Equip yourself with a thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles while also preparing for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA)Examination. Available Formats: Online | In-Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Financial professionals who want to expand their career prospects into public or private accounting
  • Professionals considering the CPA, CMA®, and CIA® certifications, as well as those considering other accounting industry certifications
  • Individuals who are considering a career transition into the accounting field
  • Recent college graduates who are planning to pursue a career in accounting, or need specific course work for CPA licensing or pre-MBA requirements

What you can learn.

  • A thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles
  • Coursework relevant to the CPA Examination and CMA®, CIA®, and CFA® certifications
  • Financial accounting, federal income taxation, and internal auditing
  • How to make proper ethical decisions as an accountant

About this program.

Accounting fundamentals

Recognized by employers throughout Los Angeles and beyond, the Accounting Certificate equips you with a thorough understanding of accounting standards and principles, and prepares you to sit for the CPA Examination. It also provides relevant coursework for those considering CMA®, CIA®, and CFA® certifications.

UCLA Extension works closely with industry experts, advisory boards, and professional associations to assure accounting courses are relevant to current trends and practices. Our comprehensive accounting curriculum is designed for real-world applicability, providing practical skills to help meet the increasing demands of the accounting industry.

Format: This certificate can be completed 100% online or in-person. Courses are offered in online, remote, and classroom formats.

What our graduates say.

What this certificate has done for our students.


feel the certificate helped them enhance their career


switched careers after completing the certificate program


received a salary increase after starting the program


recommend the certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


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

Required Courses
MGMT X 423
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 423.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 127
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Ethics Requirement
MGMT X 423.422
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer


The following courses are recommended for students without previous training in accounting.

Principles of Financial Accounting

Principles of Financial Accounting II

Cost Accounting and Analysis
MGMT X 422

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Accounting Fundamentals Certificate

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.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*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.

An internship in accounting can provide you with practical experience in a variety of accounting job functions. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 5 courses before enrolling in the internship.

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The Certificate in Accounting is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.


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Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

The Accounting and Taxation Scholarship Fund was established in 2021 in partnership with Baker Tilly US LLP to provide financial assistance and greater access to the education necessary for students pursuing careers in accounting or taxation.

The scholarship provides funding to cover the cost of completing the Accounting Certificate or Taxation Certificate programs offered by UCLA Extension (up to $5,000) for an individual who has a passion for continuing education and professional development in accounting or taxation.

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Corporate Training Discounts 
Eligible for employers who register 3 or more of their employees in a course.

Discount for CalCPA Members
CalCPA members can receive 15% off eligible courses.

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