2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Certificate in Accounting


Many graduates want to obtain professional certification.  The most popular certification is that of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  As in most states, students seeking CPA licensure in Virginia have to meet a 150 credit-hour requirement.  A School of Business student has the option to pursue dual degrees in accounting and business (with a concentration in information management or finance).  The option has a 30 semester-hour curriculum for the 5th year.  The student would receive two diplomas, and both degrees will appear on the student's permanent academic record.  Please see a faculty advisor or the department head for more information.

In addition to the CPA exam, graduates of the School of Business programs may also take the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exam, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) exam and others.  Students interested in taking one of these exams are encouraged to talk to an advisor during their junior year to determine the necessary course requirements.

Certificate in Accounting

In order to serve a wider student population at Norfolk State University, the Department of Accountancy has developed a part-time Certificate Program in Accounting offered through the School of Extended Learning. The program is designed to provide students with strong accounting skills and depending upon the choice of electives, the skills related to tax returns, payroll systems, business plan preparation, and financial statement analysis.

Core Area: (Required)

ACC 201Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
ACC 301Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 302Intermediate Accounting II3
Total Credits12

Elective Courses:

Select any four (4) courses from the following:12
Federal Income Tax I
Federal Income Tax II
Accounting Systems
Financial Statement Analysis
Advanced Accountng II
Cost Accounting
Governmental & Not-For-Profit Accounting
Selected Topics in Accounting
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Legal Environment for Business