Certificate Program


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Program Description

Classroom • Online

Understand the bottom line of your organization

Help build its future. In our four-course accounting certificate program you learn to analyze transactions, prepare financials, and explore complex issues so you can collaborate with management and communicate financial needs of an organization. This is a great foundation for someone interested in pursuing a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA®) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA®). Start building your career network with working professionals in the area.

Accounting certificate program objectives

  • Analyze transactions

  • Prepare financial statements

  • Understand complex accounting issues—investments revenue recognition, leases, bonds, and pensions; and

  • Collaborate with management to analyze and plan organizational financial needs.


Total Required: 4 courses/16 units. End with certificate of completion review.

Time Commitment: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–12 months.

Estimated Cost: $ 3,255

F1 Students: [Costs for F-1 students]


Total Required: 4 courses/16 units. End with certificate of completion review.

1. Required Courses

Units: 4.0 ACCT.X402
Winter Classroom
Summer Classroom
Units: 4.0 ACCT.X403
Fall Classroom
Spring Classroom
Winter Classroom
Summer Classroom
Fall Classroom
Spring Classroom

2. Required Certificate Review

Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Professional Development

Professional Credit

Courses may qualify for professional education or recertification credit for the:

  • State Board of California minimum continuing legal education (MCLE),

  • HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®),

  • Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®),

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and

  • Global Professional in Human Resources® (GPHR®).

Please verify with your professional organization for more information.

Become a CPA® or a CMA®.

If you’ve completed the UCSC Extension Accounting certificate, explore our CPA® preparation courses.

Earn grad school credit

Want to apply for an M.S. or an M.B.A? Some of our courses are recognized for credit at graduate programs.

Program Chair

Dianne Conry is the chair of the Accounting certificate program.

DIANNE V. CONRY, M.S. in financial accounting, CPA, is a consultant with Kranz & Associates and has more than 20 years of accounting experience both in public accounting and in private industry. She is an experienced instructor and has taught financial accounting at several area colleges.

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You are invited to declare candidacy in your certificate program as soon as possible so you can lock in the curriculum requirements and not be impacted by any subsequent program changes. Once you’ve declared, you have three years to complete the program.


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