University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Business Program



CPA Information


The curriculum in the undergraduate accounting program provides many of the foundational requirements for professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

A CPA is a certified public accountant and is licensed by the state. In California, to earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, individuals are required to demonstrate their knowledge and competence by passing the Uniform CPA Exam, meeting high educational standards and completing a specified amount of general accounting experience.

For more information about how a Business Administration major with a concentration in accounting satisfies requirements to sit for the CPA requirement in California, view the following sample document.

If you have additional questions about CPA requirements, visit the California Board of Accountancy or the CalCPA. If you have questions about how UCR courses fit into the CPA requirements, schedule an appointment with your assigned Academic Advisor by calling 951-827-4551.

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