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Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to some of our visitors’ most frequently asked questions, sorted by inquiries related to becoming licensed as a CPA, finding accounting and finance degree programs, careers in accounting and finance, and international applicants.
Becoming Licensed as a CPA
What are the requirements to become licensed as a CPA?
All 50 states in the US require CPA candidates to have 150 hours of post-secondary education. This requirement is typically met by earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, though some states may accept other combinations of education. The requirements for specific courses within the 150-credit hour requirement vary from state to state. Once a CPA candidate has met the education requirement, he or she must sit for the Uniform CPA Examination and earn qualifying work experience in order to earn a license. For more information on requirements in your state, contact your state’s board of accountancy.
Can I become licensed as a CPA with a bachelor’s degree?
No states currently allow CPA licensure with only a bachelor’s degree. However, there are a variety of other career pathways in accounting for those who hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. See our careers page for more information on possible accounting career paths with an undergraduate degree.
Finding Accounting and Finance Degree Programs
Can you send me a list of schools specific to the type of program I am looking for?
We do not maintain lists of programs other than those that are publicly available on our site. You can visit our accounting schools directory or guide to master’s in finance programs for more information on schools and programs in your area. The National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator is another resource that allows you to find programs sorted by multiple criteria.
How can I enroll in your school?
MastersinAccounting.info is an informational resource and as such we do not offer courses or programs. Please see our accounting schools directory or guide to master’s in finance programs for lists of schools by state. You can also check out our guide to earning a master’s in accounting online to find out more about online accounting degree programs.
Careers in Psychology
How do I become a CPA?
CPAs are professionals with an advanced education in accounting, which typically includes a master’s degree. The common route to an accounting career begins with earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. After graduating from a bachelor’s degree program, prospective CPAs typically enter a master’s degree program that, when added to their undergraduate experience, will lead to a total of 150 credit hours of postsecondary education. After earning a master’s degree, the next step is to pass the Uniform CPA Examination and earn professional work experience that meets state-level requirements. After these requirements are met, candidates may apply for a license. For an overview of requirements by state, please see our directory of schools and CPA requirements by state. For further information and questions, please contact the professional accountancy board for the state in which you wish to practice.
What careers are available if you have an associate’s or bachelor’s in accounting?
Completing an undergraduate major in accounting can prepare you for many potential careers, including careers in accounts payable/receivable and paraprofessional accounting and tax planning support, among many others. For overviews of common career paths for accounting grads, visit our career guide. For more personalized guidance and access to further resources, we suggest reaching out to your professors and your school’s career center or alumni office. Local professional accounting associations can be another helpful resource.
I studied and became licensed in the accounting professions overseas, how do I become a CPA in the US?
Candidates who completed their education outside the US must meet the education guidelines for CPAs in the state in which they wish to practice through a credentials evaluation and be approved by the accountancy board in that jurisdiction to sit for the Uniform CPA exam. For specific requirements and guidelines, please contact the board of accountancy for the state in which you are seeking to become licensed.