Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by CelesteSpring, Mar 18, 2014.
Also does it matter if I have a B.A. or a B.S. in accounting?
Normally no, but you have to check on your state CPA requirements.
My state CPA requirements just state it has to be a bachelor's degree, and I have to have 150 hours minimum at a regionally accredited school. It doesn't say anything about all of those accreditations, and I am finding the schools with these accreditations to be very expensive.
What if a school isn't accredited with those things at all but is regionally accredited? I don't plan on working for a New York or Hollywood firm or anything. I plan on working out of my home for the most part and for small businesses until I can own my own small business.
The exact rules vary from state to state, but typically professional accreditation (AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE) is optional for CPA licensure.
In some states (like Utah, for example), it can be easier to get a CPA license if your degree has professional accreditation. But even in those states, it is typically possible to get licensed with a plain-vanilla regionally-accredited degree, as long as you have enough hours of study in the right subjects.
Other states don't care about professional accreditation at all -- any regionally accredited degree is OK. It sounds like your state is one of those. In that case, you don't need professional accreditation.
The BA/BS distinction should not matter, as long as you have enough hours of study in the right subjects. But note that states often have detailed requirements about the classes that you need to take. In that case, you obviously need to make sure that you take the right classes, especially if you enroll in an out-of-state program by DL. Since the rules vary from state to state, an out-of-state program may or may not include all of the courses that your state requires.
To become a CPA in the US, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico you don't need an AACSB accredited degree, it just need to be Regionally Accredited. The only importance for AACSB accreditation is if you plan to further your education with a Master, PhD or DBA from an AACSB accredited university as many will make you take foundation or bridge courses (even if you had them) to accept you.
Nope and Nope.
It's really no. I think they are only focus in accounting subject.
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