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Advanced Accounting

Online Advanced Accounting Certificate Program

The Advanced Accounting Certificate program is designed for students who have completed the Fundamentals of Accounting program or equivalent course work. The courses in this online program provide in-depth and advanced knowledge of a range of topics, from auditing to income tax to research and communication. Students who have already completed significant course work in accounting may use these courses to complete requirements for the Illinois CPA examination or CPA exams in other states.

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About the Online Advanced Accounting Certificate Program

Advanced Accounting Goals and Courses

Additional Information

Students should have substantial academic experience in basic accounting or equivalent accounting knowledge before beginning the Advanced Accounting post-baccalaureate certificate. Recommended prerequisites are:

  • ACCOUNT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACCOUNT 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • ACCOUNT 208 Income Tax
  • ACCOUNT 210 Intermediate Accounting
  • ACCOUNT 310 Managerial Cost Accounting

The courses above can be completed in the online certificate program Fundamentals of Accounting, and are in the curriculum for the online CPA Preparation program.

Advanced Accounting Program Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

Admission for the Online Advanced Accounting Certificate Program

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found at the Admission page.

Advanced Accounting Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

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Program Courses:Course Detail
Intermediate Accounting II <> ACCOUNT 211-DL

This course covers the accounting problems of a corporation's valuation, cost allocation, stockholder equity, and long-term debt; leases, pension plans, and income tax allocations; financial statement construction, effect of errors, cash and other funds, and issues relating to the analysis of financial statements; the present-value concept. Prerequisite: ACCOUNT 210.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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Income Tax II <> ACCOUNT 308-DL

This course is a continuation in the field of taxation with particular attention to the field of corporate and business taxation at the Federal level. Corporate formation and capital structure, corporate income tax, other corporate levies, consolidated tax returns, partnerships, and S-corporations are among the topics covered. Some IRS forms will be used, but the emphasis will be upon a deeper understanding of federal tax law. Prerequisite: ACCOUNT 208 (Income Tax I).

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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Auditing I <> ACCOUNT 350-DL

Auditing Principles and Procedures provides the foundational concepts of balance sheet audits, allowing students to exercise the role of an external auditor, identifying audit risks, determining appropriate audit techniques and evidencing, and executing audits of primary financial areas present at most companies. Students will be confronted with common ethical issues faced by auditors, issues of auditor independence, fraud risks, and audits of key accounting cycles such as cash, accounts receivable, inventories, accounts payable, debt and capital. By the end of this course, students will be proficient in recognizing audit risks at both, the client and financial statement line level, writing engagement letters, and communicating results to auditees. Students will join group discussions, complete online homework assignments, research and write papers on various topics, and complete online quizzes and examinations. Students are highly encouraged to share articles and their own experiences related to auditing and auditors as part of their assignments.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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Auditing II <> ACCOUNT 360-DL

Auditing II builds on foundational audit concepts and applies them to real-life situations including the understanding and analysis of company financial statements. The course also introduces a number of internal control frameworks and standards, explores alternatives to the traditional financial statement audit, compares and contrasts the roles of the external and internal auditor, and considers whether auditors can be truly independent. By the end of this course, students will be proficient in analyzing financial statements, including understanding a company’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as whether a company presents a good investment opportunity. Students will also be able to design audit procedures to prevent or detect fraud and will have an understanding of the differences between IT controls and manual controls. Students will join group discussions, complete online homework assignments, research and write papers on various topics, participate in group projects and complete online quizzes and examinations. Students are highly encouraged to share articles and their own experiences related to auditing and auditors as part of their assignments.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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Topics: International Accounting <> ACCOUNT 390-DL

This course covers accounting issues uniquely confronted by companies involved in international business. The primary focus of the course is to provide an overview of international accounting by drawing on real business problems, economies, and finance in order to understand what is contained in and how to develop and interpret financial reports. The course includes fundamental financial accounting concepts and methods across countries.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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Topics: Research and Communication <> ACCOUNT 390-DL

CPAs are required to conduct research when performing tax, accounting, and auditing services. The successful accountant will not only be able to access and utilize online databases but also concisely convey their findings to clients and third parties using proper grammar and punctuation. This course introduces the type of research the professional will encounter in their practice and covers the available research databases and steps to conduct such research. Also covered are communication techniques, grammar, and punctuation.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition


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Topics: Forensic Accounting ACCOUNT 390-DL

This course is designed for students who wish to explore the forensic accounting profession. Since most students have been or will be affected by fraud on a personal and/or professional level, this course is also designed for students who simply wish to know more about forensic accounting so that they are in a much better position to recognize fraud and know how to respond. Students completing this course will have a basic understanding of forensic accounting opportunities and career possibilities in this field. Students will apply accounting, research, and investigative skills and become knowledgeable about areas of the law relating to fraud examination and litigation services. These skills, when combined with this knowledge, will enable students to collect, analyze, and evaluate evidential matter and to interpret and communicate their findings.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.


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