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Accounting Minor

The Accounting Minor allows students to learn the development and use of finance and accounting information by decision-makers. Students learn to appreciate the importance of accounting as it pertains to other career tracks such as consulting, finance, investments, project management, operations, entrepreneurship and general management. This program started in 2009 and is one of the largest minors at UC San Diego. 

This program may also allow UC San Diego undergraduate students the opportunity to fast-track their admission into the Masters of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program at the Rady School of Management. Enrollment in the MPAc program capacity is limited each year. Priority admission will be provided to students that earn a UC San Diego Accounting Minor.

Declaring the Minor

The accounting minor is open to registered UC San Diego students pursuing a bachelor's degree. There is no separate admissions process. We highly encourage students to declare the Accounting Minor as soon as possible, to ensure you are meeting all program requirements. Rady sends important information regarding class offerings and policy changes to our minor students through our minor list.

You may declare a minor through Tritonlink by using the Major/ Minor Tool. For more information on how to declare, please visit our main Rady Advising page.

Minor Requirements

The accounting minor consists of seven core courses that cover the key accounting principles, processes and applications. In order to complete all minor requirements prior to graduation, students should begin the upper-division accounting minor course sequence (starting with MGT 131A) during the Winter Quarter of their Junior Year. Required courses include two lower-division courses and five upper-division courses. The Accounting minor may be combined with any Rady minor and/or business-related major. All courses taken for the Accounting minor must be taken for a letter grade. Students must earn at least a C- or better in each course used for the minor. 

Find the list of tentative classes for the academic year on the undergraduate homepage.

To plan your Accounting Minor courses, please visit our Resources page to access the Rady Program Requirements Sheet.

Required Courses

Lower Division Courses

  • MGT/ECON 4: Financial Accounting
  • MGT 5: Managerial Accounting

Upper Division Courses

  • MGT 131A: Intermediate Accounting A
    • Pre-requisite: MGT/ECON 4 & MGT 5
  • MGT 131B: Intermediate Accounting B
    • Pre-requisite: MGT 131A
  • MGT 132: Auditing
    • Pre-requisite: MGT 131B
  • MGT 135: Federal Taxation — Companies
    • Pre-requisite: MGT 131B
  • MGT 136: Advanced Accounting
    • Pre-requisite: MGT 132

Optional Elective Courses

(Not required for the accounting minor)

  • MGT 133: Advanced Cost Accounting
  • MGT 134: Federal Taxation — Individuals
  • MGT 137: Financial Statement Analysis
  • MGT 139: Accounting Information Systems
  • MGT 146: Ethics in Accounting
  • MGT 147: Not-for-Profit Government Accounting
  • MGT 148: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • MGT 149: Topics in Accounting


To earn an accounting minor, you must:

Take all accounting minor classes for a letter grade of C- or better.

At least five classes from the minor must be taken at UC San Diego.

Finish the minor with an overall minor GPA of 2.0.

Careers in Public Accounting and the CPA License

If you wish to excel in the Public Accounting profession, you may need to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In 2014, the California Board of Accountancy updated their licensure requirements to meet the standards of the Uniform Accountancy Act. In line with the UAA, the CBA now requires 225 quarter units (150 semester units) of college credit alongside a year's worth of professional experience in accounting.

Link to State Licensure Requirements:

Link to California Licensure Requirements:

A bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego generally consists of 180 quarter units. In order to reach the required 225 quarter units, students desiring the CPA license will often enroll in master’s degree program in accounting, such as the Rady Master of Professional Accountancy Program, to earn the additional units required for a CPA license while satisfying the pre-licensure experience requirements. This credit hour requirement can also be satisfied through the completion of additional undergraduate level courses.

In an increasingly complex world where global standards, regulations, and significant advances in technology are changing the way businesses operate from year to year, the Rady MPAc program may be your best choice to prepare the challenges that lie ahead.

Also, learn more about the Junior MPAc entry option here.

For more information about the CPA educational requirement, please visit the Beyond Undergrad section of our Program FAQs


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