Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates are designed for individuals who have already earned a bachelor degree and wish to continue their education, typically in a different field. Each certificate is 28 credits (seven courses). Simpson offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in:


  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Individual Income Tax
  • Auditing
  • Taxation of Business Entities OR Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

Learn more about the jobs for which the Accounting certificate will prepare you. Learn more about becoming a CPA in Iowa.

ED Gainful Employment Disclosure Template for Accounting

Computer Science

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Data Structures and Object Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Database Systems
  • Elective courses in Computer Information Systems or Computer Science

Learn more about the jobs for which the Computer Science certificate will prepare you.

ED Gainful Employment Disclosure Template for Computer Science

Healthcare Administration

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Principles of Economics
  • Management Concepts
  • Introduction to Health Care Systems in the U.S.
  • Management and Administration of Health Care Organizations
  • Marketing
  • Healthcare Ethics

Learn more about the jobs for which the Healthcare Administration certificate will prepare you.

ED Gainful Employment Disclosure Template for Healthcare Administration



Admission Process

Program Requirements

  • Candidates must enroll in all courses on a regular basis.
  • Candidates may not take or transfer in more than two courses required for a certificate from other educational institutions. Prerequisites must be met for some classes and can be transferred in from other institutions as long as they satisfy Simpson’s coursework.
  • Candidates pursuing the Accounting or Healthcare Administration certificates, who received their BA from Simpson College and already received credit for coursework that is a part of the Certificate program in which they are enrolled, must substitute other 300 level classes to satisfy the requirements, as approved by the department chair.
  • A cumulative grade point average of (2.50) must be obtained in the program with at least a ‘C’ (2.00) grade earned in each class.
  • All course requirements are expected to be completed in a four-year time frame.
  • Written permission from the chairperson of the department offering the certificate program is required to modify course requirements.
  • Each candidate who completes these requirements will receive a certificate which, in addition to the transcript, will serve as official documentation of the continuing education experience. 

Tuition and Fees

The tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $397 plus $6 technology fee per credit for courses taken at the undergraduate level; and $525/credit plus $6 technology fee for courses taken at the graduate level.

Candidates should budget between $200 and $450 each semester for books and supplies.

Room and board are not available for candidates in certificate programs.