Certificate in Advanced Accounting Topics

Program Overview

The Certificate in Advanced Accounting Topics is designed for those individuals who desire additional professional accounting courses to complete the remainder of their 150 semester-unit requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and for those individuals desiring to update or extend their accounting knowledge and skills. The four course (12 semester unit) program builds upon prior accounting education obtained in either San Jose State University’s Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program, previous undergraduate accounting coursework, or San Jose State University’s MSA degree program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States or have completed San Jose State University’s Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program or have completed the MSA degree program at San Jose State University.

 An applicant with just an undergraduate degree in accounting should have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester/90 quarter units of study, with an absolute minimum overall GPA of 2.5. There is no conditional admission to the Certificate in Advanced Accounting Topics program.

Program Requirements

The courses in the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Topics program are accelerated. Courses will typically run in either two and a half week or five-week cycles. Most courses meet during the day on the main San Jose State University Campus. The four courses must be completed with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 (B), with no course grade less than a C (2.0). Only three units of coursework with a grade of C (2.0) can count toward the certificate. In order to be awarded the Certificate in Advanced Accounting Topics all four courses must be completed at San Jose State University. The four courses may be selected from the following:

BUS 220A - Financial Statement Analysis
BUS 220H - Auditing Concepts and Practice
BUS 220I - Forensic Accounting
BUS 220L - Legal and Ethical Environment of Accounting
BUS 220M - Accounting Ethics
BUS 220S - Financial Analysis & Reporting III
BUS 220U - IT Audit and Internal Controls
BUS 220V - Special Topics in Accounting
BUS 220X - Business Analysis & Valuation Using Financial Statements

If any of the above courses were used to satisfy the requirements for San Jose State University’s MSA degree program they may not be used to satisfy the requirements of the Certificate in Advanced Accounting Topics.

Individuals who complete the Certificate in Advanced Accounting Topics program and decide at a later time to apply for the MSA program, will be held to the same admission standards and requirements as other MSA applicants. Furthermore, no Certificate in Advanced Accounting Topics courses can be used to satisfy the requirements of the MSA degree program.

Program Cost

The total program cost for 2015 is estimated to be:

  • $ 5,056.50 for California residents 
  • $ 6,172.50 for non-residents 

The above costs only represent registration costs and do not include books, supplies, etc. Fees are subject to change.