Course Description

A comprehensive coverage of cost accounting systems, including the flow of costs, job order and process costing, activity-based costing, cost allocations, and variable product costing. Students will learn the use of differential costs for decision making, including cost estimation, cost volume-profit analysis, differential costing for short- and long-term decisions, and capital investment analysis. The use of cost data for performance evaluation and control is also covered.

Learner Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the objectives and functions of cost/managerial accounting
  • Discuss the concepts and methodologies of managerial accounting and their application in business decision making
  • Apply managerial accounting concepts and methodologies to understand a firm's success in the past and project future performance
  • Demonstrate analytical skills and judgment  
  • Apply managerial skills


Principles of Financial Accounting or consent of instructor


Completion of the UCSB PaCE Professional Accounting Certification Program does not result in CPA licensure.  While courses in this program may count toward the educational requirements for individual states' boards of accountancy, completion of this program will not, in itself, fulfill the education, professional experience or examination requirements to qualify for CPA licensure. For more information about the requirements for the CPA Licensure, students should consult the State Board of Accountancy for the State or Jurisdiction in which they are interested in practicing. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Apr 05, 2023 to Jun 14, 2023
Web-based Instruction
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Web-based Instruction
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $650.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

Late Registrations Notice: 

Self enrollment will be available until 11:59PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59pm).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu

Steps to Enroll


How to Access Your Online Course:
One business day after enrollment but no sooner than 2 weeks before the beginning of the course, you will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your online course. You don’t need to take any action until you receive that email. Please note that you will not be able to access your online course until all the steps highlighted in that email are complete.

Required Textbook(s):
Instructor will share textbook options before the start of the course.

No refunds after 04/16/23
A minimum $40 non-refundable administrative fee per course is charged for all drops. See the full Drop Policy here.