Certificate: Principles of Accounting

MCLA Pittsfield

Description of Program: The Accounting Certificate is ideal for small business employees, those in career transitions or interested in building professional credentials.  Aspiring bookkeepers and entrepreneurs will also receive academic benefits from this certificate. The program emphasizes skills using MS Excel, QuickBooks, and skills employers are seeking. The program may be completed in just over one year for students attending half-time. All courses in the certificate are eligible for transfer to MCLA’s Business Administration bachelor's degree if graduates decide to pursue the degree. The program is an alternative for students who may not be seeking a degree or CPA-preparation. Experiential, hands-on learning will be included in the program.

students in accounting classCredits: 21

Credits may be transferable for higher-level accounting certification and undergraduate programs, depending upon the transfer policies of the receiving institution.


BADM 110 – Information Technology for Business
BADM 224 – Financial Accounting
BADM 225 – Managerial Accounting
BADM 320 – Accounting Systems
BADM 335 – Federal Taxation – Individuals
BADM 340 – Financial Management
ECON 142 – Microeconomics


Courses for this certificate program are scheduled to be offered at MCLA-Pittsfield

To apply for the Principles of Accounting certificate program, please complete the online application and submit your high school or college transcripts with an updated resume. 

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For students who qualify, financial aid may be available. Students may be able to qualify for:  

  • Federal financial aid, including loans and Pell Grant opportunities. For more information on financial aid, click here.
  • Workforce training grants through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • MCLA's certificate programs are ITA approved programs
    • Students who qualify may receive funding through MASSHIRE JobQuest
    • To receive funding, applicants must register with the Mass Hire Career Center.
  • Some employers provide tuition reimbursement programs. Students should check with HR at their places of employment to learn about funding option.


Paul Petritis
Associate Dean
Division of Graduate & Continuing Education