Professional Accountancy

University of California, Berkeley

About the Certificate

The Berkeley Charter of Professional Accountancy (BCPA) is a unique program that provides comprehensive accounting coursework with professional networking events. In just two summers, students can complete all of the coursework needed to satisfy the 30 accounting subjects units for CPA licensure in California. Students can earn the BCPA certificate by completing four courses (14-16 units) in one summer.

Classes are taught by full-time faculty from the Haas School of Business. Class lectures are held on weekday evenings (starting at 6:00pm) on the Berkeley Campus at the Haas School of Business. The program includes office visits to top international accounting firms, networking events with recruiters and professionals, and support throughout the recruiting process. BCPA alums have secured internship and full-time positions at Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, and other national firms in the areas of auditing, taxation, and consulting.

Admission to the program is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in accounting, finance, economics, or consulting. Students from any major and institution are encouraged to apply.

Certificate Program Website

Certificate Requirements

Students take four courses over 12 weeks (one summer). Courses must be taken for a letter grade and students must receive a C- or above to receive a certificate of completion. 

Students have the option to earn the certificate by completing only one summer — two are not required. 

Summer I: Introductory BCPA

UGBA 102AFinancial Accounting3
UGBA 102BManagerial Accounting3
UGBA 120AAIntermediate Financial Accounting 14
UGBA 122Financial Information Analysis4

Summer II: Advanced BCPA

UGBA 120ABIntermediate Financial Accounting 24
UGBA 120BAdvanced Financial Accounting4
UGBA 121Federal Income Tax Accounting4
UGBA 126Auditing4

Contact Information

Center for Financial Reporting and Management

F424 Faculty Building

Haas School of Business

Phone: 510-642-6334

Certificate Program Website

Executive Director

Tiffany Rasmussen

F426 Haas School of Business

Assistant Director

Fani Garagouni

F424 Haas School of Business

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