Certificate in Accounting


Offered through the Manning School of Business, UMass Lowell's online Certificate in Accounting is designed for students who already have earned their Bachelor's degree in another discipline. Students gain a better understanding of important accounting practices, such as the preparation of financial statements, the valuation of corporate liabilities and a comprehensive understanding of the financial audit process.


This certificate has been developed to provide the required undergraduate-level courses in Accounting that one needs before they can apply to most graduate-level programs in Accounting. All of the courses in this certificate program can be used to fulfill the prerequisite courses requirement for UMass Lowell's Master of Science Degree in Accounting which is also available entirely online.

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New students register for courses using UMass Lowell's New Student Non-Degree Course Registration Form. Follow the instructions for registering included on the form. Current students register for their courses online by logging in to the secure Student Information System (SIS).

Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per credit $385
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Total for Course**

$1,185 ($385 x 3 credits = $1,155 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.

For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell's Division of Online and Continuing Education Website. If you have questions regarding registration, please contact UMass Lowell's Registrar's Office at 978-934-2550.


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

Did you know?

UMass Lowell has earned several awards for its distance learning programs, faculty, and technology including:

  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Blackboard's National Catalyst Award for Exemplary Online Courses

Admission Requirements:

Undergraduate degree from United States institution in something other than accounting or undergraduate degree from a non-United States institution in any field.

Prerequisites: Financial Accounting (ACCT.2010) and Managerial Accounting (ACCT.2020)

Applying into an Undergraduate Certificate Program

Apply to an undergraduate certificate program using the Online Application Form or by printing and completing the Undergraduate Certificate Application Form in .pdf file format.

Applicants will be required to have either their official high school transcript, HiSET®, GED® or their most recent college transcript if applicable, sent to Continuing Education at the address below. Applications, transcripts, and other correspondence should be sent to:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Online & Continuing Education
OCE Admissions - Southwick Hall, Rm 203
1 University Avenue
Lowell, MA, 01854

Undergraduate certificate applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and there is no fee to apply. Upon acceptance, notification will be sent to students. Non-electronic documents should be mailed to:

University of Massachusetts Lowell
Division of Online & Continuing Education
OCE Admissions - Southwick Hall, Rm 203
1 University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220 or


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