Meet with a CSM counselor to discuss how to achieve academic goals and to develop a comprehensive student educational plan (SEP).

University Transfer Program
60-70 transferable units

California State University
University of California
Independent Colleges and Universities

For students who wish to transfer as a Business Administration major, refer to Business.

Program Overview

This certificate prepares students who are looking to expand their advanced accounting foundation knowledge or who are considering taking the CPA exam in the future. The courses in this certificate cover advanced accounting theory which is also a significant portion of the CPA exam. The courses within this certificate, as well as all CSM accounting courses qualify as accounting units to sit for the CPA exam and meet the 150-semester hour requirement for licensure in California. For more information about how to prepare for the CPA exam visit the CSM accounting department website at

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses: 12-15 units of any combination of the following courses: Units
ACTG 119 Personal Financial Planning 3 units
ACTG 161 Intermediate Accounting I 4 units
ACTG 162 Intermediate Accounting II 4 units
ACTG 163 Auditing 3 units
ACTG 164 Governmental & Nonprofit Accounting 3 units
ACTG 165 Cost Accounting 3 units
ACTG 167 Advanced Accounting 4 units
ACTG 168 Financial Management for Accountants 3 units
ACTG 169 Accounting Ethics 3 units
Total Required Units: 12 - 15