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UC San Diego Extension's Professional Certificate in Accounting provides a thorough grounding in accounting skills and an understanding of the environment in which today's accountant works. Designed for individuals currently in the field who want to upgrade their skills and knowledge; or for those who are pursuing a new career in accounting. This program offers a solid foundation in the public accounting, corporate accounting, personal accounting/financial planning, or auditing professions.

For students who hold a bachelor's degree, the specific educational requirements to sit for selected California professional credentialing exams can be met by completing the certificate and the recommended courses for the appropriate credential.

For information regarding other credential requirements, contact the professional society directly: California State Board of Accountancy (CPA), www.dca.ca.gov/cba , (916) 263-3680; Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) www.imanet.org, (800) 638-4427; Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), www.theiia.org.

Courses are taught by well-qualified practitioners who teach applications as well as underlying rationale. Courses are offered year-round during the evening, including some online courses, so students can gain additional knowledge and skills while continuing in their current employment.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Required Courses (Complete all nine courses to receive the certificate.)
Elementary Accounting I
BUSA-40036
4
L,O L,O L,O L,O
Elementary Accounting II
BUSA-40037
4
L,O L,O,U L,O,U L
Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice I
BUSA-40094
4
L,O,U L,O,U O,X X
Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice II
BUSA-40035
4
L,O O,X O,X X
Cost Accounting
BUSA-40049
4
U O,U X O,X
Federal Individual Income Taxation
BUSA-40047
4
M,O,U M,O O,X O,X
Taxation of the Business Entity
BUSA-40529
4
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice
BUSA-40034
4
L,U U U,X U,X
Auditing
BUSA-40048
4
L L,U U U
Recommended Courses
Corporate Accounting (For students who want to specialize in corporate accounting / CMA exam)
Finance Management
BUSA-40439
4
U X X X
Organizational Dynamics
BUSA-40013
4
  U   U
Public Accounting (For those who want to specialize in public accounting)
Elements of Marketing
BUSA-40011
4
O,U O,U O,X O,X
Organizational Dynamics
BUSA-40013
4
  U   U
Finance Management
BUSA-40439
4
U X X X
Managing for Maximum Performance
BUSA-40673
3
U O,U U O,U
Financial Decision Making
BUSA-40435
3
L X X X
Other Courses for Continuing Education
Accounting for Governmental and Nonprofit Entities
BUSA-40759
4
X X X  
Certified Bookkeeper Program
BUSA-40547
9
L   L  
Directed Studies in Accounting
BUSA-40517
2
X   X X
Fraud and Forensic Accounting
BUSA-40864
4
U U U  
Real Estate Tax and Accounting
BUSA-40822
2.5
O O O O
Taxation: Practice, Procedure and Ethics
BUSA-40869
3
U U U U
Transfer Pricing
BUSA-40785
2
      X
Careers in Accounting
INFO-70057
0
U   U  
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
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To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $60 Apply Now!
Contact: Business, Professional & Legal Programs, 858-534-8189
Email: jmshort@ucsd.edu

Conditions for Admission

Complete the application and pay application fee.

State Requirements

UCSD Extension courses in appropriate areas meet educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination and offer credit toward the continuing education requirement for relicensure. For further details, please contact the State Board of Accountancy, (916) 263-3680, or www.dca.ca.gov/cba.

Advisors

Dana Basney, CPA, MSBA
CBIZ MHM, LLC and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

Suzan Dennis, CPA
Dennis & Dennis, San Diego