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Students who complete the certificate and choose to pursue a graduate accounting degree may have certain graduate requirements waived upon review by the School of Accounting.

Important Note:

Graduate certificate admission is limited to domestic students. Students that plan to study on an F or J Visa may apply to graduate programs only.

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this graduate certificate program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within their first term in the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201 Graduate Writing with a grade of “B” or better. See Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement for more information.

General Proficiency Requirement

TOTAL UNITS — 12

REQUIRED COURSES — 6 UNITS

ACCTG 305
Advanced Financial Accounting Topics (3 units)
ACCTG 306
Advanced Issues in Financial & SEC Reporting (3 units)

ELECTIVES — 6 UNITS

ACCTG 302
Accountants Professional Responsibilities & Ethics (3 units)
ACCTG 303
Sustainability for Accountants & Finance Professionals (3 units)
ACCTG 304
Issues in Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting (3 units)
ACCTG 310
Auditing (3 units)
ACCTG 311
Fraud Examination (3 units)
ACCTG 312
Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting (3 units)
ACCTG 313
Performance Auditing (3 units)
ACCTG 319
Accounting Information Systems (3 units)
ACCTG 320
Issues in Modern Management Accounting (3 units)
ACCTG 333
Data Analytics for Accountants (3 units)
ACCTG 351A
Economics, Finance & International Business for Accountants (3 units)
ACCTG 351B
Advanced Studies in Business Law (3 units)
FI 305
Financial Reporting & Analysis (3 units)
MSBA 300
Foundations of Business Analytics (3 units)
MSBA 301
Enterprise Performance Management & Metrics (3 units)

A total of 12 units of required accounting courses must be completed at Golden Gate University with an overall “B” average (3.0 grade-point average) or better to earn the certificate

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum education: Bachelor's degree
  • Prerequisite courses: None
  • Student status: Must not currently be enrolled in a GGU degree program.
  • Residency: F or J Visa holders are not eligible.

Read more about Admission Requirements to Certificate Programs

We are delighted that you are interested in the programs offered by the School of Accounting. Golden Gate University has been preparing accounting professionals for over 100 years, and our graduates are in positions of leadership in numerous public accounting firms and major corporations.

Our accounting program is highly relevant and focuses on skills that are in high demand. Included are concentrations aimed at helping you pass the CPA exam, developing leadership skills or advanced accounting analytics skills, or to gain a deeper understanding of taxation. Our programs, which are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), are available both at our main San Francisco campus and online.

Should you have any questions about the School of Accounting, please feel free to contact us.

Amy B. McLellan, J.D., LL.M.
Dean, Graduate Programs (Business, Tax, Accounting)
Director, LL.M. Taxation & Estate Planning