Frequently Asked Questions

Please use the answers provided below to help you. If your question is not listed, please contact undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu.




Rady Accounting and Business Minors

How do I declare the Accounting or Business minor?

The Accounting and Business minors are open to all UC San Diego students from any major or college. Please consult with your college academic advisor before declaring either minor in order to ensure that you will not exceed the maximum unit limitation by pursuing a minor.

You can declare the Accounting or Business minor using the Major/minor tool on Tritonlink. The minors are listed as “M070- Accounting” and “M074- Business.” There is no application process and you can declare at any time. You do not need to declare before you start taking the classes. When asked for the subject code, use “MGT.” For the institution, use UC San Diego (or the name of the community college if you took a course there). For course code, list the course number (for example 5, 131A, 131B, etc.). For the business minor electives, you should list the electives you plan to take. However, you may change your course plan later on and do not need department approval to do so.

Sample Business Minor Declaration Form
Sample Accounting Minor Declaration Form

A maximum of two lower division classes can be applied toward the minor.  Students must take all required classes for a letter grade, earn a C- or better, and earn an overall minor GPA of 2.0 or better to satisfy the minor requirements.

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Which is better, an accounting minor or a business minor?

One minor is not better than the other – how you intend to use your degree is a more important consideration. Use the Career Services Center as a resource when considering your career path.

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Can I take classes for my minor Pass/No Pass?

No. All courses taken for the Business minor must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn at least a C- in each course used for the minor.

For the Business Minor, you may take MGT3/MATH10A/MATH20A Pass/No Pass to fulfill the math prerequisite for MGT181 Enterprise Finance. However, you should first ensure that you do not need to take this course for a letter grade for a major or general education requirement.

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Does a D count as a passing grade for my minor?

Passing is considered a C- (C minus) or better. Grades of D or F are not accepted for the minor. However, a “D” grade will allow you to count that course as a perquisite. For example, if you receive a “D” in MGT131A Intermediate Accounting A, you can continue on to take MGT131B Intermediate Accounting B. However, you will need to retake and pass MGT131A with a C- or better before you graduate in order to complete the minor.

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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.

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Can I overlap classes to fulfill both my major or general education and minor requirements?

Lower-division classes can apply to both your major and your minor. Per University policy, upper-division courses cannot apply to both your major and your minor.

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Will courses taken at community college count toward the minors?

We will accept lower division course work from community colleges. For information about equivalent courses from community colleges, please visit www.assist.org. This website shows which courses at your community college are equivalent to specific courses here at UC San Diego. Please note that you should search under “Accounting: Rady School of Management” or “Business: Rady School of Management.”

If you took accounting classes at your community college and wish to apply them toward the business minor, but do not see them listed under “Business Minor,” check under “Accounting Minor” to see if they are listed there. If your courses are equivalent to ECON4 Financial Accounting and MGT5 Managerial Accounting, you have met the accounting requirement for the business minor.

Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower–division courses transferred from a community college).

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If I study abroad, can I apply the courses I complete toward my minor?

Students may take classes abroad and apply them toward their minor, so long as they are deemed equivalent to Rady classes. Before studying abroad, submit your Academic Planning form to Rady's advising department along with course descriptions or syllabi from the courses you would like to apply toward your minor. Allow approximately one to two weeks for review and approval.

Upon return, and once your coursework appears on your Academic History on Tritonlink, you will need to submit an Undergraduate Student Petition (http://registrar.ucsd.edu/StudentLink/Undergrad_Petition.pdf) and course syllabus for each class you want to apply toward your minor for approval. Additional documentation such as papers or exams may be requested.

Note that Rady accepts a maximum of two transfer courses to be applied toward a minor (this includes lower division courses transferred from a community college).

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Can my Academic Internship Program class count toward my minor?

Yes, with department approval, a business-related Academic Internship (AIP197) course can count as 1 business minor elective. To petition for department approval, submit your AIP-approved Learning Agreement form to the advising office or to undergrad@ucsd.edu for approval.. A maximum of 1 AIP197 class can be applied toward the business minor.

No accounting minor credit is given for Academic Internship courses.

Find more information about the AIP program here: http://aip.ucsd.edu/

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Can I double minor in Business and Accounting?

Students may double minor in Business and Accounting. Econ/MGT 4: Financial Accounting and MGT 5: Managerial Accounting may be applied toward both minors. However, upper-division courses may not overlap. Please consult with your college academic advisor before declaring either minor in order to ensure that you will not exceed the maximum unit limitation by pursuing two minors.

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I am on a waitlist for a class. What are my chances of enrolling?

The enrollment and waitlist system at UCSD is completely automated and we cannot predict your chances of getting a seat. We cannot allow more students to enroll than there are chairs in the classroom, so the enrollment capacity cannot be increased. The waitlists shut down Thursday of the 2nd full week of classes at 10PM. If you do not get a seat, Friday of the 2nd week of classes is your last day to enroll in another class that does not have a waitlist. Rady does not allow late adds after the 2nd week of class.

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Where can I get more information about the CPA exam and the requirements?

The California CPA licensure requirements will change on January 1st, 2014. All current students planning to pursue their CPA license will need to meet the new requirements. Review the CPA Licensing Handbook published by the California Board of Accountancy for information for first–time applicants. Pathway 1 for licensure listed in the Handbook will be eliminated, leaving only Pathway 2.

Requirements for CPA Licensure

  • Existing education requirements:
    • 36 Quarter Units – Accounting Subjects
    • 36 Quarter Units – Business-related Subjects
  • Additional new education requirements:
    • 30 Quarter Units – Accounting Study
    • 15 Quarter Units – Ethics Study
    • Overall total of 225 quarter units of education
  • 1 Year Work Experience
  • Pass CPA Exam

Find specific information about subjects required under the education requirements on the CPA Board's Tip Sheet. The new requirements (in green and red) do not need to be completed before you take the CPA Exam, but will need to be completed before you apply for your CPA License. While reviewing the tip sheet, note that semester and quarter units are weighed differently(semester units x 1.5 = quarter units).

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What portions of the CPA Education requirements can I satisfy at UCSD?

Find specific information about subjects required under the education requirements on the CPA Board's Tip Sheet. While reviewing the tip sheet, note that semester and quarter units are weighed differently(semester units x 1.5 = quarter units).

24 semester/ 36 quarter units of Accounting - The accounting minor + the two optional accounting electives (MGT133 and MGT134) will satisfy this portion of the requirements.

24 semester/ 36 quarter units of Business - Business classes offered at Rady and many classes offered by Economics, Communication, Computer Science and Engineering, and other departments at UC San Diego will satisfy this portion of the requirements.

20 semester/ 30 quarter additional units of Accounting – A portion of these requirements may be met by completing additional business subject courses, other courses relevant to business, academic internships or independent studies. However, a minimum of 6 semester/ 9 quarter units must be in accounting subjects. UCSD does not offer sufficient accounting courses to meet this portion of the requirements. Additional course work can be completed by obtaining a Masters Degree in Accounting, by taking additional courses at a community college or at a continuing education program such as UCSD Extension.

10 semester/ 15 quarter units of Ethics - Rady offers two ethics courses: MGT16 Personal Ethics at Work and MGT166 Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4 quarter units each). Additional courses may be offered by other departments at UCSD, or at a community college or at a continuing education program such as UCSD Extension.

150 semester /225 quarter overall units of education - UCSD has a maximum unit limitation of 200 for most students. Speak with your college advisor to determine what your unit limit is.

There is no course overlap permitted between sections.

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Can you tell me which classes I’ve taken meet the CPA Education Requirements?

Unfortunately, the State Board does not publish a list which shows which college courses are approved to satisfy their requirements and will not discuss an applicant’s coursework unless they have a current application on file. Each applicant must use their best judgment to determine whether their courses meet the CPA board’s requirements before applying.

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Enrolling in Rady Courses

How do I sign up for Rady undergraduate courses?

Use WebReg on TritonLink to sign up. Our courses have the tag "MGT" in front of them.

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Who can take Rady’s undergraduate courses?

The Rady School is a department within UC San Diego. Though Rady’s graduate/MBA program has a separate admission process, our undergraduate courses are open to all UC San Diego undergrads. In order to enroll in undergraduate business classes offered at the Rady School, you would first need to be accepted by the University of California, San Diego. For more information about UC San Diego Admission, please visit https://tritonlink.ucsd.edu/portal/site/prospective-students/.

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I'm having problems registering for a Rady (MGT) class because of prerequisites, but I know I have completed them. What can I do?

There may be problems with the enrollment system recognizing your prerequisite courses and we may be able to help. E-mail undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu and include your name, PID#, and the class(es) for which you are having problems registering. Instructors cannot help you enroll.

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Do you allow EAP Student enrollment?

We welcome EAP Students in Rady courses so long as they meet the prerequisites (if any). That said, WebReg may prevent EAP students from enrolling in our courses due to the upper division (junior/senior) standing requirement. Students who wish to enroll in Rady courses should email undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu for preauthorization. Please be sure to include your PID number and section IDs for the courses you wish to take.

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How do I purchase a course reader?

  • 1. Visit universityreaders.com/students.
  • 2. Follow the directions provided for the purchasing process.
  • 3. Be sure to select University of California » San Diego » Rady School.

University Readers is the custom publisher for all Rady course readers.

Payment can be made by all major credit cards or electronic check. Orders are typically processed within 24 hours and often same-day. Shipping time will depend on the selected shipping method. If available for your course, you will also have access to a PDF or a Full Digital Pack so you can get started on your required readings right away. If you have any difficulties, please contact orders@universityreaders.com or call 800.200.3908.

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OSD Accommodations

What are the procedures if I am registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)?

You must present the OSD Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) form in person to the Undergraduate Advising Office within the first two weeks of the quarter. We will coordinate with your instructor or TA to schedule rooms for your exams. It is your responsibility to show up at the scheduled time with required exam materials.  Contact Rady's OSD Liason at undergrad@rady.ucsd.edu. Contact OSD.

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Rady School of Management Programs

Does the Rady School offer a Business major?

There is no Business major available at Rady or elsewhere at UC San Diego nor will there be in the foreseeable future.

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Are Rady’s undergraduate courses a requirement for the MBA program?

Taking undergraduate courses at Rady is not required for admission to Rady’s MBA program. Undergraduate course work will not count toward graduate credit.

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Which specific majors / minors are required for MBA admission?

The Rady School and most other business schools accept students from a variety of academic backgrounds. The Rady School welcomes applications from undergraduates who have excelled academically and personally and who can articulate their reasons for continuing directly to the MBA program. Undergraduate majors in science or engineering or technical disciplines are particularly relevant to the Rady School’s emphasis, but these are by no means the only majors we consider.

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