CPA Outside of UCSB

Undergraduate & Professional Programs

While the Economics & Accounting major is the best way to get your units for the CPA at UCSB, we understand that sometimes it's just not the right fit. Here are some alternative resources to get your CPA certification.

UCSB Extension Professional Accounting

This program is intended for Accounting professionals working as accountants in public accounting, industry, or government, individuals seeking entry into these accounting careers, and individuals wishing to study specific subjects without pursuing the certificate.

This program will gain you the 36 quarter units of accounting needed to sit for the CPA exams.

More info here.

UCSB Extension Business Accounting

​This program is intended for Accounting professionals who currently own or manage a business, individuals seeking entry into an accounting career, and individuals wishing to study specific subjects without pursuing the certificate.

More info here.

UC Berkeley Charter of Professional Accountancy

UC Berkeley offers a two-year summer-only program intended to help students gain the 36 units of accounting needed in order to sit for the CPA exams.

More info here.

​Masters in Accountancy Programs

Here are some resources for getting additional experience and units in accounting. Many schools offer one- or two-year programs after receiving your Bachelor's degree. Please note: these are not the only options for Masters programs, they are just ones that we commonly hear UCSB students going to.

California State University, Long Beach

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) at CBA, CSULB provides the additional 30 units required to complete the 150 semester units required for CPA licensure in California. The MSA also provides advanced knowledge in tax, corporate governance, ethics, and other topics important for accountants in government and industry. The MSA prepares graduates to deal with increases complexity in accounting practice, tax laws, and business methods fueled by new technology. MSA graduates have career opportunities with public accounting firms, corporate entities, financial firms, audit & tax groups, and government/tax authorities.

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California State University, Los Angeles

With options in Taxation, Financial Accounting and Information Systems, a Master of Science degree in Accountancy (MSA) from Cal State LA’s College of Business and Economics will help you accelerate your career in accounting. Our program’s customizable options and flexible scheduling allow you to target your career path and be prepared for what lies ahead in an ever changing profession.

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Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Whether pursuing a career in international public accounting, industry, government or a local CPA firm, our MS in Accounting – with its uniquely designed, multi-disciplinary approach, cutting-edge curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities – empowers our graduates to be confident and career-ready as they enter the workforce…and with a nearly 100% job placement rate.

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UC Irvine

Our curriculum focuses on career and professional development alongside technical mastery to make sure you are connected to the Merage School network and ready for a position upon completion of the program. Our optional Summer Intensive program prepares you to begin the MPAc. Offers 1-year full-time program or 2-year part time program.

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UC Davis

Our MPAc program provides you with the knowledge, technical skills and career preparation to thrive in one of the hottest job sectors in California–and beyond. With one of the top CPA pass rates in California and valuable corporate connections, our MPAc program puts you in the fast lane to success in one of the hottest job sectors. Choose from our accelerated 9-month program or 21-month option that can be completed either full-time or part-time. UC Davis is the first graduate accounting program in California to offer an audit data analytics specialization. Audit data analytics brings big data techniques into the world of financial statement auditing.

More info here.