Recognized by employers throughout Los Angeles and beyond, the Accounting Certificate equips you with a thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles, and prepares you to sit for the CPA® Examination. It also provides relevant coursework for those considering CMA, CIA®, and CFA certifications.
The curriculum consists of 9 required “Group A” accounting courses for a total of 36 quarter units as well as an ethics course that may be taken at any time during the program. An additional 36 quarter units of electives may be acquired through accredited business related courses previously completed and approved by your Certificate Advisor and/or suggested courses listed under “Group B”; therefore, the number of electives you take ranges from 0-9 courses, depending upon a review of your university/college transcripts.
All candidates completing this program are awarded a certificate that bears the gold seal of the University of California and is signed by the Dean of UCLA Extension.
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Group A: Core Accounting Courses (All Nine Courses Required)
|X 120A||Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice *+|
|X 120B||Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice *+|
|X 120C||Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice *+|
|X 422||Management Accounting *+|
|X 124A||Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice|
|X 124B||Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice|
|X 127||Federal Income Taxation|
|X 423||Financial Auditing *|
|X 423.2||Internal Auditing *+|
|X 423.422||Ethics in Accounting|
Group B: Suggested Business-Related Electives (Up to Nine Courses Required)
|X 100||Business Economics *+|
|X 420||Business Law: Fundamentals *|
|X 110||Mathematics for Management|
|X 115||Business Statistics *+|
|X 130A||Basic Managerial Finance|
|X 420.18||Accounting and Enterprise Business Solutions*|
|X 423.18||Nonprofit Accounting|
|X 423.4||International Accounting|
|X 423.421||Forensic Accounting|
|X 423.423||Integrating Sustainability into Financial Reporting|
|X 427.8||Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders *|
|X 427.9||Partnership Taxation *|
|X 429.4||Financial Control of Operations *|
|X 432.3||Financial Statement Analysis|
Internship (May Be Used As One Elective)
|X 423.42||Internship in Accounting|
All of the courses in this program are relevant for students planning to sit for the CPA Examination.
* Recommended for students planning to sit for the CMA Examination.
+ Recommended for students planning to sit for the CIA Examination.
- Submit an Application for Candidacy with a non-refundable application fee of $200. Students are recommended to enroll in the certificate after completing their first two courses in the program.
- Complete all nine Group A core accounting courses for a total of 36 quarter units.
- Complete an additional 36 quarter units of business-related electives that may be acquired through: a) accredited business-related courses previously taken and approved by the department’s Certificate Program Advisor, and/or b) courses listed under Group B electives. Thus, the number of electives taken from Group B ranges from 0-9 courses, depending upon a review of each student’s university/college transcripts.
- Receive a minimum 2.5 GPA or better for courses completed in the certificate
- Complete the Ethics in Accounting course, which may be taken at any time during the program
- Complete within five years all of the required Group A courses and any Group B courses taken through UCLA Extension.
Transfer of courses
A maximum of two courses can be transferred for the Group A accounting core courses. Courses must be equivalent in course content and unit value to be eligible and must have been taken within the last five years. If courses were taken beyond this time period, students may be allowed to take alternative courses in consultation with the Certificate Programs Advisor.
The number of Group B electives allowed for transfer ranges from 0-9 courses, depending upon a review of each student’s university/college transcripts.
Course discounts are available to CalCPA and IIA members as well as to employers who register 3 or more of their employees in a course. View additional discounts
Many courses in this program have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit by the State Bar of California and may also be applied toward the State of California‘s continuing professional education (CPE) requirement for the licensure of Certified Public Accountants.