Successful businesses need professionals with a strong background in accounting and finance who can create innovative solutions to complex problems. By earning your Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making—in just five or six courses—you’ll build the skills necessary to analyze financial statements, identify the strategic implications, assess risk, and make informed decisions.

Program Overview

  • Program Structure: 5–6 courses
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evenings at 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, or 100% online
  • Time to Complete: 8 months when studying full-time; 8 months to 3 years when studying part-time; 5 months to 2 years when studying online

Unique Features

145+

countries represented by Northeastern students and faculty

12 or 15

credits may be applied toward a future MBA

Top 50

among national universities (U.S. News & World Report)

3

study options

  • Increase your understanding of essential financial practices, including identifying and analyzing critical information in corporate financial reports
  • Develop your managerial skills by studying time-tested frameworks for decision-making
  • Specialize your studies with electives that are relevant to your goals   
  • Build applied financial experience by joining the student management team of the 360 Huntington Fund—a real fund in Northeastern’s endowment—and researching and presenting your own stock recommendations to a panel of your peers
  • Access expert career guidance from an experienced counselor at Northeastern’s office of Employer Engagement and Career Design
  • Build the foundation for a future master’s degree from Northeastern—you may be able to apply your certificate credits toward an eligible master’s program

Admissions

  • GMAT Required? No.
  • Where do I apply? Apply using this application.
  • Interview required? International applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. You may demonstrate this in one of two ways: submit your test score from TOEFL iBTIELTS, or PTE academic; or complete an intake interview.

Helpful guides

Application Checklist

Need guidance on completing your application? The application checklist provides step-by-step instructions and tips from our admissions team.

Personal Statement Guide

Need guidance in composing the personal statement for your application? The essay guide will help you organize your thoughts and draft your copy.

There are three entry terms each year in January, May, and September.

Deadlines & Decisions

Find the deadlines and decision dates you need to know. Submit your application by the earliest date possible for priority consideration.

Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you’ll find the cost per credit listed next to “D’Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.

Scholarships and Fellowships

D’Amore-McKim offers and partners with organizations that provide a variety of scholarships and fellowships to foster diversity and inclusion. Examples of these include The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Graduate Fellowship, Prospansica MBA Scholarship, Posse MBA Scholarship and Reach Out MBA Fellowship.

Clubs and Organizations

Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:

Graduate Students of Color Collective

The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.

Grad Q

Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.

Campus Resources

We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.

Curriculum

You can study for your Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making full-time, part-time, or 100% online.

In all formats, you’ll learn from faculty—financial experts, consultants, and respected industry leaders—who belong to the #1 behavioral accounting research group in the country. You’ll study alongside a diverse group of students with a mix of industry and academic backgrounds.

Your coursework will explore the essentials of financial strategy, financial reporting, and information analysis.  You’ll dive into topics such as . . .

  • Financial statement preparation and analysis
  • Resource acquisition
  • Capital budgeting and structure
  • Strategic decision-making
  • Risk management
  • Information technology

Choose Your Format

Study on our Boston campus and complete the program in eight months. Full-time study is F-1 visa compliant.

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