Accounting, Certificate

Accounting, Certificate


 The UCLA Extension UCLA Extension's Accounting Accounting Certificate is designed for students who are preparing to sit for the CPA Examination by fully meeting the educational requirements for this nationally administered examination. In addition, the program provides relevant coursework for students considering the CMA, CIA, and CFA certifications. The California State Board of Accountancy recognizes UCLA Extension as a qualified provider of coursework to sit for the CPA Examination.

To satisfy the educational requirements for the CPA Exam, students must have a baccalaureate degree (any major) from an accredited college or university and have completed 36 quarter units (equivalent to 24 semester units) of accounting courses, which can be completed with this 10 course program, and 36 quarter units of business-related courses, which can be completed by enrolling in a second certificate program entitled General Business Studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice 
  • Management Accounting 
  • Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice 
  • Federal Income Taxation 
  • Financial Auditing 
  • Intemal Auditing 

            English Language Requirements

            You only need to take one of these language tests:

            • Minimum required score:


              The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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            • Minimum required score:


              The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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            Academic Requirements

            Students must: 
            • 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 core courses for a total of 36 quarter units.
            • 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 courses taken through UCLA Extension.

            Tuition Fee

            • International Applies to you

              7650 USD/full
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7650 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
            • National Applies to you

              7650 USD/full
              Tuition Fee
              Based on the original amount of 7650 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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            Estimated Total Cost: $9,250 ( Estimates are based on the two prerequisites, candidacy fee, course fees, and estimated textbook fees)

            Living costs for Los Angeles

            • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
              Living Costs

            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


            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.

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