The Professional Preparation Program for Accounting is designed to help you meet the California requirements for CPA Licensure. You can fulfill 24 quarter units (or 16 semester units) toward CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Licensure in only 10 weeks June 26-September 1, 2017.

For CPA licensing, the 24 units can be split up into 12 units of Accounting, 6 units of Accounting or Ethics, and 6 units of Business-Related Subjects.

Courses are offered in an intense, high-quality sequence, designed to provide the detailed knowledge and skills desirable in a professional accountant. Courses cover professionally based material that expands upon the academic accounting curriculum offered by the UCSB Economics Department. Courses provide information that broadens student understanding and knowledge of modern business methods and environments. Taken together, the four courses in the sequence also cover topics included in the CPA examination. The program assumes prior knowledge of cost and financial accounting at a college level.

Enrollment in the program automatically enrolls you in the following four required courses:

  • Advanced Auditing and Attestation (ECON X426A) This course provides in-depth coverage of the theory and practice of the attest role of the accountant. Both auditing and other areas of attest are addressed. The class provides comprehensive coverage of the entire audit process including engagement planning, audit sampling, audit evidence and the role of technology in audit. The class also provides coverage of the role and procedures of internal audit. The course is part of a group of four courses that together will provide broad exposure to professional aspects of accounting that are not covered in a traditional college accounting curriculum.
  • Current Issues in Financial Reporting (ECON X426B) This course provides comprehensive study of a range of issues in financial reporting and accounting, including the theoretical and regulatory frameworks of financial statements, recognition, valuation and measurement of assets, liabilities, equity and income, and the impact of special transactions and events on financial statements.
  • The Regulatory Framework of Business (ECON X426C) This course provides comprehensive coverage of both the legal and tax aspects of business. Tax issues covered will include the taxation of different business entities as well as individuals, and the impact these have on business decisions. The business law component of the class will include legal issues regarding contracts, professional responsibilities, government regulation and property, among other items.
  • Special Topics in Accounting (ECON X426D) This course provides extensive coverage of selected topics including economic theory, accounting for not-for-profit and government entities, cost and managerial accounting and special issues in corporate taxation.

Enrollment opens March 1, 2017.

Enrollments will be accepted by online by clicking on "add to cart" or by mail, phone, or in person at the UCSB Extension Office located at 2166 Kerr Hall, UCSB. At the time of enrollment students will be enrolled in ECON X426A, ECON X426B, ECON X426C & ECON X426D.

Program Fee

Program fee is $3400 if you enroll by May 19, 2017. A $200 dollar late fee will be charged for enrollments after the May 19 deadline. Enrollments will be taken until June 19, but is subject to space availability.  

Disability Services

To request disability services please visit our help desk: How do I access disability services?


Textbooks for this program will be available for purchase at the UCSB Bookstore under the course # ECON X426. Information about when these textbooks are available will be sent through email notification. Textbooks must be purchased by the first day of the program and are to be brought to class each day.

Refund Policy

A refund will be given (less a $40 processing fee), if notice of withdrawal from the program is received in writing by June 19, 2017. No refunds will be given after that time. Exceptions to this policy are considered only under the most unusual circumstances. Refunds will not be processed without written notification of withdrawal to Please date the request, indicate the course title and course number, and provide a daytime phone number.