Accounting Minor

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The Accounting minor at the Rady School of Management provides a high-quality education for students seeking a professional career in accounting. The minor meets the interests of those students who understand the importance of accounting to other career tracks such as finance, investment, project management, operations, entrepreneurship and general management. The Rady School’s Accounting minor is designed to provide students with a strong  understanding of accounting theory and practice. The program emphasizes International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) guidelines, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) rules and the general international viewpoint, which are overtaking individual national standards such as the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). For many students, this will be the first step in achieving a Certificate in Public Accounting (CPA).

Upon graduation, UC San Diego students with an Accounting minor will be prepared for positions with accounting functions in a plethora of commercial, non-profit and governmental organizations. Graduates pursuing careers not directly related to accounting will still encounter common accounting practices, and an Accounting minor will add valued knowledge to their initial employment.

Minor Requirements

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The accounting minor consists of seven courses that cover the key accounting principles, processes and applications. Required courses include two lower division courses and five upper division courses:

All courses taken for the Accounting Minor must be taken for a letter grade. The electives (such as MGT133 and MGT134) may be taken Pass/No Pass.

Students must earn at least a C- in each course used for the minor and must finish the minor with an overall minor GPA of 2.0.

Before declaring a minor, please contact your college advisor in order to ensure that you will not exceed the maximum unit limitation by pursuing a minor.

Lower division transfer credits for courses that are clearly equivalent in scope and content to lower division courses required for the Accounting minor will be accepted from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management.

Minors are required to complete a minimum of five upper division accounting courses at the Rady School of Management. A student can petition to take a course for the minor outside of UCSD from regionally accredited United States institutions and from foreign institutions recognized by the Rady School of Management and get credit toward the minor if the course is clearly equivalent in scope and content. Students who take a required upper division accounting course outside of UCSD must take an accounting elective (see list above) as a "make up." No credit is given until the student enrolls in the make-up class. Note: UCSD Extension classes are professional level and certificate classes that are not part of undergraduate degree-seeking curriculum at UCSD. Extension classes appear as zero units on a UCSD academic history.

MGT45 Principles of Accounting does not count for accounting minor credit.




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Frequently Asked Questions  - Accounting Minor 

Can I apply MGT45 toward my accounting minor?

No. MGT45 Principles of Accounting cannot be considered an adequate substitute for ECON4/MGT4 and MGT5 and cannot be applied toward the accounting minor. MGT45 is suitable for business minors only.

What accounting class should I take first

It is highly recommended that students begin the accounting minor sequence with MGT4/ECON4: Financial Accounting and then take MGT5: Managerial Accounting.