UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our courses to an online, hybrid or live-online format. Online classes (asynchronous) will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. Hybrid classes are fully online with live (synchronous) virtual class meetings each week using the Zoom conferencing system. The live-online sections have synchronous sessions via Zoom.
UC San Diego Extension's professional certificate in accounting provides students the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in accounting skills and an understanding of the environment in which accountants work. This program is designed for individuals who want to pursue a career in accounting.
In class options might be available for some courses.
*Cost may vary by format selection and curriculum updates.
*Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.
For students who hold a bachelor's degree, the specific educational requirements to sit for the exams needed for certification or licensure may be met by completing the Certificate and the required courses established by the particular governing organization.
For information regarding other credential requirements, contact the organizations directly:
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the 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.
Business, Professional & Legal Programs. Call 858-534-8189 or Email: AcctgTaxProgram@ucsd.edu
UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.
UCSD Extension courses in appropriate areas meet educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam 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.
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UC San Diego Extension is not a degree granting institution, however many UC San Diego Extension courses can be transferred to other colleges or universities. The transferability of credit is determined solely by the receiving institution. You should discuss how your individual courses will transfer with the Office of the Registrar at the receiving institution prior to enrolling.
Yes, you may enroll in the program at any time. However, it is recommended that you enroll as soon as possible. The program curriculum may be updated at any time; if certificate requirements change, you must adhere to the curriculum at the time of your enrollment into the certificate. Enrolling in the certificate also gives you access to quarterly, personalized enrollment reminders from the program manager.
Yes, you may take any course in this program without registering for the certificate, provided you have fulfilled any and all prerequisites for the course.
Yes, it is possible to complete the certificate online. Although most courses in the program are taught online, the online offerings may vary each quarter. Contact the program manager for additional information at
No, we do not currently offer job placement assistance or internships.
The online courses are asynchronous: they have a start and end date but all the lessons are uploaded on Blackboard, our online learning management system, so you can learn at your own pace. However, please be aware that you may have weekly assignments, quizzes, or tests that are due on specific dates. Please click here to view a sample course tour to see if this format suits your learning style.
STEP 1: If you have a My Extension student account, skip to Step 2. If you do not have a My Extension account, go to myextension.ucsd.edu, click "Create an account" on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions to create an account. Once you have a My Extension account, continue to Step 2.
STEP 2: Click on the "Apply Now" button on the certificate page. Complete the required fields on the application. Then click the "Save" button. Once you have saved the application, the "Submit" button will appear. Click on the "Submit" button to submit your application for review and consideration. Once submitted, your application cannot be changed. You can track the progress of your application at My Extension.
Each instructor has his/her own preferred method of communication and response policy, which will be detailed on the course syllabus. However, most instructors utilize email or the discussion board and will respond within 24-48 hours.
When you have paid your certificate fee and successfully completed all program requirements, you will need to request an audit by Student Services. To request an audit:
You officially have five years from when you begin taking courses in the program to complete all requirements for the certificate.
Two unit courses run for approximately 6-7 weeks; three unit courses run for approximately 9-10 weeks; four unit
courses run for approximately 10-11 weeks. For exact course dates of upcoming sections, visit the webpage of the
course you are interested in taking on our website.
There are nine required certificate courses which are 4.0 quarter units each. Students successfully completing all courses will earn 36.0 quarter units (which equates to approximately 24 semester units.) The units from these nine certificate courses are accepted by the CA Board of Accountancy for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements to qualify for the CA CPA Exam.
Each student has their own learning style so this can vary greatly. As a rule of thumb, expect to spend an average of two hours studying for every hour you spend in-class. For online courses, students should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week viewing lectures and completing coursework.
Once the course is completed, the instructor has 10 business days to submit your grades. Once grades have been
posted, you can view and print them from your MyExtension account.
If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a program course, you may be able to transfer your previous coursework to Extension. If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Please contact the program manager at AcctgTaxProgram@ucsd.edu or 858-534-8189 for more information.
Yes. Our programs are designed to be working-student friendly and most of our students are working professionals. The courses vary between two and three units, which amount to approximately 18-20 hours of class time for a two unit course and 27-30 hours of class time for a three unit course.
UC San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). UC San Diego Extension - like all other UC San Diego schools, colleges, and departements - is accredited by WASC through the University. All courses and certificate programs offered by UC San Diego Extension have been developed and are administered in accordance with Extension policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.
Current application or certificate enrollment fees, if any, are listed under the “Apply Now” button on the certificate page on our website.
Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at email@example.com or (858) 534-6784.
If you have enrolled at least three days before the course begins, you will have access starting on the first day of class. You should receive an email from Student Services with instructions for how to login to the course. If you have enrolled on or after the start date of the course, you will have access to the course within one business day.
You may take a course for one of three options: Letter Grade, Pass/No Pass, or Not for Credit. If you are taking a course towards a certificate you must complete your courses for credit (i.e. Pass/No Pass or Letter Grade) and receive a C-/Pass or higher grade. Grades below a C-, No Pass, and Not for Credit will not count towards certificate requirements.
The program courses are taught by seasoned professionals and overseen by an advisory board of leaders in the field. You can view the advisor list under the “Advisors” section on this certificate page. You can find information about a course instructor, including a biography and credentials, on the course page.
Instructors will post the current text requirements and recommendations on the course page on our website. Please note the textbooks requirements are subject to change every quarter and different instructors may require different books, even if they are teaching the same course in the same quarter, so be sure to check the textbook requirements for the section in which you are enrolling.
Please contact Student Services at (858) 534-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any issues logging in to any of our systems.
The courses in this program are post-baccalaureate, professional-level, credit bearing courses. Credit earned in these courses may lead to the award of a formal certificate by UC San Diego Extension or may be applied toward an academic degree or professional credential, subject to the approval of the receiving institution.
If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept Extension’s credits.
Our classes post to our website and become open for enrollment approximately two months prior to the new quarter starting. If you’d like to get an email reminder you can sign up for our newsletter(s) in My Extension, under the “Preferences” tab.
Enrollment in a course may be closed for one or more of the following reasons:
Please visit the course page on our website to see when courses are typically offered. You can also see a full program schedule by clicking on the “View Schedule” button under the “Courses” section on this page.
The refund deadline for courses in this program is typically one week after the start of the course. This allows you to enroll in a course and participate in the course for approximately one week to determine if the course is a good fit. Then, if needed, either you may either transfer your enrollment to a different course or submit a drop request by emailing Student Services at email@example.com. The exact refund deadline for each section is listed in the section notes on the course page in our website, and you can also find it in My Extension by clicking on “My Courses” and then the name of the course.
We recommend enrolling as soon as possible, as occasionally classes will reach capacity.
Yes, you can order the book(s) any time after enrolling in the course. You may order books through the campus bookstore or online retailers, such as Amazon.com.
Most courses combine theory with hands-on exercises. For more information about practical experience in any course, visit the course page on our website.
This program provides educational units to meet the eligibility requirements for the CA CPA Exam. It is not intended to serve as a "test preparation" type of program.
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