I have a BA in Business Administration but I would like to become a CPA. I believe that there are certain courses that I need to complete before being eligible for examination. Do you know of any accredited online schools that offer such courses? Should I complete a Masters in Accounting?
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I'm attending Keller, Graduate School of Management. They have a Master's of Accounting and Finance Management with a CPA emphasis. I take some classes on site and some online, but if you prefer you can take them all online.
Admissions is not difficult, and if you don't have the necessary background there is one class you need to take as a prerequisite to all the others. Trade-off is that its pretty expensive, but the price might change based on where you live so look into it.
All in all I really enjoy the school. The sessions are 8 weeks so its perfect for me because I'm trying to bang it out as quickly as possible. Also the professors I've had so far aren't lifelong academics, they all worked or are still working in business. In my current session I have a CEO teaching one class and a CPA teaching the other.
Keller has CPA review classes (I think through a different company they own) and they are required classes for the Master's with a CPA emphasis. I'm confident when I'm done I'll be more then prepared for the tests.
And Lastly, I promise, another benefit is that once you finish your first master's they allow you to take classes at reduced prices. I think the first class is like $150, and then from then on out they are half price. When I'm done with this degree, I'll only need 5 or 6 more classes for an MBA and I'm definitely going to take advantage of the reduced prices to get that.
Hope this helps.
Nice, Keller sounds good! The Stevens-Henager College testimonials are worth checking out too. I'm not too sure about what would be helpful as you study for the CPA examination, but I don’t think you need to enroll in a Master's in Accounting. However, maybe you could do both together--prepare for the CPA exams and do the Master's online. But that is probably way too much work to take on, especially if you already have a job.
I am attending Grand Canyon University. They have a M.S. in Accountancy that meets and exceeds the hour requirement (for Florida) and the counselors (you are given 3: University level, Academic and Finance) are excellent.
Having graduated with my B.S. Finance some time ago, the thing that I found I liked best was the "sequential" class structure. You take one class at a time for 8 weeks at a time. Its good because you get to focus on one thing.
Best wishes to you,
I am going to Post University, which offers an accounting Bachelor's Degree online as well as an online MBA. They have a very strong accounting program, and the professors bring a lot of real experience to the classes.
Community colleges are another great place to look. Many offer online, evening, and weekend classes. The price is also very reasonable. Some of the community colleges in my area actually have a reputation for better instruction than the State University. I know several CPA's at the partner level who teach at community colleges, and I have heard of others so I think it is common.
You could also look at Charter Oak State College in Connecticut and Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. Both of them have very reasonable prices for out of State students and they have online programs. Thomas Edison offers a pretty good selection of accounting classes, but I am not sure about Charter Oak.
Hope that helps.
Hey there. I am current enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University in the MBA in Accounting program. My bachelor's degree is in Economic Crime with a minor in Financial Investigation, in which I took 15 credit hours of accounting courses. I am really pleased with SNHU online. I have just started my 3rd term, and only take 1 class at a time. There are 4 terms a year, and are 11 weeks long. I like that I can get financial aid and only take one class at a time.
I started out in the MS in Accounting program there, but recently switched to the MBA in Accounting. There is no GMAT requirement, which is great. I may switch to the MBA with graduate certificate in Accounting so that I am prepared to sit for the CPA.
I really think my website could help you out. It gives a lot of information about different accredited online MBA programs, and there is a section specifically for accounting that may help you out. With more education, I know that you will be able to find a job and be successful as a CPA. Good luck!
University of Phoenix has a great program. I am finishing my BACC and will be taking the CPA exam next year.
Not all of the online schools offer the chance to overcome the requirements while doing MBA or relevant business degree programs. Some of few universities have insignificant courses which cover certain part of the requirements of CPA. It is suggested to go through the details of online schools provided by AskForEducation (http://www.askforeducation.com/online-schools/) to get complete information about the online MBA and its prospects along with the openings in different universities which you can choice from to complete your degree.
I am also attending Keller Graduate School of Management online for my Master's of Accounting and Financial Management degree. I did the online/on campus split at DeVry to obtain my Bachelor's.
They have made great strides since I graduated in 2008 with updates to their online process.
Also the CPA Review is Becker and I don't believe they own it, but they are like in a partnership to bring it to the students that attend the school. Of course Plan on putting those study reviews off till the end of my degree process so the information is more clear on my mind when I take the exam.
Please check with the state requirements, in the State of Florida I could not take accounting classes from a community college. However, I am a graduate of Post University also and enrolled in their Certification in Accounting program to fillful my accounting requirements only because I have a B.S. in Chemistry/Biology. Be careful when the admission's advisor enroll you into a program make sure they are appropriate for you state.
I always keep a handle on my schedule myself. Starting from when they first gave me a choice in High school how I wanted to set up my classes. I had it down to where when I was a senior I only needed 2 classes to graduate so I didn't have to be at school a whole day.
My adviser with Keller actually "advised" me (lol) to check into the state boards requirements before going forward because there where a certain amount of classes I needed to take in person, but thankfully my BA I took on campus as well as online, but all my upper level courses were on campus so I was still in compliance with the board and am able to take all my master's classes online without any issues later. (well as long as the standards don't change.)
Felicia which location are you at? I'm just starting at Keller for MAFM. Shootme an email so we can discuss.
I am thinking to go to Keller for their MAFM program with a CPA emphasis but I am having a tough time looking reliable and recent reviews of the school and their program. From what I have read, the school is accredited and the classes should consider for the CA CPA test requirements but other schools are not likely to admit the courses for transfer. Which I really don't care about besides them being good for the test and job aspects.
I attend Liberty University Online which offers all Accounting courses online and is fully accredited. Their tuition is extremely affordable as well, not to mention they carry a good name. It sounds like you just need your Accounting Credits. In my state they require 24 business credits, which I am sure you have, as well as 24 accounting credits OR 48 accounting credits. You most likely took Accounting I and II as part of your business degree, so check with your state to see if they allow the double billing. If not, then you may need to find an additional 8 accounting courses, which should not be difficult. You can do this through a Master's program, which will increase your validity in the job market, or dependent on your financial aid status, you may wish to take these at an undergrad level as simply continuing education. Bottom line, however, is to check with your state Board of Accountancy.
I also chose to attend Liberty University because there was a sensation I got when I first stepped on from Askforschools.com that I never got when I visited any other university. I was also given the unbelievable chance to run for Liberty University’s Cross Country and track and field programs for 2 years.
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