Can someone become a Certified Public Accountant with only a bachelors degree?
No, you certainly don’t need to complete a Master’s degree for your CPA license. You can sit for the CPA exam and obtain your license after completing a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or any other field so long as you complete the required number of accounting and business related courses and fulfill other criteria.
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i have my three year bechlor degree in physics ,chemistry and maths.Now im in Pennsylvania and i want to sit in CPA exam then what are the requirements for me?
I hope this isn't a dumb question but I am gonna ask it any way. I am working now on my Associates in Accounting at University of Phoenix. When I am done with that I want to get my Bachelor's so that I can eventually be a CPA. I saw that they had a Bachelor's program in Accounting but it says it is only a 120 credit hour course. Does this mean that is not an exceptable degree or am I missing the other 30 hours somewhere? I want to make sure I am where I need to be at. I don't want to waist my time with this school if it isn't going to give me the degree credits I need.
The State of Florida requires 39 hours of business (upper division) and 36 accounting courses (above elementary). So, I went back to school for the MBA/PA and the Certification in Accounting with 12 hours deficient in accounting. I finally received my NTS and have scheduled Auditing on August 18, 2012. But, I am going to challenge the Board for 3 of the hours they disqualified.
Masters degree is not required to sit the exam of CPA, you can sit with your bachelors degree in accounting. AccountingDegreeTalk.org
You will need your Bachelors before can apply to take your CPA exam and you will at least 30 hours of in class time. I am a accounting major at a community college in my area, but I just found out that I have to obtain an associates in the liberal arts before I can transfer to my graduate school as an accounting major, so I have taken classes that I did not need. My best advise is to do your research and discuss your options with an academic counselor.
Hi Melissa, the only dumb question is one that is not asked. You may already have the answer to your question by now. However, a typical Bachelor program usually is around 120 credit hours for any major. Therefore, you will have to acquire the additional 30 hours either by pursuing a Master degree or taking individual accounting course (from an accredited school of course) after you have completed your bachelor’s program. This is why a lot of individual obtain a Master’s degree after completing their Bachelor’s program. Please check with your local state to verify individual accounting courses and schools that are appropriate for taking the CPA exam, if you chose to take the individual accounting course route, instead of pursuing a Master’s degree. Hope, this helps.
Masters degree is not required to sit the exam of CPA, you can sit with your bachelors degree in accounting
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