For some students, the Certificate in Accounting Program is a path to becoming a CPA.  For others, it strengthens their credentials in “the language of business,” opening doors to upper management roles. For all, the program will now be offered 100 percent online.  Students no longer need to be in Louisville to take advantage of the program.

The Certificate in Accounting Program began in 2005, including seven courses (21 credit hours). The courses prepare students for the CPA exam and a career in accounting. Most business majors will already have completed six credit hours of introductory courses as part of their degree. The Certificate in Accounting Program adds 21 credit hours of coursework, bringing the total number of credit hours in accounting to 27 – the required number necessary to sit for the CPA exam in Kentucky. The program can be completed by individuals with an undergraduate degree in any field – marketing, history, political science, finance, or any other discipline – but individuals with degrees other than business will need to take additional courses to qualify for the CPA exam.

The online version of the Certificate in Accounting Program is the same, except that it allows the University to meet students wherever they are. Though the online program has weekly deadlines, students complete the work at any time of day or night. It is also open to students seeking their undergraduate degrees and enables students living in other parts of the state to enroll at UofL.

  • “The online version of the program makes it available to people who can’t come to our campus for classes,” said Dr. William Stout, Director of the School of Accountancy. “Many people who may be interested in the program are working. They can’t come to day classes, and evening classes are difficult, too. Or they may live 50 or 100 miles away. The online program opens possibilities.” —Dr. Bill Stout

Seven students enrolled in the online program in this opening semester, but with an advertising campaign now in place and a large pool of prospective students across the state, Stout expects that number to grow.

In all, approximately 25 students are currently enrolled in both the in-person and online versions of the Certificate of Accounting Program. The total cost for either the in-class or online program is $12,900.  Many students complete two courses per semester, though some aggressive students will complete three in a semester. Stout is looking for ways to allow students to finish more quickly. Graduates of the Certificate of Accounting Program have gone on to work for the major accounting firms, regional and local accounting firms, and industry.

  • “The Certificate of Accounting Program opens up opportunities that a student graduating with an accounting degree would have,” said Stout.  While in the program and after graduation, students have full access to the College of Business’s Ulmer Career Management Center for help in finding jobs and preparing for interviews.” —Dr. Bill Stout

For more information on the Certificate in Accounting Program, visit

William D. Stout joined the faculty at the University of Louisville, College of Business in 1996.  He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the School of Accountancy.  Dr. Stout is a Certified Public Accountant (Connecticut) and received his MBA (1973) from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. (1997) from the University of South Florida.  Prior to his academic career, Dr. Stout worked as an auditor in public accounting and as a staff member at the Financial Accounting Standards Board.  He has also worked in industry for Insilco Corp., Monsanto Co., and The NutraSweet Company.  In his last industry position, he was Corporate Accounting and Internal Controls Director.  Dr. Stout is actively involved with nonprofit organizations, including as Board member and Treasurer of Metro United Way, Board member and chair of the Audit Committee of Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, former Board member of the Kentucky Society of CPAs, the American Accounting Association, and Board member of the Louisville chapter of Financial Executives International.


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