Accounting Certificate

About Accounting Certificate

There is an acute shortage of persons with the training needed to be successful in accounting. TheAccounting Certificate prepares you to be a junior accountant in business, government and industry. Job opportunities exist in accounting firms, manufacturing companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, service companies, not-for-profit and governmental entities.

As a junior accountant, you may:

  • support senior accountant in carrying out the responsibilities of an accounting department
  • be responsible for general accounting functions that include preparing journal entries; maintaining balance sheet schedules and ledgers and bank reconciliations; and assisting with monthly closing and account analysis

Total Costs of Accounting Certificate

(in-district) Total Amount: $6,831

Credit Hours to Complete: 36

Weeks to Complete: 48

What you need to know about getting your Accounting Certificate (CIP 52.0301)

Total Accounting Certificate Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $4,014 $13,614 $16,925 $16,925
Additional Costs $2,817 $2,817 $2,817 $2,817
Program Total $6,831 $16,431 $19,742 $19,742

What makes MCC's Accounting Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

  • MCC's accounting programs are designed to be stackable. A stackable career track provides a pathway for advancement through a career ladder. The pathways are clearly-designed sequences of career-related courses. You can accumulate a sequence of certificates over time to build on your qualifications and to help you to advance along a career path. Stackable credentials assist you in advancing in your career, providing for higher paying jobs, which can lead to a higher standard of living.
  • You'll learn from full-time faculty with over 50 combined years of teaching experience and adjunct instructors working the accounting field today.

In addition to the Accounting Certificate, we offer:

What careers are available to someone with a an Accounting Certificate

Occupations that Accounting Certificate prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Accountants and Auditors 13-2011
Budget Analysts 13-2031
Credit Analysts 13-2041
Financial Examiners 13-2061
Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents 13-2081
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1011

How will MCC's Accounting Certificate prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • MCC students have had accounting internships with the following local businesses: True Value Barrington, Aptar, Sage, Follett, Centegra,  Silgan Tubes, Brown Printing, Walmart in Johnsburg, TC Industries, Countryside, McHenry County Federal Credit Union, Baxter Credit Union, American Community Bank, Home State Bank, Scot Forge, AJE Associates, Exemplar Financial , Wells Fargo Financial, Sam’s Club, Gary Lang Auto Group, and  Round the Clock Restaurant.
  • Many students go on to become CPAs and work in the local communities.

By the Numbers:

  • Salaries range from $30,000 to $63,000, in the middle half of accounting occupations:
    • $25,000 to $59,000 for bookkeepers
    • $51,000 to $63,000 for tax accountants
    • $45,000 to $59,000 >staff accountants
    • $45,000 to $59,000 financial services analysts
  • Job Outlook: Steady job growth for the next five years, especially at small firms with lower overhead costs. Tax accounting services are also in strong demand.

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • Several graduates work at Exemplar Financial in an accounting capacity
  • Several graduates worked as interns at AptarGroup, a world-wide manufacturing corporation with headquarters in Crystal Lake

Outside the Classroom

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.