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Introduction to Accounting

Specialized Study Program in the Introduction to Accounting

Specialized Study Program in the Introduction to Accounting

Online Program


3 months



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All organizations regardless of size, type, or industry require the input of financial experts in order to thrive or maintain. Someone with an interest in learning more about accounting, like you, will find themselves a necessity to these organizations—but only with the right skillset and knowledge. Whether you plan to pursue an accounting or related degree or are already in financial services but want to move up, giving yourself the foundation to build the right skills and understanding is key to setting yourself up for future success.

First, learn about the basics of accounting practices and theory and ways used to convey and process accounting information. Understand how to use balance sheets and income statements to record, analyze, and summarize that information. Learn more about the different facets of accounting, from purchases and sales to intangible assets to sole proprietorships. Take a deeper dive into intermediate accounting theory and topics. Explore interpretation, use, processing, presentation, and more. Discover the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), valuation, recording, presentation, and control of different assets. Use your collection of knowledge to pursue something immediately or use it to bolster your goals elsewhere.

Designed For

  • Professionals in the financial services industry
  • Financial assistants
  • Students majoring in business
  • Individuals wishing to pursue a career in accounting

What You'll Learn

  • Essential and intermediate accounting theory
  • Accounting principles and practices of using, communicating, processing, recording, analyzing, and summarizing accounting information
  • The application of accounting in different departments and organizations
  • Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and principal accounting statements
  • Intermediate topics such as valuation, presentation, and control of assets

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include self-employment, firms, government, or nonprofit organizations. Jobs might include:

  • Accountants
  • Personal financial advisors
  • Bookkeepers
  • Account collectors
  • Budget analysts

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Principles of Accounting

MGT X477.3

4 units

Financial Reporting

MGT X468.1

4 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Supporting individuals in keeping pace with the changing requirements of the modern work environment is at our core. Collaboration, partnership, and community drive us to provide accessible, affordable education, and training for working adults. Whether you are an individual looking to advance your career, or an organizational leader interested in investing in your workforce, we are here for you.”

Kasey Wilson, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Programs
UCR Extension
Riverside, CA

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