Accounting Fundamentals

Whether you want to prepare for a career in accounting, earn credit toward a degree program, or are a business owner who wants to make informed economic decisions, our four-course Accounting Fundamentals Certificate can set you up for success. Learn essential accounting principles and practices from industry experts. Available Formats: Online | In-Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Small business owners who want to make informed economic decisions
  • Financial professionals who need to strengthen their accounting skills for work or a career change
  • Entrepreneurs wanting to have a greater understanding of financial reports and statements
  • Those pursuing a career in accounting, or who want to earn transferable credit toward a degree

What you can learn.

  • Interpret accounting and financial data for use in planning business operations
  • Determine break-even sales as part of an understanding of fixed and variable costs
  • Prepare and interpret balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements
  • Understand the procedures for handling the acquisition and disposal of property, plant and equipment

Learn the basics or become an expert.

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The Accounting Fundamentals Certificate provides an important foundation of accounting principles needed by small business owners to successfully navigate the bottom line. 

Duration: 6 months (full-time), 1 year (part-time). Start any quarter.
Format: Online or In Person

And for those seeking a career in accounting, it also serves as the foundation for building your own customizable training. It can be stacked with another certificate:

Or build your knowledge with a 3- or 4-course specialization:




Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 422
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 423.44
Typically Offered: Spring
Optional Internship Course
MGMT X 423.42
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

It may be possible to substitute MGMT X 423.44 Intermediate Accounting Practice and Process with MGMT X 120A Intermediate Accounting Theory and Process, or another similar course, with approval of program advisor.

Students must take all courses for letter grade and pass with a program GPA of 2.50 or better.

Need Help? Book an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

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*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

The Vets Count Scholarship was created for active duty U.S. military personnel and U.S. veterans, and their immediate families (spouses or children) who are interested in pursuing financial programs to assist them in achieving their educational and career goals.

The scholarship will pay the registration fees for any two courses in the Financial Management Programs area (see application for more details).

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Next Step, Master's Degree?

In partnership with Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), UCLA Extension students who complete their Accounting Fundamentals coursework will receive priority admissions* to CSUN's Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) degree.

*Assuming all other qualifications for the program are met.

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