Certificate in the Study of Public Accountancy

General Information

This program is currently under review for discontinuance.

The Certificate in the Study of Public Accountancy program targets SF State matriculated business students as well as students pursuing or possessing an undergraduate degree in business related disciplines from other accredited institutions who are interested in the field of public accounting. Students in this program will find that it will assist them in preparation to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Completion of this certificate itself does not represent CPA certification. The certificate program is offered through Open University in conjunction with the Department of Accounting and reflects what the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants regards as the common body of knowledge for CPAs. The content of the program also enhances accounting students' formal business education.

SF State matriculated undergraduate business students must pass the ACCT 301 pretest and have completed 56 units of college credits with a minimum 2.0 grade point average to be eligible for the program. Non-SF State matriculated business students, if not already holding an undergraduate business degree, must have completed 56 units of college credits with a minimum 2.0 grade point average to be considered for admission.

The Study of Public Accountancy Certificate — 30 Units


Select ten of the following courses
ACCT 301Intermediate Financial Accounting I3
ACCT 302Intermediate Financial Accounting II3
ACCT 305Cost Accounting3
ACCT 501Advanced Accounting3
ACCT 504Government and Non-Profit Accounting3
ACCT 506Auditing3
ACCT 507Information Systems Auditing3
ACCT 508Federal Tax Accounting I3
ACCT 509Federal Tax Accounting II3
ACCT 513International Accounting3
ACCT 518Accounting Fraud Examination3
ACCT 551Principles of Internal Auditing3

A maximum of five equivalent courses taken from other accredited institutions can be used to waive the required courses above. Depending on the candidate's formal education, additional courses could be required as prerequisites to, or used as a substitution for, the above curriculum. A determination of the total curriculum by the certificate director must be made before a candidate is accepted into the program. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the certificate course work to earn the certificate.

English Proficiency Requirement

Before completing the certificate program, all candidates before spring 2014 must pass ENG 414 and candidates after spring 2014 must pass a GWAR courses with a grade of C or better. Candidates who have taken and passed an upper division expository writing course at another institution may apply for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement.