Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

School of Continuing Studies certificate programs consist of a short series of courses which allow students to develop a specialized skill set or gain a deeper understanding of a unique facet in a field of study. For degree seeking students, courses with a certificate program may be taken for credit and applied towards a degree either as elective credits or as part of a major if applicable. For non-degree seeking students, courses must be taken for credit in order to appear on a transcript. Non-credit bearing courses will not appear on a transcript and are not eligible for federal financial aid. Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of the entire series of courses.  

Certificate in Accounting

Whitworth's Certificate in Accounting is designed to help you learn the accounting principles you need to take the CPA exam. You can complete the accounting certificate on its own in just 16 months if you’ve already taken the prerequisite courses, or earn it as part of a bachelor's degree program. The 24-credit series begins in January each even-numbered year; prerequisite courses begin in August on odd-numbered years.

The learning outcomes of the accounting certificate prepare the student to:

  1. communicate complex financial results;
  2. be conversant with ethical foundations in the field of accounting;
  3. use financial results to make financial recommendations in business situations; 
  4. participate in corporate level decision making.

Requirements for a Certificate in Accounting (24)

Prerequisites:
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Certificate Requirements
BU 334Intermediate Accounting I4
BU 335Intermediate Accounting II4
BU 332Cost Accounting3
BU 466Principles of Auditing3
BU 336Introduction to Taxation4
BU 357Financial Management3
BU 240Business Law3

In order to take the CPA exam in the state of Washington, candidates must meet the following education requirements:
At least 150 credits of college education, including...

  • A baccalaureate or higher degree; 
  • 24 credits in accounting subjects (15 at the upper level or graduate level); and
  • 24 credits in business administration subjects

Certificate in Operations Management

The Certificate in Operations Management is designed to develop valuable professional skills that will help students add value to any organization; across all industries, from human resources to purchasing to administration. 

The learning outcomes of the operations management certificate prepare the student to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the difference between production and service operations planning.
  2. Use appropriate industry standard tools to answer complex strategic planning questions.
  3. Clearly communicate to others the issue, the proposed solutions and the outcome of real-world cases

Certificate in Operations Management (12)

BU 361Lean Management3
MA 256Elementary Probability and Statistics3
BU 314Introduction to Operations Management3
BU 331Project Management3