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Online Accounting Certificate


The certificate in accounting online from Belhaven University is an opportunity for students to enter the accounting profession. There is a high demand in the job market for persons with accounting degrees. There are not enough accounting graduates to supply the demand, so the increasing competition to hire them means that salaries are rising. Belhaven’s flexible online accounting certificate courses bring the classroom to life and provides a quality learning experience so you can succeed in your education and career.

Because of the high demand for accountants, some Belhaven accounting students are able to secure accounting jobs or internships while they are still students and get on-the-job training and experience. An online accounting certificate from Belhaven can open up career opportunities like public, tax, government, corporate, managerial, cost and not-for-profit accounting as well as auditing and internal auditing.

Students completing the online accounting certificate program will have taken all courses required to qualify to take the CPA exam in Mississippi. Since certificate students already hold a bachelor’s degree in another major, they should also have enough credits to satisfy the 150-hour requirement. Students planning to take the CPA exam in other states must check with that state’s board of public accountancy to ensure they will qualify.

Accounting Certificate Curriculum Summary

The following 12 courses (36 credit hours) are required:

Accounting Certificate Curriculum Summary
Course #Course NameCredits
ACC217 Computerized Accounting 3
ACC313 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC314 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC337 Cost Accounting 3
ACC411 Individual Income Tax Accounting 3
ACC412 Auditing 3
ACC413 Advanced Accounting 3
ACC421 Accounting for Taxes on Business 3
ACC424 Governmental Accounting 3
BUS360 Operations Management 3
ACC490 Forensic Accounting 3
BUS415 Business Law II 3
  TOTAL 36

Course Descriptions

See Online College Catalogue for course descriptions.

Admission Information

As you apply for admission to Belhaven University, formerly Belhaven College, you can use this checklist to assist you in the process. Each item required is necessary to apply, be accepted and register at the college. If you have any questions about admission, contact


    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. You may make copies of the transcript request form provided. Full credit is usually allowed for students transferring work from another regionally accredited institution. See Transferability of Credit Notice. The registrar will determine if the work is consistent with a liberal arts curriculum.
    • Students applying with fewer than 12 semester hours of college credit acceptable by Belhaven must also submit an official high school transcript showing the date of graduation. A 2.0 grade point on a 4.0 scale average is required.
    • A student who has earned the General Education Development (GED) certificate may be admitted. An official GED transcript must be provided from the State Department of Education of the state that issued the certificate. Subscores must be 450 or higher or an average standard score of 500 or higher to be considered for admission.

    • A student who is applying with fewer than 12 semester hours of college credit must send to the office of admission an official high school transcript showing the date of graduation as well as an official report of the ACT or SAT score directly from the testing service. Applications will be processed and admission status determined when all required items, including the ACT or SAT, where applicable, are on file.
    • Freshmen who have graduated and been out of high school for five years or more will not be required to submit an ACT score, but their applications must come before the committee.
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of proficiency in English by scoring 525 or above on the paper-based or 71 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL requirements may be waived if English proficiency can be demonstrated through other reliable documentation. Proficiency is usually demonstrated by at least two years of successful academic work at the college or university level in the United States.
    • A veteran who wishes to be assessed for military credit or who will use veteran benefits must submit a copy of Form DD214 and/or DD295 to Belhaven University.