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Old 10-14-2009, 12:59 AM
 
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Hi, I'm thinking of going back to school and take a post-graduate degree in Accounting or Finance from Berkeley Extension.

Finance Certificate Fall 2009 - UC Berkeley Extension


Background:
I have a Bachelors degree from an unknown university in the east coast, and completed an internship (1 full semester) in a big accounting firm (not big 4) in ATL.
I moved here in the SF Bay area and now working part time in a small company doing admin and basic accounting (AR/AP) role. I just can't find a full time accounting job coz I don’t have an accounting/finance degree.
I’m very interested in pursuing either a CFA or CPA in the future, but for the mean time I just want to take a post grad degree that would boost my resume while searching for a full time finance job.


Is Berkeley Extension certificate worth time/money?
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:01 AM
 
Location: southern california
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i really like certificate programs.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:35 PM
 
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It does give usable skills as well as some slight "graduate school" cred. Not unlike having a partially completed masters. Of course, one must ask themselves the question, "why not go for a masters?"
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Is your university accredited? Whether it's unknown or not doesn't matter if it's a legit school.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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I'd go for the masters (maybe sf state/sonoma state/usf) if you can't get in Berk...... it would be better than a certificate from Berkeley...A lot of these programs are often employer sponsored... if you are coming up with it oop, I wouldn't do it.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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I'm not sure how long the certificate program lasts but 16 units is a good amount of coursework. It's almost worth it to get a masters. If you want less of a commitment then a masters, I'd recommend the CPA or CFA if you have enough coursework in your undergrad major to sit for the CPA exam.

It took me about a year to study for the CPA while working full time. I think that is about average and it can be done more quickly than that if you are consistent. The CPA is more valuable than a certificate - even one from Berkeley.

An MBA from other accredited schools here is good but its not the same as getting one from Berkeley or Stanford. Nearly every school in the Bay Area has an MBA program so there are lot of options.
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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I am currently enrolled in the Certificate of Accounting program at UC Berkeley Extension. My goal is to earn the accounting units necessary to qualify for the CPA exam. I already have a business administration degree from Cal Poly, so that requirement is met (24 semester units of business). If someone is achieving this certificate and stopping there, I don't believe an employer would honor the merits. I had to make the choice between Masters in Accounting or CPA, and I chose the latter. It is an extremely marketable title.
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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I would agree that a masters degree is preferential. I look at a degree as a milestone, vs a certificate program as a small feather in the cap. I attained a Six Sigma certification, which I would say is on par with an extension certification, but is not the same as my MBA degree.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:09 AM
 
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I have a question that I cannot find anywhere. I am hoping to take the CPA and
I have a B.A in a non accounting/business major so basically im starting from scratch.
I am planning to enroll in the UCB extension and get a certificate.

Upon completing the certificate, do i need to take more classes for the 24 units on the business side?
I know that this certificate completes the 24 units for Accounting.

So what are the perks of getting a certificate if im going to have to enroll at a community college anyways to finish my 24 business units to even sit at the CPA exam.

This whole time i thought the Accounting certificate was sufficient to sit in for the CPA exam.
WTH!

HELPPPP!!!!!
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:07 PM
 
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I am located in NY and I have BA degree from Brooklyn College and I have 125 credits. I am an IRS Enrolled Agent and I want to do my CPA so I decided to earn accounting credits from UC Berkeley extension. I want to make sure their classes qualify for CPA in NY. If anyone has taken these classes online to qualify for CPA in NY please let me know. I have called school and they asked me to call board of accountancy in NY. the website is very confusing and when I search for the school I don't see it. Please Help!
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