Diverse Career Opportunities in Silicon Valley
As businesses respond to the rigorous demands of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, they have called upon the skills of internal and public accountants. The need for internal audit and controls is higher than ever, and professionals who can combine knowledge of the particular business with the formal accounting knowledge to perform these functions are in high demand.
Fully-Trained Accountants and Auditors Have the Best Prospects
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the best job prospects will be for accountants and auditors who have a college degree plus an accounting certification. Employment of accountants is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2014. Accountants employed by the federal government averaged $74,907 a year in 2005; auditors averaged $78,890. Certified Public Accountants (CPA) can do even better and have broadened opportunities as financial executives.
Tailored Learning Options at Affordable Rates
We offer a broad accounting and business curriculum to provide maximum flexibility as you fulfill the educational requirements and then prepare for the CPA and CMA licensure exams.
- Accounting Certificate—Introductory foundation for CPA candidates
- CPA Exam Prep—100% of education requirements for CPA candidates
You get UC-quality training at a cost per credit significantly lower than degree options—as you earn credit toward graduate school or complete our foundational Accounting Certificate.
Comprehensive Course Work Fulfills All CPA and Continuing Education Requirements
You can complete 100 percent of your CPA education requirements through our Accounting, Business Administration, Project Management, and Marketing curricula—with the added benefit of qualifying for graduate degree credit. Importantly, our Accounting and Business Administration courses also qualify for CPA Continuing Education credit (CEU).
Recognized Career and Graduate School Preparation
Our Accounting Program provides an excellent foundation for aspiring CFOs, M.B.A.s, business owners, corporate managers, technical professionals, bookkeepers who want to move up, accounting assistants, and anyone wanting to understand modern accounting. We offer graduate-level course work in accounting and general business topics that is recognized for credit toward M.S. and M.B.A. degrees throughout the Bay Area.
There are no specific prerequisites for entering this program.
Required Course Sequence
You must start with “Introduction to Accounting I, Financial Accounting”.
Certificate Application Information
We encourage you to establish candidacy in a certificate program early in your studies. There are substantial benefits in doing so:
- Curriculum changes subsequent to the date your application is received will not affect your course requirements.
- Candidates will be notified of updates or special opportunities related to the program
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Accounting Certificate Requirements
Total: 16 units (minimum)
Required: 4 courses
C or better in all courses.
Timeline: Complete minimum units/courses within 3 years.
Note: Courses completed more than five years prior to date of certificate issuance cannot be used to fulfill requirements.
How to Apply
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