Accountancy Certificate

Villanova College of Professional Studies offers a thirty-six credit Certificate in Accountancy through the School of Business. The program consists of twelve (12) courses, six (6) required and six (6) electives.
The Accountancy Certificate allows those with bachelor's degrees in liberal arts or other non-business majors to acquire accounting expertise. It is designed for both individuals wishing to pursue a career in business or government accounting and the self-employed who require a stronger accounting background.

The accounting credits earned through the Accountancy Certificate Program will assist those who wish to sit for the Pennsylvania CPA examination. Please review the information below regarding changes to the educational requirements for the Pennsylvania CPA Exam effective January 1, 2012.

The Accountancy Certificate Program consists of six (6) required accounting courses:


Electives (6 courses):


Notes regarding the Certificate in Accountancy:

  • To be eligible for this certificate, you must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Students are required to have any prerequisite courses necessary (indicated in Villanova's Undergraduate Catalog) for any particular course in the certificate program. 
  • A maximum of four (4) courses may be transferred in from the following four – Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Corporate Responsibility, and Principles of Finance. No other course substitutions will be allowed. All upper-level courses in the certificate program must be completed at Villanova University.  

CPA Candidacy Requirements

Pennsylvania CPA candidates must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree and complete at least 150 credit hours, with 36 semester-credits in accounting subjects. These subjects include accounting and auditing, business law, finance, and tax subjects acceptable to the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy (SBOA). Accounting-related credits can be accomplished through undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of both levels of study.

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When I started the program at Villanova, I was an accounts receivable clerk at Urban Outfitters home office, working for their Free People brand. During my second semester at Nova they moved me into the accounting dept as the staff accountant. In March, I was promoted to Free People Senior Accountant for Retail and Direct to Consumer distribution channels.  In my new role, I am heading up all accounting for our 100+ stores and our website. Pursuing the accounting certificate has already paid off, I am so glad that I made the decision to go for it. 

Emily Williams