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Applied Accounting

Meets California Board of Accountancy educational requirements in Accounting Subjects

This program is a Division of Continuing Education offering not affiliated with the Paul Merage School of Business nor does it award Merage degree credits.


The Applied Accounting Certificate Program teaches students the accounting standards and principles needed to carry out the fundamental tasks of the accounting occupation – providing information to clients by preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents. This continuing education program is also designed to meet the accounting subjects educational requirements for students preparing to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination (CPA Exam) without seeking an advanced degree.

Who Should Enroll

  • College graduates who need additional accounting subject courses to meet educational requirements for CPA exam
  • Accounting and Finance Managers
  • Budget and Financial Analysts
  • Internal Auditors
  • Professionals considering the CPA Exam
  • Anyone planning to pursue a career in accounting

Program Benefits

  • Select individual courses or participate in the entire certificate program to satisfy accounting subject educational requirements for CPA Exam
  • Acquire a comprehensive set of accounting competencies
  • Interpret and create financial statements and reports for use in making business decisions
  • Solve complex accounting and business problems in practice
Instructor, Ryan Bourque, talks about why a career in accounting

Course Schedule

Required Courses

MGMT X420.02
Financial Accounting (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.02
Online to be scheduled to be scheduled Online
MGMT X420.03
Management Accounting (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.03
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X420.01
Accounting in Business (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.01
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X420.04
Intermediate Accounting Theory & Practice I (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.04
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X420.05
Intermediate Accounting Theory & Practice II (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.05
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X420.06
Individual Federal Income Taxation (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.06
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X420.07
Corporate Federal Income Tax (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.07
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X420.08
Auditing (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.08
Online   to be scheduled  
MGMT X420.09
Accounting Information Systems (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.09
  to be scheduled   Online
MGMT X420.10
Advanced Accounting (4.50 Units)
MGMT X420.10
  to be scheduled   Online

Elective Courses

Non-Certificate Courses
MGMT X421.01
Ethics in Accounting (4.50 Units)
MGMT X421.01

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 13 Oct 19 Jan 18 Apr 18
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 25 Jan 8 Apr 1 Jun 24
Courses End* (week of) Dec 11 Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 9
Administrative Holidays Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2 Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 2

*Actual dates may vary by program.

Learn How To Earn Your Certificate

Earn a Certificate

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of ten (10) required units totaling 45 quarter units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. Students with a bachelor’s degree that includes coursework in accounting, may petition to waive up to two (2) required courses* by submitting a petition to transfer form along with the required supplemental documents. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

*Petition courses must be completed within the past 5 years. Contact for approval of courses older than 5 years.

Program graduate, Pamela Njoku, shares how the program paved her way to becoming a CPA.

Advisory Committee

  • John Apuzzo, CPA, CGMA, CBV, ABV, MST, MIT, TEP, Senior Manager, RSM US LLP
  • Ryan Bourque, CPA, MB.T, CKA, Managing Partner, Bourque & Associates, Inc.
  • Tom Busby, CPA, Professor, School of Business, Concordia University, Irvine
  • Doug Gordan, CPA, President, DLG Consulting
  • Raffaele Mari, CPA, CFP®, CGMA, PFS, Lecturer, Economics, University of California, Irvine
  • Kami Refa, CPA, Partner, Moss Adams, LLP
  • Ken Rugeti, CPA, CFF, ABV, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

Career Advancement Network (CAN)

We are proud to provide our certificate students and alumni with newly enhanced career services that include one-on-one coaching, technology tools, webinars and workshops, networking events, mentorship/internship opportunities, and a rich collection of free online career resources. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Each course costs $805 USD due at the time of enrollment (pricing subject to change). There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125 USD, to be paid prior to your third class. The entire program costs $8,175 USD. Please keep in mind that this cost does not include parking or textbooks, which some of our instructors do require. Textbook information for specific courses can be found on our website on the enrollment page. You may order books from a third party vendor such as If you are an international student, be sure to order your textbooks well in advance of the start date of your online course to allow time for international shipping. Prices are subject to change without notice.
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • This program consists of 10 courses and is intended to help students meet the California Board of Accountancy educational requirements in Accounting Subjects, as well as those looking to enter and get familiar with the accounting field. Typically our students take 1-2 courses per quarter and spend about 10-12 hours per week on coursework (per course). The quarterly start and end dates are available on the Academic Calendar.
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted before I start?
  • No. Since UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) is the continuing education unit of the university, there are no academic requirements needed to apply for the certificate program, however, the coursework is at a post-baccalaureate level.
  • What is the “declaration of candidacy”? When do I have to complete it?
  • The declaration of candidacy can be thought of as declaring your major for the certificate program. This lets our student services know that you intend to complete the entire program, and puts you on track for the certificate when you have completed all requirements. We strongly recommend that you complete the declaration of candidacy and pay the applicable fee prior to enrolling into your third class.
  • What order should I take these courses in?
  • The course schedule can be found above. The listed sequence of courses you will find on our website acts more as a recommendation for students with no experience in accounting. Students should begin with MGMT X420.02 Financial Accounting and Management Accounting, followed by MGMT X420.01 Accounting in Business to ensure they have a solid foundational knowledge of the subject. Then, you can take courses in any order, except for MGMT X420.04 and MGMT X420.05 Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice courses, which should be taken in order (I then II). We encourage students to take MGMT X420.10 Advanced Accounting toward the end of the program.
  • Can I complete the entire program online?
  • Yes, this is a fully online program.
  • I’ve never taken an online class. How does it work?
  • All of our classes run asynchronously, meaning classes are not in “real time” and you can access the content 24 hours a day. Still, each course has a specific start and end date and students must complete assignments by the deadlines listed in the course syllabus in order to earn credit. The courses are structured week-to-week, from Monday to Sunday, and you are expected to log in multiple times during the week to keep up with class discussions and assignments.
  • I am an international student / I am located overseas – am I able to enroll?
  • Yes. As an open-enrollment program, international students are welcome in the program. As listed on our website, all certificate programs at UCI DCE (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. We find that students cannot truly benefit from the online program without a strong command of verbal and written English skills. More specifically, non-native English speakers interested in our certificate program should score a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (100 for the Internet-based test). You are not required to have a student visa while taking online courses from your home county.
  • Does this program meets the eligibility requirements for an international student to be on an F-1 Visa?
  • Because this program is fully online, it is not F-1 eligible. Please visit International Programs for a listing of programs that are F-1 eligible.
  • Does my previous coursework fulfill the educational requirements for the CPA exam?
  • To better understand the education requirements for the CPA exam, we encourage you to review the CBA Handbook and worksheet. This breaks down and defines the requirements per their regulations. The worksheet will be very helpful for you organize your courses and determine what requirement may be outstanding. Our certificate program and associated courses are intended to help individuals meet the Accounting Subjects requirements. Because the CBA is the governing body for the exam, they would be most appropriate to help look at your courses.
  • How many semester units is the program?
  • Our 10-course program (45 quarter units) equates to 30 semester units, which is what the CPA exam requirements are listed as.
  • Is the Ethics course required to sit for the CPA or to complete the Applied Accounting certificate program?
  • The Ethics course is not required to sit for the CPA exam, however for the California CPA licensure, you will need 10 units of Ethics Study. Our Ethics course can help you meet this requirement, but is not a required course for the Applied Accounting certificate program.
  • Can you help me understand the different education requirements for the CPA exam? Does the Applied Accounting certificate program help me meet them?
  • To better understand the Accounting vs. Business Subjects course/unit requirement, I encourage you to review the CBA Handbook. This breaks down and defines the requirements per their regulations. Our Applied Accounting certificate courses are intended to meet the Accounting Subjects requirement. You’ll see in the handbook that the Business subjects are much more varied and have a further reach in their curriculum, including Business Administration, Economics, Marketing, and so forth.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. While UCI DCE does not offer placement services, our certificate certainly puts you in a good position to find employment. Additionally, the networking to be done in the class can also be invaluable. Our advisors, instructors, and a good number of our students, are current professionals in the educational consulting field, and are an excellent resource for hiring trends and opportunities.
  • Is UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are affiliated with the University of California system of schools, and are accredited through WASC. DCE programs are all approved by the respective school within UCI. For more information, please see UCI Accreditation.
  • I can’t find the answer to my question.
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Finance Programs at

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.