LSU Continuing Education Certificate Programs LSU Certificate in Accounting
The financial sector continues to be among the strongest areas of job growth in the nation.
Frequent changes in accounting law and a new focus on ethics in accounting practice have expanded
high-paying opportunities in the accounting field. The LSU Certificate in Accounting provides the
credit courses needed to advance your knowledge of accounting principles and financial reporting
practices, and it can help you gain the knowledge and credentials necessary to further your career
in this rewarding field.
Program Policies and Procedures
The certificate program is offered by Louisiana State University Continuing Education, in
cooperation with the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business. The College of Business is accredited by the
AACSB. The program is for individuals who complete significant intermediate and advanced college-level
coursework in accounting and related disciplines. This certificate is designed for working professionals
who intend to pursue CPA certification or an advanced business degree, and who need to earn additional
undergraduate credits in accounting.
All courses for the certificate program are offered through distance learning by LSU Independent
& Distance Learning. Participants may enroll at any time in these courses, and no class meetings are
required. Courses are delivered via both print-based correspondence courses and Internet-based online
courses. The course content and instructors are approved by the LSU Department of Accounting.
To qualify for the certificate program, you must have earned a bachelorís 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 IDL 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
Certificate applicants will complete five required courses for a total of 15 semester hours of credit.
Courses may be taken in any order.
Students will take courses that are already part of the Independent & Distance Learning program.
These courses are
identical to those with the same titles in the undergraduate accounting program apart from the method of
instruction. Faculty members approved by the Department of Accounting provide instruction
for all courses. Students must successfully complete each required course with a grade of "C" or better to
complete the certificate.
Certificate students may enroll in the courses at any time during the year.
All prerequisite requirements must be satisfied.
Persons interested in pursuing the certificate should apply no later than enrollment in a
second certificate course.
Certificate students must pay all course tuition and fees according to normal policies.
Certificate students must enroll in three required courses and two electives for a total of
15 semester hours of credit.
Students may transfer one equivalent course from an accredited college or university
(transcript must be provided).
To be accepted, transfer course grades must be "C" or better.
The single transfer course limitation does not apply to courses completed through LSU Independent
& Distance Learning. All relevant courses taken through LSU Independent & Distance Learning can be applied towards the certificate
requirements provided the courses were completed no more than 2 years prior to the date of application.
Candidates for certificates must complete all requirements within a four-year period.
Certificates will be awarded to students who complete each course with a grade of C or better.
Students who fail to earn a "C" or better in one or more courses will be required to repeat the course(s)
to count toward the certificate.
When a student has completed all required coursework, the certificate student must notify the program
coordinator via the
Notice of Completion option or in writing. Before a certificate will be mailed, we need
to confirm the certificate requirements have been met and the students current mailing address.