Accounting Degrees and Certificates

Get the skills necessary to enter and advance in the in-demand accounting profession. GGU graduate and undergraduate accounting programs were ranked in the top 10 nationally by TaxTalent’s 2016 Top in Tax Educational Survey. Study at our San Francisco campus or online (availability may vary by program).


"The Master of Accountancy program at GGU gave me the flexibility to tailor the program to my profession. During the program, I worked full-time, took one or two classes each semester and obtained my degree after three years."

-- Caroline F. Van Alst (MAc 02)
Partner / Forensic CPA, Hemming Morse LLP
Governing Board Member, Sausalito Marin City School District Board


Master of Accountancy

This comprehensive graduate degree is designed to prepare students for a career as a CPA or CMA certified accountant. The master of accountancy (MAc) is intended to meet the needs of both career-changers and those already working in the profession who wish to further develop their expertise. For many, the MAc will satisfy the education requirements to sit for the CPA or CMA examinations. This program also offers:

  • Accelerated 12-month in-person program which is offered during the day at our downtown San Francisco campus located in the heart of the Financial District
  • Study at your own pace with courses offered online or on campus during the evening
  • CPE credits available
  • Specialized degrees in forensics and taxation
  • Satisfy the 150-hour educational requirement to sit for the CPA exam

MS in Accounting

This graduate degree is designed for those who have studied accounting and wish to further expand their credentials, as well as complete the requirements for CPA licensure. You’ll gain a deep understanding of all aspects of accounting – including auditing, taxation, fraud prevention and detection, business law and more. Like all programs at GGU, the MS in Accounting equips students with both theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world skills. Students can also earn credit via an internship with experience in a professional work setting.


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Accounting Concentration

This computative graduate concentration trains MBA students for an accounting specialty. We recommend this degree for MBA students with a background in accounting, or students with a strong interest in the field. Whether your career goals lie in the public sector, private industry, or not-for-profit organizations, you’ll learn how to apply the theory and practice of contemporary accounting to a variety of management positions. You’ll gain abundant hands-on experience, a strong foundation in the latest accounting technology, and the accounting and management tools needed to be a leader in your chosen organization.


Graduate Certificate in Accounting

This intensive graduate certificate program is designed to train business students for a career in accounting, the CPA and CMA exams. The graduate certificate in accounting will help you expand your accounting knowledge and increase your career opportunities. It may fulfill the education requirements to for the CPA or Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations.


Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

This comprehensive graduate certificate program is designed to prepare accounting students for the “certified financial forensic” credential. With this certificate program GGU provides the technical knowledge needed by both attorneys and accountants working in the forensic field. An advisory board of subject-matter experts designed the curriculum which includes courses in bankruptcy and insolvency, economic damages, fraud investigations, stakeholder disputes, valuation, and lost profits.


BS in Business

Accounting Concentration

This focused undergraduate program preps students for a career in financial and managerial accounting, internal and external auditing, consulting and taxation. Beyond mastering technical accounting skills, you’ll gain a solid foundation in economics, law, finance, management, information systems, quantitative methods and communications.


Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting

This condensed certificate program is designed to prepare undergraduate accounting students for the CPA, CMA or a graduate accounting program. The undergraduate certificate in accounting enhances students’ accounting knowledge, expands their career opportunities, fulfills education requirements for the CPA or CMA examinations, or satisfies the admission requirements for one of our graduate account programs. Students will gain an expansive knowledge of state and federal accounting standards and information systems through both theoretical and practical applications.


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