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    Jun 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting Foundations Graduate Certificate

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Available Summer 2020; currently not eligible for VA Education Benefits.

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.

The admissions requirements for this certificate program are the same as the Master of Science in Accounting Data & Analytics (MSADA)  program and the courses in this certificate program can be applied to the MSADA and other GGU Master of Science degree programs. See Admission to Certificate Programs  for more information.

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 to the MSADA because these are the foundation courses for the degree 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 the 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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