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    May 25, 2024  
Draft 2024-2025 Catalog 
Draft 2024-2025 Catalog

Accounting Foundations Graduate Certificate

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Program Information

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations is designed to prepare students with fundamental building blocks for accounting and a future in the accounting profession. These courses can be applied to the educational requirements to sit for the CPA or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations. 

See Certificate Program Admission Policies  for admission requirements.

All courses must be completed at Golden Gate University with a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (“B” average) or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. See Graduate Student Academic Standing Standards  for more information. All courses must be completed with a “B” or better to be applied toward the MS in Accounting & Data Analytics  program.

Course prerequisites are indicated in the course description for each course and must be satisfied prior to enrolling in a given course. Prerequisites may be satisfied through transfer of equivalent coursework from external institutions or by taking the courses at GGU.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this certificate program will be able to:

  • Prepare financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Employ critical thinking skills and current technologies to analyze financial data, as well as, the effects of differing financial accounting methods on financial statements.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current auditing standards and acceptable practices, as well as, the impact of audit planning, risk, and rendering an opinion on the engagement.
  • Apply cost accounting methods to evaluate and project business performance.

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