The Certificate in Financial Accounting & Reporting is ideal for those wanting a fast track to take the CPA exam, or for working professionals who want to maximize the return on their education investment. The certificate may fulfill the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. The certificate provides fundamental accounting knowledge that can provide a competitive edge and increased career potential. Students who complete the certificate and choose to pursue a Master of Accountancy(MAc) degree may have certain graduate requirements waived upon review by the School of Accounting. A total of 15 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.
For further information regarding certificate completion requirements, see Degree Requirements for Graduate Programs . 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 enrolling in the certificate courses. For further information, refer to Admission to Certificate Programs and Registering for Open Enrollment .
Accounting Certificate Program 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.
Accounting Proficiency Requirements
Computer Proficiency Requirement
Applicants are expected to have access to current levels of computing, including the Internet, and to have a working familiarity with computers and the software applications appropriate for graduate study.
Math Proficiency Requirement
Applicants are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to Intermediate Algebra (MATH 20 ). Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the heading “Proficiency in Mathematics, English and Computer Skills Required for Certain Master’s Degrees and Certain Graduate Certificates”.
Economics Proficiency Requirement
Students are expected to possess a level of economic skill and knowledge at least equivalent to that attained in ECON 1 or ECON 2 .
Finance Proficiency Requirement
Students are also expected to possess a level of financial analysis ability equivalent to FI 100 .