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Fast Facts About Our Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making
Audience The Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making is designed for professionals who want to study the fundamentals of good financial practice, including how to identify and use critical information in corporate financial reports, so that you can make better financial decisions for your company.

The certificate is a valuable standalone credential, but also meant to be a helpful stepping stone. If you later choose to apply for a D’Amore-McKim master’s program, your graduate certificate can give you a head start.

A Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making is a fast, cost-effective way to gain business skills, bolster your résumé, and try out D’Amore-McKim—without the financial or time commitment of enrolling in a full master’s program.
Program Type  The Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making may be taken on either a full- or part-time format.
Unique Features 
  • The Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making is an opportunity to study at a U.S. News and World Report ranked top 40 U.S. research university.
  • Certificate programs are designed for busy professionals. Courses are offered on our Boston campus on weekday evenings Monday through Thursday and during the day on Saturdays. As a Boston campus based student, you may also complete one course online.
  • Upon successful completion of a graduate certificate program, you may have the option to apply your credits to eligible MBA or master's programs at Northeastern University.
  • International students who successfully complete a one-year, 15-credit graduate certificate program on campus may be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. OPT authorization allows for 12 months of work eligibility in the U.S.
Class Size  This certificate program typically enrolls approximately 20 students per term.
Class Begins  There are 3 entry terms each year in January, May, and September. Due to the class schedule and visa requirements, international students may begin their program in May or September.
Class Locations  Boston, MA
Class Schedule On-campus courses are primarily offered Monday–Thursday during the evening. Some courses are also available on Saturdays. Certificate students may take one course online. International students must complete all of their classes on campus.
Credit Hours 12–15 credits
Time to Complete  The Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making may be completed over the course of just two semesters, or spread out over as long as three years. The length of the program will depend on your course selections.
Tuition Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you will find the rate next to “Business Administration.
Where do I Apply?  Apply online
GMAT Required?  No
Interview Required?  International applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. To do so, you may elect to either submit scores from an approved language proficiency test:
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic
  • or complete an intake interview. Please see admissions criteria for additional information.