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.

Gainful employment information for this certificate can be found online.

Program Overview

This certificate prepares students for the Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) section of the CPA exam. The courses in this certificate cover 80% or more of the topics on the BEC exam.

College of San Mateo offers the courses you need to prepare for the CPA exam. The CPA Exam Prep certificates identify the courses that prepare you for each of the four sections of the CPA exam. Each certificate covers 80% or more of the topics that will be tested on the related section of the CPA exam.

CSM offers the following CPA Exam Prep certificates:

  • Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
  • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
  • Regulation (REG)

All CSM accounting courses qualify as accounting units to sit for the CPA exam and to 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: 13 units Units
ACTG 131 Managerial Accounting 4 units
ACTG 165 Cost Accounting 3 units
ACTG 168 Financial Management for Accountants 3 units
ECON 100 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 units
Total Required Units: 13