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Prospective Students

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Designed for individuals with a non-accounting degree, the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) Program fosters an intimate learning environment with high-quality faculty and grants the necessary accounting units to sit for the California CPA exam.
The program consists of eight undergraduate level accounting courses to be completed in either our summer or weekend program. All courses are held on campus at Santa Clara University. 

The Summer CAAP program is completed in approximately 14 weeks. This is an intensive course and it is suggested that students do not have work and minimize other extracurricular activities while enrolled. Classes are held Monday through Friday. Read more below.

The Weekend CAAP program is completed in approximately 10 months. Classes meet on Saturdays or Sundays. The weekend program allows students to work full-time Monday through Friday. Read more below. 

Please feel free to contact our office directly at caap@scu.edu or by phone at (408) 554-4521 should you have any questions. 

The CAAP program consists of eight undergraduate courses that are completed in approximately 14 weeks. Of the eight courses, seven are required to receive the certificate (ACTG 181-187). ACTG 180 is strongly recommended for students who have not taken university-level accounting courses in the past year, and is required for students who have not previously taken any accounting courses. If you would like to petition to waive ACTG 180 please email the CAAP Admissions Team directly at CAAP@scu.edu or (408) 554-4521.

Students attend class on Monday-Friday for four hours each day, in either an AM or PM session. The AM session begins at 9:00 AM and runs until 1:00 PM. The PM session begins at 2:30 PM and runs until 6:30 PM. If enrollment does not warrant two sessions, there will only be an AM session.

Students are encouraged to limit non-academic activities (e.g. work) while enrolled in the Summer CAAP program, and should anticipate six to eight hours of daily out-of-class study.

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 of less than C- requires a meeting with the CAAP Faculty Director to obtain permission to continue in the program. Two grades of less than 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.

Priority consideration will be given to students who enroll in the entire certificate 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 Director at (408) 554-4521 or by email at CAAP@scu.edu.

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The CAAP program consists of eight undergraduate courses that are completed in approximately nine months. Of the eight courses, seven are required to receive the certificate (ACTG 181-187). ACTG 180 is strongly recommended for students who have not taken university-level accounting courses in the past year, and is required for students who have not previously taken any accounting courses. If you would like to petition to waive ACTG 180 please email the CAAP Admissions Team directly at CAAP@scu.edu or (408) 554-4521.
 
Students in the weekend program take the courses for about nine months (from September through June) on either Saturdays (cohort 1) or Sunday (cohort 2). Students meet in class on either Saturday or Sunday (not both) for eight hours each day: from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. with a one-hour break. Each course lasts about five weeks. 


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 of less than C- requires a meeting with the CAAP Faculty Director to obtain permission to continue in the program. Two grades of less than 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.

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 Director at (408) 554-4521 or by email at CAAP@scu.edu. Priority consideration will be given to students who enroll in the entire certificate program (Actg. 181-187).