Certificate in the Study of Public Accountancy
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 301||Intermediate Financial Accounting I||3|
|ACCT 302||Intermediate Financial Accounting II||3|
|ACCT 305||Cost Accounting||3|
|ACCT 501||Advanced Accounting||3|
|ACCT 504||Government and Non-Profit Accounting||3|
|ACCT 507||Information Systems Auditing||3|
|ACCT 508||Federal Tax Accounting I||3|
|ACCT 509||Federal Tax Accounting II||3|
|ACCT 513||International Accounting||3|
|ACCT 518||Accounting Fraud Examination||3|
|ACCT 551||Principles of Internal Auditing||3|
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.