Students who are pursuing a mastersdegree may qualify for this certificate provided that the student requests the certificate prior to the completion of their degree program. Certificates will not be issued once a degree has been awarded.
The Graduate Certificate in Accountancy is designed for students who wish to prepare for entry into the accounting profession and have as an objective one of the recognized professional accounting designations, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accounting (CMA) and Certified in Financial Management (CFM). All three designations require a baccalaureate degree. Though the degree can be in any discipline, CPA exam candidates in California must have completed 24 semester units (8 courses, 36 quarter units) in accounting or tax and 24 semester units (8 courses, 36 quarter units) in business which includes business law, mathematics, statistics, computer science and information systems.
Students who wish to pursue a master's degree can apply some or all of the academic credits awarded in this certificate program toward that degree, depending upon the requirements of that degree program.
Before taking any of the courses in the Graduate Certificate in Accountancy program, students are strongly advised to contact a full-time accounting faculty person for a brief interview by phone or personal visit to review the student's career objectives and provide guidance as to the courses to be selected.