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Prepare for the CPA Exam to Practice Accounting

If you have an accounting degree and want to take accredited CPA exam prep courses, our online Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting is for you. This program will give you a solid foundation for what to expect on the exam, as well as strong analytical skills that can easily be applied to an accounting profession. Courses are available online, so you can study around your schedule.

The Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting will prepare you to take the Uniform Certified Public Accounting exam through a challenging review of accounting concepts. CityU uses Becker materials to teach and review concepts historically addressed in the exam, making this program an efficient use of your time and resources.

Courses completed for this certificate also count toward your Master of Business degree. Each in-depth CPA review course is recognized for credit by the Washington State Board of Accountancy and prepares you to become a Certified Public Accountant.

By completing this certificate, you’ll be 25% of the way through your MBA.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Graduate Certificate in Public Accounting online program, you’ll learn:

  • Business law, professional ethics, legal responsibilities, and federal taxation
  • Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) in relation to auditing and attestation engagements
  • To apply knowledge using analytical skills and evaluation techniques
  • To analyze internal management information to make decisions about pricing, inventory procurement, make or buy alternatives, and production volume
  • To develop budgets and analyze performance against their projections

Total Required Credits (15 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

AC 530 CPA Review - Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) (3)

AC 531 CPA Review - Regulation (REG) (3)

AC 532 CPA Review - Auditing and Attestation (AUD) (3)

AC 533 CPA Review - Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) (3)

MBA 535 Managerial Accounting (3)

This accounting graduate certificate is designed to build off your undergraduate degree and give you the analytical skills required to not only pass your CPA exam, but to also practice as a professional. Upon completion of the program, and the passing of your exam, you will be able to apply your learnings in a number of career options, including:

  • Accountant
  • Audit manager
  • Corporate accountant
  • Corporate controller
  • Accounting information systems auditor
  • Accounting manager

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.