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Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

Complete Credit Hours for the CPA Exam

If you have a non-accounting degree or need more credits to sit for the CPA exam, this certificate program will provide tax, accounting, finance and auditing courses to prepare you for an accounting career.

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 45

Program Benefits

  • IACBE Accredited
  • CPA Exam Preparation
  • Comprehensive Accounting Course Topics
  • Flexible Online Learning Platform

About the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

The Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate is meant for those who do not have an accounting degree but want to become an accountant or CPA. Those with an accounting degree may need additional credit hours in order to sit for the CPA exam. Upper-level coursework will prepare you for various types of accounting and taxation.

While some might consider accounting a primarily numbers-based field, this type of work in today’s marketplace also involves interpersonal communication, collaboration, problem solving and management of both people and systems. These are the same skills you will practice in EOU’s accounting program as you work with classmates, expert faculty and community partners.


EOU’s business programs are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). This affiliation represents EOU’s commitment to a quality business education and consistent, continuing evaluation; you can be sure that your certificate program will effectively prepare you for today’s business careers.

Accounting Certificate Curriculum

The online Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate requires 13 courses totaling 45 credit hours. Four of those courses are in intermediate/advanced accounting; you will also study not-for-profit accounting, cost accounting and forensic accounting.

In addition to your accounting coursework, you will take courses in business finance, income tax, corporate tax, auditing and managerial finance. After the certificate program, you will be prepared for the CPA exam with both credit hours and content knowledge.

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  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Be formally admitted to EOU as a post-baccalaureate undergraduate student (complete the undergraduate application).
  • Complete prerequisite courses that are not part of the certificate. These include financial accounting, managerial accounting, business communications, information management, macroeconomics, statistics and college algebra.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Application and fee
  • Resume and Cover Letter
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
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What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

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Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $11,925. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.* An additional $13.50 per credit hour will be applied to accounting, business and economics courses.

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*Note: a cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

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Program Outcomes

  • Prepare for the CPA exam
  • Satisfy increased demand for qualified accountants, especially from California
  • Gain advanced accounting knowledge

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that accountants and auditors make a median annual salary of $70,500.¹

Budget analysts, a related occupation, can make a median annual salary of $76,220.²

The BLS also reports that business and financial operations occupations are projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.³

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

You will need 225 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam in Oregon.

For credit, you must earn a C- or better for all certificate coursework, or a minimum 2.00 GPA.

You are still eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate; speak with your enrollment counselor or academic advisor for more information.

The online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time with two classes every 11 weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you the opportunity to fully absorb the information in your coursework. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

The first step is to start your application.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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¹Accountants and Auditors. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

²Budget Analysts. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from

³Business and Financial Occupations. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from