Foundations of Accounting Certificate

Looking to make a transition to an accounting career? You’re not alone! Because it offers competitive salaries and predictable credentials, accounting is a great field for career-changers.  

Our flexible, once-a-week evening classes are designed for working adults, so you can fit classes in without quitting your job. Thanks to our accelerated 8-week class format, most of our students finish the certificate in one year or less. 

Program Highlights

  • Get a solid foundation in the basics of accounting. 

  • Finish your certificate fast in our accelerated format. New courses start every 8 weeks. Classes meet only one night a week. 

  • Start in the fall and finish your certificate in one year (even with no accounting background). 

  • Finish the prerequisites for a MS-Accountancy degree at a reduced price. 

  • Receive personalized career coaching from our dedicated faculty. 

  • Qualify for entry-level bookkeeping and assistant accounting jobs. 

  • Gain access to professional networking opportunities through the Edgewood Accounting Network. 

Career Outcomes

Completion of the Foundations of Accounting certificate qualifies you for many entry-level roles in accounting, including Bookkeeping, Tax Preparation and Accounting Assistant positions. Whether you're pursuing a career as a public accountant or are looking to move into an accounting role in a private organization, you can get your start with our Foundations certificate. 

Our graduates have held a variety of positions in many different organizations: 

Financial Coordinator, Total Administrative Services Corporation 
Associate Accountant, Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care 
Office Manager, Best Defense Security & Fire Protection Inc. 
Tax Analyst, WI Department of Workforce Development 
Accountant, City of Madison 
Accountant, Madison Property Management 
Executive Assistant, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance 
Senior Accountant, Wegner CPAs 

Certificate Requirements

Completion of the Accounting Certificate requires a total of 29 credits - 19 of which must be taken at Edgewood College to meet the residency requirement. 

21 Accounting Credits: 

  • UABUS 211 Financial Accounting 4 credits 

  • UABUS 212 Managerial Accounting 4 credits 

  • UABUS 320 Intermediate Accounting I, Part I,  2 credits 

  • UABUS 321 Intermediate Accounting I, Part II,  2 credits 

  • UABUS 322 Intermediate Accounting II, Part I,  2 credits 

  • UABUS 323 Intermediate Accounting II, Part II,  2 credits 

Plus two of the following three: 

  • UABUS 325 Cost Accounting 3 credits 

  • UABUS 326/327 Tax Accounting I and II  2 credits each 

  • UABUS 328/329 Auditing I and II  2 credits each 

8 Non-accounting elective credits selected from the following options 

  • UAECON 163 Micro-Economics 4 credits 

  • UAECON 164 Macro-Economics 4 credits 

  • UAMATH 125 Statistics I 2 credits 

  • UAMATH 126 Statistics II * 2 credits 

  • UAMATH 123 Math Models I 2 credits 

  • UAMATH 124 Math Models II * 2 credits 

  • UACS 157 Computers in the Workplace 4 credits 

  • UABUS 313 Corporate Finance * 4 credits 

  • UABUS 314 Business Law 4 credits 

  • UABUS 315 Operations Management * 4 credits 

  • UABUS 311 Marketing Principles 4 credits 

*Course has prerequisites. 

Tuition and Financial Aid


Adult College Completion tuition for the 2019-20 year (beginning Summer 2019) is $536 per credit. 

Financial Aid

Certificate-seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. The total cost of completing your certificate will depend on the number of transfer credits you may have from other institutions. Our admissions counselors would be happy to meet with you to create a personalized certificate completion plan that would include an estimate of your total cost. We can also share creative ideas that other students have used to finance their education.


  1. Provide evidence of a bachelor's degree in any field from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. A minimum age of 22 prior to the start of classes in term of enrollment. Waivers for students under 22 years of age considered on an individual basis.
  3. A completed  application. ($30 application fee)
  4. Official transcripts. Please request that official transcripts for all undergraduate academic credits earned be sent to:  Edgewood College, Attn: GPS Admissions, 1000 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI 53711

International students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.

  • I truly enjoyed each and every professor. I found the faculty to be highly invested, passionate, deeply concerned about their students and, above all, they were born to teach. Each tackled a different subject but still managed to engage students to artfully simplify complex material.
    Susie Kennedy, Foundations of Accounting Certificate
Ken Syke

Ken Syke
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