Graduate Certificate in Accounting

An intensive graduate certificate program designed to train business students for a career in accounting, the CPA, and CMA exams.

ProGRAM Highlights

The graduate certificate in accounting will help you expand your accounting knowledge and increase your career opportunities. It may fulfill the education requirements to sit for the CPA or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations. Since it is just 15 units, is ideal for anyone wanting to take the CPA or CMA exams soon or for working professionals looking to get ahead quickly.

Students who complete the certificate may be able to enter the master of accountancy degree and complete it with as few as five additional classes, depending on the student’s academic performance in the certificate program and on whether the certificate classes selected satisfy the MAc degree requirements.


Please note that some courses taken as part of certificate programs will have prerequisites. These prerequisites must be satisfied (through transfer of equivalent coursework or through taking the courses at Golden Gate) before the certificate courses can be completed.

More about Admission Requirements to Certificate Programs


Accounting Courses:

  • $2,610 per 3-unit course

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco , Online .

Students must complete five, 300-level ACCTG prefix courses for a total of 15 units. These courses may be taken in person or online through CyberCampus. With the written approval of the dean of the School of Accounting, students may substitute one 300-level ACCTG course with a course from the School of Taxation or a 300-level ITM prefix course from the Ageno School of Business.

All prerequisites must be satisfied.

The required 15 units of graduate accounting courses must be completed at Golden Gate University.



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