Program Overview

The Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting program is designed for undergraduate students that are interested in taking the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant exams. The courses also deliver an education that prepares students for the many master’s programs within the field of accounting. Specifically, the program’s courses will fulfill the admission requirements for Golden Gate University’s graduate programs in accounting.

The curriculum will strengthen the student’s expertise and knowledge that is needed to acquire and maintain careers within the field. Courses will cover topics within areas such as state/national accounting laws and standards, information systems, accounting theory, and accounting application. All of the programs courses can be completed online using GGU’s CyberCampus.

The program will require students to complete a minimum of 18 units within 100-level ACCTG courses. Some 100-level ACCTG courses are Auditing, Special Topics in Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I-III, Internship: Accounting, and Directed Study in Accounting. All courses must be taken at Golden Gate University. Students must earn at least a grade of “C” or higher in all courses in order to receive the certificate. If a student is interested in enrolling in a master’s of accounting program at the university, they must complete the Foundation courses with at least a grade of “B” or higher. The program’s courses may have prerequisites that need to be completed before enrolling. 

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a high school diploma or GED.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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