Business leaders depend on accurate financial information to make sound decisions about organizational performance.

With a Graduate Certificate in Managerial Accounting from Walden, you can learn how to effectively manage, analyze, and communicate complex financial data that drive business performance. The 12-credit certificate program focuses on core content areas critical to professionals in the field of accounting. The graduate-level curriculum includes courses on financial management best practices and tools, communication skills, legal and ethical issues, and more.

Whether you want to enhance your credentials, prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam* or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, or earn continuing education credits to maintain certain certifications, this graduate certificate can help you advance your career and add immediate value within your organization.

Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied toward Walden’s M.S. in Accounting program, which has earned Specialized Accounting Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Master’s degree students can also apply for the embedded certificate after they successfully complete the specified certificate courses during the degree program.

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Completion Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits

This certificate program can be completed in as little as eight months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


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*Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden’s accounting programs can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements. The B.S. in Accounting offers 120 quarter (80 semester) credit hours that include upper-level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. The M.S. in Accounting offers 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the M.B.A. Accounting specialization offers nine semester (13.5 quarter) credit hours. These programs include graduate courses in topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and legal and ethical accounting practices. This will require students to complete additional coursework to meet state requirements.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face-to-face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state’s Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure; however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state where he or she wishes to practice.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.

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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 12 total semester credit hours (4 courses) $865 per credit hour


Books and Materials Included $0


Technology Fee Per term $160




    Transfer up to 6 credits


    Total with Transfer Credits


* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee and books and supplies as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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For assistance in deciding which online certificate program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.