AACSB/IACBE/ASCBP... are they important in an accounting degrees?

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by CelesteSpring, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. CelesteSpring

    CelesteSpring New Member

    Also does it matter if I have a B.A. or a B.S. in accounting?

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Normally no, but you have to check on your state CPA requirements.
  3. CelesteSpring

    CelesteSpring New Member

    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. :(
  4. CelesteSpring

    CelesteSpring New Member

    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.
  5. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    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.
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  6. jayinpr

    jayinpr New Member

    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.

  7. Ed Edwards

    Ed Edwards Member

    Nope and Nope.
  8. billycerone

    billycerone New Member

    It's really no. I think they are only focus in accounting subject.

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