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Accounting Specialist Certificate

Advance Your Career with an LSU Certificate

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Accounting professionals are needed in the business side of organizations across industries, and are essential to advise in any financial decisions those organizations make. Take the next step in your plan to earn a CPA license, and learn the basics as well as the advanced topics in accounting with the Certificate in Accounting from LSU Online & Continuing Education. Through this program, students will learn the procedures of cost accounting, the fundamentals of taxation, and the standards for auditing. Upon completion of this program, graduates will receive a certificate with which they can display their subject matter expertise.

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Required Courses

  • ACCT 3121 - Cost Analysis and Control | Credit Hours: 3
  • ACCT 3221 - Income Tax Accounting I | Credit Hours: 3
  • ACCT 3222 - Auditing | Credit Hours: 3

Advanced Electives (two required)

  • ACCT 4235 - Fraud Auditing and Forensic Accounting | Credit Hours: 3
  • ACCT 4421 - Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting | Credit Hours: 3

Total credit hours per program: 15 credit hours Cost per three-credit course: $866 Total cost with fees: $4,380* *(includes application fee) Payment is due prior to beginning the course.

Note: Prices are subject to change. Cost does not include the price of textbooks. Contact an Enrollment Coach to see what savings you may qualify for.


The courses in this Certificate are regular three-credit LSU courses offered through Online Distance Learning. You are allowed six months to complete each course; however, because courses are self-paced, you may complete a course in as little as four weeks. Each course includes a syllabus that explains the course requirements. The courses are completed entirely online.


To qualify for the certificate program, you must have earned a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from an accredited, four-year college or university prior to applying for the program. An official transcript must be sent in support of the program application to document the degree. Prior to enrollment in any certificate course, you must have successfully completed 6 semester hours of credit in intermediate accounting. Credits previously earned through LSU ODL for certificate courses may be applied to the certificate if they were earned within two years of your application to the certificate program. For an accounting course to qualify as a prerequisite for this program, a grade of "C" or better must be earned in that course. Complete an application and submit it with a non-refundable $50 application fee. Have official transcripts sent to the program office. Admission to the credit certificate program does not constitute admission to the University as a degree-seeking student. Participants must complete all requirements within a four-year period. Certificates will be awarded to participants who successfully complete each course with a grade of C or better. Participants who do not earn a C or better in one or more courses will be required to repeat the course(s).

MicroCred® Digital Badge Details

Successful completion of all courses within the program earns you an official LSU digital badge to show off your skill sets. This badge can be used to bulk up your online résumé and showcase your expertise in the topic. Badges are distributed through Badgr. For more information on digital badges, visit the LSU digital badge page. If you have completed this program, request your badge.

Potential Career Outlook

Accountant Financial Manager Auditor