Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

Qualify to sit for the CPA exam with a certificate from Oregon’s largest accounting program.

Portland State University’s post-baccalaureate accounting certificate provides students to efficiently meet the educational requirements for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. 

Offered by PSU’s nationally-ranked and accredited School of Business, the accounting certificate is open to anyone who holds a bachelor’s degree in a non-accounting discipline, and to international students with any bachelor’s degree. If you seek an Oregon CPA license, our accounting post-baccalaureate certificate equips you with the professional accounting expertise you need to:

  • Sit for the CPA exam
  • Migrate to an accounting career
  • Acquire accounting skills to add value in your current job

PSU accounting students routinely find accounting positions with Big 4, regional and local accounting firms, as well as corporations, nonprofits, and governmental agencies. Whether you’re a recent college graduate, military veteran or mid-career professional, our post-baccalaureate accounting program provides a flexible, affordable path to a CPA license.

Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate: Why PSU?

  • Outstanding industry connections. Since PSU’s accounting program is so well connected in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest, you’ll interact regularly with accountants and employers both on and off campus. Employers from all sectors actively recruit our accounting students for jobs and internships, and they’re often on campus for job fairs, classroom activities and other events.
  • Practical skills development. The post-baccalaureate accounting program emphasizes applied skills that have high value in the job market. You’ll work with industry-standard accounting software like Tableau and Quickbooks in the classroom and in real-world settings such as professional internships. 
  • Flexibility and affordability. Our accounting certificate classes are scheduled to accommodate the demands of working professionals. You can take upper-division courses on campus, online or in hybrid (online/on campus) format.
  • Outstanding faculty. Accounting courses are taught by high-quality instructors who combine advanced scholarship with direct experience in the accounting industry. They’ll share lessons you can’t find in any accounting textbook, along with professional contacts, career guidance, and mentorship.
  • Excellent hiring record. PSU accounting graduates work throughout greater Portland for corporations, accounting firms nonprofits, and government agencies. Because of our high name recognition and strong reputation with employers, PSU’s post-baccalaureate accounting certificate helps you stand out in the job market. 

Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate Highlights

  • Nationally ranked business school
  • Elite dual accreditation in accounting and business from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Flexible format with upper-division courses available on campus, online or in hybrid (online/on campus) format
  • More than 800 business internships and jobs posted to PSU students each year
  • Accounting Mentor Program offers career guidance from active accounting professionals
  • Career development support hones your interviewing, resume writing, job search, and business etiquette skills
  • High-touch academic advising
  • Convenient application and admission procedures
  • A strong foundation for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam
  • Highly active, award-winning chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the student accounting honors society

What Can I Do With a Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate?

The post-baccalaureate accounting program advances you toward eligibility to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam and is viewed as equivalent to a bachelor's degree in accounting in the regional job market. Many graduates of our accounting certificate program become practicing CPAs in audit or tax. You can also use the degree to earn a promotion with your current employer, take on expanded job responsibilities, or explore new career pathways in:

  • Consulting
  • Corporate accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Governmental accounting
  • Nonprofit accounting

For CPA licensing requirements in Oregon, visit the Oregon Board of Accountancy at www.oregon.gov/BOA. For CPA licensing requirements in other states, visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy at www.nasba.org

Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate Curriculum

The accounting certificate requires 48 to 50 credits after completing prerequisites. You may be able to satisfy some of these prerequisites or certificate requirements via transfer credits from accredited institutions. Consult an admissions adviser or review our sequence sheet to determine your status.

Core subject matter includes: 

  • Accounting information systems and accounting analytics
  • Financial reporting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Auditing
  • Governmental accounting
  • Taxation

View the Accounting Advising Guide and the PBAC Advising Guide.

Additional electives are also available in advanced taxation, advanced audit, nonprofit accounting, accounting analytics, business law, and forensic accounting.

View thePDF iconAccounting Advising Guide and the PBAC Advising Guide.

Download the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate Sequence Sheet (PDF) for additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences. Visit Degree Requirements for detailed requirements for your entire degree.


Accreditation

PSU’s accounting program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Accreditation promotes excellence and continuous improvement in education. The accounting program has adopted a mission statement, as well as learning goals for its undergraduate accounting and Master of Tax (link) students.

The PSU accounting program will be known for:

  • Meaningful engagement between the accounting community, our faculty and our students.
  • Delivering a deep, practical accounting education and life-long learning skills to a diverse student body.
  • Intellectual contributions of practical value that are understood and appreciated by our professional constituents.

Undergraduate learning goals:

  • Technical Knowledge: Graduates will possess the technical accounting knowledge necessary for entry-level positions in the accounting profession.
  • Critical Thinking: Graduates will apply critical thinking skills to identify and apply accounting judgment.
  • Ethical Reasoning: Graduates will incorporate ethical principles of the accounting profession when analyzing and responding to accounting issues.
  • Communication:  Graduates will be able to produce effective communications.