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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 Principles and Proced <> ACCOUNT 350-CN

This course applies the basic audit paradigm or model to balance-sheet audits and related cycles. It features in-depth analysis of the theories of audit evidence, sampling, legal responsibilities, internal control, and audit planning, and how all of these apply to audits and to the profession. The course addresses the function of auditing in the economic and political system, and investigates how economic and political changes affect the auditing profession. The professional standards auditors must meet, as well as underlying ethical principles, are also covered. Case studies, including nonprofits, for-profits, and manufacturing and services companies and organizations, are used so that students can learn from each other's experiences and develop team skills as they apply auditing principles to real situations. Students are encouraged to share articles and their own experiences related to auditing and auditors, and to develop them into short case studies. Prerequisite: ACCOUNT 211.


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Auditing II <> ACCOUNT 360-DL

This course continues the study of auditing topics introduced in ACCOUNT 350 and includes financial statements beyond the balance sheet, issues in computer-based auditing, and recent developments in the field. Prerequisite: ACCOUNT 350.

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


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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.


There is no available section.
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.


There is no available section.
Topics in Accounting: 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


There is no available section.
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