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Professional Certificate in Accounting

Program Overview

Effective January 1, 2014, the State of California will require all who apply for Certified Public Accounting (CPA) licensure to complete 150 semester units of education. As a result, applicants for the license must supplement their 120-unit bachelor’s degree with up to 30 semester units of accounting, ethics, and business-related courses.

The Professional Certificate in Accounting will provide an alternative pathway to meet the 150-semester unit education requirement for the CPA License in California. Students and professionals who need units to meet the 150-unit requirement can complete graduate-level accounting courses and earn a Professional Certificate recognizing their educational achievement.

Course offerings may include accounting courses required for licensure, courses required by regional Master’s in Accounting programs, and courses that are particularly beneficial to the careers of the region’s accounting professionals. Students earn a Professional Certificate for each 12 semester units of coursework completed. Students must have an average GPA of B or better for the 12 units completed for a Professional Certificate and must have earned at least a C in each of the courses.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or senior standing with relevant background knowledge considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Transcripts verifying completion of pre-requisite undergraduate accounting courses (view course descriptions for pre-requisites of each course).

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*Program pending CSU Chancellor's Office approval