Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency
2013 Program Dates: June 10, 2013 - September 20, 2013
Classes held at the Santa Clara University campus
(For Academic Year Program information)
- Trying to get traction in today's slippery job market?
- Seeking a career change?
- Interested in sitting for the CPA Exam?
- Short on accounting units?
The Summer Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) Program provides the knowledge and understanding of the principles of accounting in a rigorous, accelerated 14 week summer sequence of classes. The Program fosters an intimate learning environment with high-quality faculty, and delivers the necessary accounting units to sit for the CPA exam. There are additional requirements to take the California CPA Exam.
Students who intend to take the CPA exam in California must meet additional business and ethics course requirements. For a description of these additional requirements, please go to: http://www.dca.ca.gov/cba.
Benefits of Santa Clara University's CAAP Program
- Time Effective: We take the guess work out of how long it will take to complete the program. The Summer CAAP program is an accelerated, 14-week, full time program. If this does not fit into your schedule, we also offer a nine month, academic-year program that meets on either Saturdays or Sundays. Whether you're working full time or in-between jobs, one of these sessions will fit your life.
- Hassle Free: Tired of registration slots or worrying about whether you'll get the classes you need each quarter? The CAAP Program takes care of all registration hassles so you don't have to. Select which courses you need when filling out our short application form, and we'll take care of the rest.
- Cohort Experience: Students are admitted to the CAAP program as part of a group, which moves through the course sequence together. You will have the same classmates in each course, which improves cohesiveness and adult learning.
- Industry Support: Nationally recognized and preferred by many accounting firms for recruiting, including the Big 4, Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business is the ideal location for the CAAP Program.
- Career Services: In addition to offering the expertise of full-time tenured, Ph.D. level, faculty, we provide resume counseling and organize extracurricular events and networking opportunities to help navigate the job market. In September of 2012 our Career Fair attracted over 150 recruiters from over 30 firms to meet CAAP and SCU Undergraduate accounting students.
Who Should Attend
- Recent graduates who wish to pursue an accounting career
- Current graduate and law students interested in sitting for the CPA Exam
- Individuals seeking a career change or career enhancement through licensure as a CPA
- Professionals for whom an in-depth accounting knowledge would prove beneficial
Would you like an admission counselor to contact you to discuss the program?
Program Format and Details
The CAAP program consists of eight undergraduate courses that are completed in approximately 14 weeks. Of the eight courses, 7 are required to receive the certificate (Actg. 181-187). For students who have not taken any prior accounting courses or who need to refresh their understanding of basic accounting rules, we offer a 5-unit introductory course (Actg. 180) at the start of the program. Actg. 180 is required for students who have not previously taken any accounting courses and is highly recommended for students who have not taken university-level accounting courses in the past year.
In order to waive Actg 180 you must get permission from the CAAP Program Director.
Admission requirements include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or its foreign equivalent. If your undergraduate GPA is 2.5 or lower, you must submit a statement of purpose and a letter of recommendation in addition to transcripts.
Students attend class on Monday-Friday for four hours each day, in either an AM or PM cohort. The AM session begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. The PM session begins at 3:30 PM and ends at 7:30 PM.
Students are encouraged to limit non-academic activities (e.g. work) while enrolled in the Summer CAAP program and should anticipate four to six hours of daily out-of-class study. Students with full-time jobs are encouraged to consider the weekend academic year CAAP program as an alternative.
Priority consideration will be given to students who enroll in the entire program (Actg. 181-187). Individuals who can demonstrate the need for specific accounting classes will be accommodated on a space available basis. Such students should contact the CAAP Program Manager at (408) 554-4521 or by email at CAAP@scu.edu.
In order to successfully complete the program, students must receive a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 as well as a passing grade in each individual class. A course grade below a C- requires a meeting with the CAAP Director to obtain permission to continue in the program. Two grades below C- will result in automatic dismissal from the program. Those who successfully complete the program will earn a Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency from Santa Clara University.
Need to know more? See our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Lawrence Abbott, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Michael Calegari, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Santa Clara University
Ted Christensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Brigham Young University
Michael Eames, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Santa Clara University
Suzanne Luttman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Santa Clara University
Susan Parker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Santa Clara University
James Sepe, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Santa Clara University
Neal Ushman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accounting, Santa Clara University
Tuition and Fees
Application fee - $75 (Non-refundable)
Accounting 180 Accounting for Business Decisions - $1,425
Accounting 181 Intermediate Financial Accounting I- $1,710
Accounting 182 Intermediate Financial Accounting II- $1,710
Accounting 183 Auditing- $1,710
Accounting 184 Advanced Accounting - $1,710
Accounting 185 Cost Management and Strategy- $1,710
Accounting 186 Tax Aspects of Business Decisions- $1,710
Accounting 187 Accounting Information Systems - $1,140
The total cost of ACTG 180-ACTG 187 is $12,825.
Students must purchase their text books and the cost on average is about $180 per course.
Payment and Refund Policy
The CAAP Program commits faculty and University resources, so students are urged to understand the payment, refund, and cancellation policy before committing to the program. Students must make payment in full for all courses they wish to take, by May 21, 2013.
If you withdraw prior to the first day of your first course, you will receive a 100% refund (less $200 non-refundable deposit). If you withdraw after the beginning of your first course, you will receive 50% refund for courses not yet begun. No refunds will be given for any course already begun.