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The College of Professional Studies offers a thirty-six credit Certificate in Accountancy in partnership with the Villanova School of Business. The program consists of twelve (12) courses: six (6) required courses and six (6) elective courses, offered on-campus during the daytime.

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.

When paired with the appropriate undergraduate degree, the accounting credits earned through the Accountancy Certificate Program may assist those seeking to earn the 150 credit hours required in most states to sit for the CPA examination. For additional information on the education requirements for the exam, please visit the professional licensure/certification resource page.


Requirements for 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 completed 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 AccountingPrinciples of Managerial AccountingCorporate 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. 

Visit the Admissions webpage to view all admissions requirements. Once you have reviewed the process and requirements, you may apply to your program of interest.

The educational requirements for the CPA exam in various states can be found on the professional licensure/certification resource page on the Office of the Provost website.  

All students, faculty and staff who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, visit the University's Vaccine Info webpage.


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College of Professional Studies

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Villanova, PA 19085

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.