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Explore our Graduate Certificate in Managerial Accounting

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 MS 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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Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
ACCT 6000

Decision-Making Tools for Today's Financial Professional

Today's effective finance professionals use a variety of financial management tools as they seek to evaluate alternatives and make sound financial recommendations. Students will gain practical experience of a financial professional's role by using financial modeling tools such as breakeven and cost-volume-profit analysis for model pricing and cost sensitivity, forecasting and cost prediction, variance cost analysis, relevant cost analysis, project valuation and prioritization using payback, rates of return, and discounted cash flow methods. Students' increased diagnostic critical-thinking skills will help them to construct effective, ethical, fact-based arguments, which are among the fundamental capabilities required for financial decision making. Using relevant management articles, case studies, and topic analyses, students also examine how to align business needs with fact-based solutions, how to identify new opportunities, and how to manage and enhance an organization's competitive position.

(3 sem. cr.)
ACCT 6010

Analysis and Communication for the Financial Professional

An essential skill for nearly all financial professionals is the ability to effectively communicate with the organization to manage internal and external relationships. The importance of communication in finance is emphasized, and students are presented with the opportunity to practice using the tools required for effectual and efficient presentation of information while gaining critical-thinking, reading, and scholarly writing skills. Students explore various written and presentational forms of communication that financial professionals use within organizational and managerial settings. Students examine techniques for developing and presenting white papers, memoranda used to communicate issues and recommendations to management, and financial and nonfinancial information. They learn about concepts in balanced communication coverage and how to adapt to constantly changing modes of communication, including social networking, blogging, and using professional organizations and training programs to their advantage. Through these activities, students gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the financial professional as well as the ethical methodologies required to maintain a professional obligation to the community and their clients. 

(3 sem. cr.)
ACCT 6020

Legal and Ethical Issues in Accounting and Finance

In the news, it is too often that we hear about cases of financial fraud and misconduct involving major corporations. It is a social and professional obligation of financial professionals to be concerned and knowledgeable on topics involving legal and ethical issues in accounting and financial reporting. In this course, students learn to appreciate this role and explore the various legal and professional responsibilities of which financial professionals must be aware when developing financial statements and reports. They examine a variety of issues, such as the differences between statute and regulation and between common and statutory law. Students also assess the role of bankruptcy and its impact on business relationships. Through the extensive use of current and seminal case studies, students take a practical approach to examining the best practices of doing business in today's sociopolitical climate from a legal and ethical perspective.

(3 sem. cr.)
ACCT 6130

Managerial Accounting for Organizational Performance

One of the primary functions of the accountant's role is preparing internal accounting information that can be used by management for effective decision making and organizational performance. Students can gain a practical perspective into this role through case study review and analysis of pricing and contribution margin analysis, cost management and allocation, activity-based costing and throughput accounting, and inventory management. Students assess performance measurements, including key performance indicators, balanced scorecard, and forecasting. They explore operating and capital budgeting and financial planning techniques and become familiar with quantitative models and approaches used in management accounting. Through this course, students learn about the different departments and operating divisions within an organization and how they work individually and collaboratively to handle accounting responsibilities.  

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 12 total semester credit hours $905 per semester hour $10,860
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $420


TOTAL $11,280


Transfer up to 6 credits $5,640


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $5,640

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $300 to $450.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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