Accounting: Business Analysis and Reporting

Get ready for the CPA Career Exam with this tailored four-course program covering topics including accounting theory, data science and business systems. Available Formats: Online | In-Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Students planning to sit for the Business Analysis and Reporting CPA Career Exam
  • Individuals interested in pursuing the CMA® (Certified Management Accounting) credential
  • New and existing CPAs seeking to expand their knowledge base for career advancement
  • Accounting, finance or MBA professionals who want a better understanding of advanced accounting concepts

What you can learn.

  • Get hands-on experience with enterprise business software (ERP systems) Become familiar with corporate formation and tax-exempt status
  • Examine data—processing, interpretation and analytical tools
  • Understand the psychology of working with clients, including how to recognize and address mutual biases
  • Understand financial statement analysis; balance sheet and income statements; ratios; cash flows; trends and quality of earnings
  • Study topics including: business combinations; mergers, consolidations and acquisitions; cost vs. equity methods of accounting

Prepare for the Business Analysis and Reporting CPA Career Exam.

Analyzing data on a tablet and screen

Beginning January 2024, the CPA Exam will consist of a three-part core exam as well as a career-focused assessment in one of the following areas: Information Systems and Controls, Tax Compliance and Planning or Business Analysis and Reporting.

The UCLA Extension four-course Business Analysis and Reporting specialization was created to cover subject matter in the associated CPA Career Exam, including data analytics/analysis, reportable segments and state/local government liabilities. 

For guidance on certificate programs and coursework related to the core and career exams, visit our CPA Exam Preparation page.

Your personalized plan of study:

Students must select and complete four (4) required courses to complete this program.

Selected curricula should be based on previous education and experience. Please schedule an appointment with our Program Academic Advisor to create a personalize academic plan.

Schedule an Advising Appointment: 310-206-1654, fmpcertificate@uclaextension.edu, or online.


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

Available Courses
Students must complete 4 of the following courses.
MGMT X 430.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MGMT X 430.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 420.18
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 432.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 422
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Optional Internship Elective
MGMT X 423.42
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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.

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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