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With accounting, you're part of a field with significant potential—28 percent job growth by 2018—according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as new Certified Public Accountant (CPA) educational requirements and updated International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) come to the fore, the need for additional expertise to implement global standards is crucial. To meet these evolving requirements, UC Berkeley Extension's Certificate Program in Accounting provides you with a current, thorough understanding of accounting principles, reporting practices and regulatory requirements. Benefit from a curriculum that is overseen by an advisory board of business and education leaders and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Our online and classroom courses, taught by working professionals with many years of practical business experience, ensure that you're prepared to succeed in accounting.

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Courses

Required CoursesWe recommend that you begin the program with Intermediate Accounting I BUS ADM X421.1.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X421.1 Intermediate Accounting I 3 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X421.2 Intermediate Accounting II 3 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X420.6 Accounting Ethics 3 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X421.3 Advanced Accounting 3 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X419 Cost Accounting 3 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X419.2 Financial Statement Analysis 2 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X419.5 Taxation for Corporations and Other Flow-Through Entities 3 Online, Classroom Available
(Take either Auditing and Attestation OR Auditing (online).)
BUS ADM X422.2 Auditing and Attestation 4 Classroom Not Available
OR
UGBA XBW126 Auditing 4 Online Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • ​If you have no prior coursework in accounting, we highly recommend that ​you complete these two introductory courses before taking Intermediate Accounting or other courses in the certificate program:​
    Introduction to Financial Accounting, XB102A in the classroom or XBW102A online;
    Introduction to Managerial Accounting, XB102B in the classroom or​ XBW102B online
  • A bachelor's degree is also highly recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 8 required courses for a total of 24 semester units (360 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

You must take all courses for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. Most students take one-and-a-half years to complete the courses.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in Accounting, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $6,925 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-business@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4231. After your records have been reviewed, verified and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Additional Information

CPA Licensure Requirements

Information about Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) licensing and renewal requirements is available at:

 

MBA Programs

Some of our courses may fulfill prerequisites for M.B.A. programs. Please note that acceptance of transfer credit is always at the discretion of the accepting institution; contact the schools to which you are applying for information about transfer of credits earned at UC Berkeley Extension.

Advisory Board

John Finegan
Senior Consultant
Financial Leadership Group

Maricela Frausto
Audit Senior Manager
KPMG LLP

Tom Hoster
Financial Consultant
Former CFO

Susan Klein
CPE Director, California Society of CPAs
Cal CPA Education Foundation

Harry Lorsbach
Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley Extension
Internal Auditor, Berkeley National Labs

Maria Nondorf
Executive Director
Center for Financial Reporting and Management
Haas School of Business
UC Berkeley

Suzann Sylvester
Corporate Controller
Broadway Mechanical-Contractors Inc.

Quentin Wright
Financial Consultant
Connor Group

Jerry Yu
Senior Tax Manager
Mohler, Nixon & Williams

On-Site Training

UC Berkeley Extension offers customized programs tailored to your corporate training specifications and delivered where and when you choose. Designed to fit your needs, time frame and budget, our convenient on-site training aims to increase employee performance and retention without losing precious work time. Learn more.