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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) now recommend that all states require 150 college credit hours in order to sit for the CPA exam.

Our Accounting 150 Certificate Program will be tailored for each student to ensure you complete the number of credits required to sit for the exam, or earn licensure, depending on state requirements. You will learn from courses in such areas as business ethics, international business management, taxation, and accounting. Credits also may be earned in courses outside the business area.

Most graduates with a bachelor’s accounting degree have already typically completed 120 to 138 of the 150 needed credit hours. Many students can complete this certificate in just one or two semesters, while others may choose to spread study over a year. We will tailor a program just for you to suit your schedule.

Current accounting majors, working accountants, or accounting graduates from any college should explore this program if they someday hope to be a CPA. If your college credit hours are less than 150 hours, you will not be eligible for licensure in most states or to sit for the CPA exam in some states, so let’s get started!



Program Level

  • Undergraduate Certificate

Accounting 150 Certificate Program Outcomes

Will the Accounting 150 Certificate help you prepare for the CPA exam?  Absolutely! Working with your admissions counselor, you can determine the courses that will best prepare you for the CPA exam in your state. You can reach your 150-hour goal with additional accounting and taxation classes, courses in business ethics, business law, or international business, or you can choose to focus on courses in other areas such as management, business writing, or group dynamics. We will tailor the program to help prepare you for success.

Careers for CPAs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the outlook for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) is promising. The demand for CPAs is projected to grow at a faster-than-average rate in the coming years. With an increasing complexity in tax regulations, globalization of business, and a focus on financial transparency, the role of CPAs has become indispensable. CPAs are expected to have strong job prospects, especially those with advanced certifications and specialized knowledge in areas such as taxation, forensic accounting, information technology, and international finance. Additionally, the BLS highlights that CPAs who possess excellent analytical skills, proficiency in accounting software, and the ability to interpret financial data will have the best opportunities for career advancement and higher salaries. Overall, the BLS outlook emphasizes a positive and promising future for CPAs due to the increasing demand for their expertise in various sectors of the economy.


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