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Whitworth's undergraduate certificate programs set you on a path to success, helping you develop your professional skills, so your résumé will stand out in a pool of qualified applicants.

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Accounting Certificate

Looking to start a career in accounting or become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)? Whitworth's accounting certificate is designed to prepare you for work in the field of accounting and will provide you with all the accounting credits needed to meet the Washington state CPA education requirements. You can complete the accounting certificate on its own in just 16-20 months, or earn it as part of a bachelor's degree program

Snapshot
Course Format Online or in person; Mondays & Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. (no Saturdays)
Location Options Online
U-District 
Average Completion Time 16-20 months
Start Date Prerequisite courses begin August of odd years
Certificate series begins January of even years
Cost $560 per credit.* Course materials provided at no extra cost.
Eligibility Available to School of Continuing Studies students & adult community members (23 and above)

 *For the 2022-23 academic year; certificate courses can be audited for a reduced cost if credits are not needed, with purchase of course materials.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Managerial Accounting (3 credits)

Certificate Requirements – 24 credits

BU 334 Intermediate Accounting I 4 credits
BU 335 Intermediate Accounting II 4 credits
BU 332 Cost Accounting 3 credits
BU 466 Principles of Auditing 3 credits
BU 336 Introduction to Taxation 4 credits
BU 357 Financial Management 3 credits
BU 240 Business Law 3 credits

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

"At Whitworth, the students create strong bonds with each other. I see these bonds lasting a lifetime. The classes are filled with people and teachers who really want to see you succeed."

Ashley Vasquez '20

Operations Management Certificate

Show how you can add value to any organization; learn skills you can use across all industries, from human resources to purchasing to administration. You can complete the operations management certificate on its own in just 9 months, or earn it as part of any of our bachelor's degree programs

  • Complete the certificate in less than one year
  • Evening classes allow you to attend after work
  • Choose to attend class online or at Whitworth's U-District location
Snapshot
Course Format Online or in person; One evening per week from 6-10 p.m. (no Saturdays)
Location Options Online
U-District 
Average Completion Time 9 months
Start Date every August
Cost $560 per credit.* Course materials provided at no extra cost.
Eligibility Available to School of Continuing Studies students & adult community members (23 and above)

 *For the 2022-23 academic year; certificate courses can be audited for a reduced cost if credits are not needed, with purchase of course materials

Certificate Requirements - 12 Credits

BU 361 Lean Management 3 credits
MA 256 Elementary Probability & Statistics 3 credits
BU 314 Introduction to Operations Management 3 credits
BU 331 Project Management 3 credits