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Online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Leadership

Jump-start Your Career in the Business and Financial World

Advance your accounting career with the online graduate certificate in Accounting Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. With innovative courses and qualified faculty already in place, you will find everything you need to elevate your potential in one rigorous program.

You’ll receive advanced training in financial communication, a strong understanding of emerging trends within the industry, and preparation for your next step as a leader in accounting. After completing the certificate, you may continue your education with our Master of Science in Accounting by taking six additional courses.

Lead the Way in Accounting

  • Our courses are designed to provide the most up-to-date and reliable resources
  • Dedicated faculty are established and committed to your success
  • Low-cost-per-credit courses make it easy to balance your responsibilities without a heavy financial burden

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What Sets Our Online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Leadership Apart?

Do you have what it takes to become a leader in the fast-paced and in-demand accounting field? With the online graduate certificate in Accounting Leadership program, you’ll become equipped with the expertise and financial skills today’s employers demand. Experts teach courses that provide credit that can be applied to a master’s degree program and your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure.

Program Highlights

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Receive digital badges for all graduate certificate courses
  • Earn 12 credits to apply toward Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure

Course List & Requirements

The online Accounting Leadership certificate courses are formulated to provide you with the right tools to build on the skills needed for an accounting management role. The novelty of the certificate is in developing financial communication skills and the ability to stay on top of emerging issues. By completing the four courses in the certificate, you have an opportunity to finish the master’s degree in accounting taking only six more courses.

  • This course identifies developing areas in accounting and encourages students to research the issues, think critically, evaluate alternatives, and communicate conclusions orally and in writing. The course addresses the role of the contemporary accountant, international accounting standards, the future of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, standard-setting and regulation, ethics, and other developing issues.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Examine and summarize the role that the accountant plays as a strategic business partner
    • Analyze the historical and current accounting standard-setting process
    • Compare International Standards to US GAAP
    • Research and summarize current accounting emerging issues
    • Analyze the current Congressional business tax rulings
    • Communicate conclusions with clarity and coherence

  • This course provides students with an understanding of how accounting and other information necessary to assess a firm’s economic status is created, packaged, and disseminated to a company’s management team and external users such as investors, customers, analysts, and the financial media. The course also covers academic writing used in the program and information literacy required for research.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Evaluate methods used to communicate complex accounting concepts
    • Interpret how effectively annual reports communicate an organization’s objectives
    • Develop different communication strategies for all stakeholders
    • Employ multimedia, hypermedia, and electronic literature resources to gather and distribute accounting and business knowledge and information
    • Employ clear writing and speaking skills appropriate to the audience
    • Capture ideas, data, and relationships visually

  • This course covers how accounting leaders assist a company in making strategic financial decisions and explores the relationship between ethics and leadership. Students learn behaviors to accelerate high performance and create an ethical environment.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Develop a definition of ethical leadership that encompasses social responsibility and civic engagement
    • Use tools for conflict resolution, managing diversity, and building teams
    • Evaluate team strategies to enhance team productivity
    • Analyze organizational theories to manage strategically
    • Assess the congruence between personal norms and ethical principles
    • Demonstrate respectful engagement with others’ ideas, behaviors, and beliefs
    • Apply diverse frames of reference to decisions and actions
    • Resolve issues based on evidence weighed against relevant criteria

  • This course uses data analytic processes and models to identify, translate, test, and communicate financial information. Students learn to identify data quality and reliability and to explore problem-solving through statistical data analysis.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Explain why data analytics matters to accountants
    • Apply and translate accounting data
    • Analyze and visualize data sets of an organization
    • Develop and interpret results of KPIs and financial analysis
    • Interpret and evaluate using the IMPACT approach
    • Prepare text mining and sentiment analysis on financial statement data
    • Communicate financial reporting data in a professional and engaging manner

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


The online Accounting Leadership certificate is designed to be completed in as little as eight months and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don’t need GRE/GMAT scores to apply. For admission to the program, you’ll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the program director’s discretion

  • No prerequisite coursework or experience is required for this program.

  • No GRE/GMAT scores are needed to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy or in person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online Accounting Leadership Graduate Certificate:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online Accounting Leadership Graduate Certificate:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Accounting Leadership certificate.

Strategize and Navigate Your Team in the Complex Business World

The skills and knowledge learned in the online Accounting Leadership graduate certificate program are essential for you to immerse yourself in the workforce after graduation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can expect the following from a career as an accountant or auditor:

Budget Analysts


Financial Managers


Personal Financial Advisors


growth rate is expected for financial managers from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations3


of financial managers made over $208,000 in 20213

What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate complex accounting situations
  • Assess emerging and global accounting issues that can contribute to organizational success
  • Articulate a process for making ethical decisions
  • Communicate complex financial information in a clear and concise manner

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online accounting leadership graduate certificate program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the next start date. This program offers three start dates a year in August, January and May.

The Accounting Leadership Certificate program does not accept transfer credits.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

All the information about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found in the admissions section on this page.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Accounting Leadership Certificate, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.

No.The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the degree offered on campus.

To earn your online Accounting Leadership Certificate, you will complete 12 credit hours of program work. You'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as eight weeks.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Accountants and Auditors.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on July 5, 2022, from
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Budget Analysts.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on July 5, 2022, from
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Financial Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on July 5, 2022, from
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Personal Financial Advisors.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved on July 5, 2022, from