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lsutiger2010
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Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
I have an engineering degree but have some interest in getting a CPA. Is there a path to do this that doesn't require a ton of time to go back to school?


LigerFan
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
There is a requirement for # of accounting hours you will need from an accredited university.


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The Spleen
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
Check with your state's accountancy board. I actually went back to school for an accounting degree(2nd degree) and for Alabama, the required hours and classes to sit for the CPA exam pretty much met the degree requirements. Think I had to take a couple of additional business classes for the degree, but can't remember.


jralspanky
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
most states require you to complete at least 24 semester hours in accounting courses including intermediate and advanced financial accounting, cost accounting, and taxation. States typically also require a minimum of 20 credit hours in a related business course like finance, business law, and management.


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jralspanky
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
most states require you to complete at least 24 semester hours in accounting courses including intermediate and advanced financial accounting, cost accounting, and taxation. States typically also require a minimum of 20 credit hours in a related business course like finance, business law, and management.


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BamaAlum02
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
My undergrad is in MIS but I hated my first job and wanted to get into accounting. I got what was called a Certificate of Accounting which just means you are taking all of the classes for that major as if you were getting another undergrad but not taking the Humanities, English, etc. requirements. I took the CofA classes while working in MIS at a software company. Once I wrapped up the CofA, I got a job in public accounting and knew I wanted to sit for the CPA exam. I was still a few hours short for the Accounting specific classes so I enrolled in the Masters program. Once I was qualified to sit I only needed a couple more classes for the Masters so I finished it up.

Long story short, most states have an overall hours requirement and accounting hours requirement. You probably aren't far from the overall hours (I think it is 150 in AL) but you will need to take several accounting classes.


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The Spleen
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
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I got what was called a Certificate of Accounting which just means you are taking all of the classes for that major as if you were getting another undergrad but not taking the Humanities, English, etc. requirements.



Because I already had a degree, I didn't have to take any of those classes. I also had a minor in business with my first degree, so I had already taken a lot of the core business classes, including a few upper level ones. Getting the classes and hours to sit for the CPA only took me a couple of years taking 2-3 classes while working full time.


BamaAlum02
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
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Because I already had a degree, I didn't have to take any of those classes. I also had a minor in business with my first degree, so I had already taken a lot of the core business classes, including a few upper level ones. Getting the classes and hours to sit for the CPA only took me a couple of years taking 2-3 classes while working full time.


Maybe I didn't describe it correctly but the quoted is the same for me. It took me about 3 years of taking classes to get eligible for exam and then another year to finish the MAcc.

The Certificate of Accounting is made for those that already have an undergrad. You are only taking ACC classes.


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The Egg
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
i used to work with a controller that graduated in biology, went back for his accounting hours and passed the cpa

unconventional route for sure, but it can and has been done.


Tigerpaw123
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
My father was a CPA and never had a college degree, of course that was 50+ years ago and i am sure things have changed, but that is all I got which is no help to you


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LSUFanHouston
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
You are going to have to take a number of accounting classes as well as some business classes. The good news is that you can probably do most/all the classes remotely via online. So you don't have to physically go to class... but depending on the state and what you might have taken with your prior degree, probably need 10-15 classes.

Doing 2 a semester, 3 semester a year, can knock this out in 2-3 years.


macatak911
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
LSU Online has everything you need.


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Boss
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re: Is there a realistic path to a CPA without a business degree?
Got my BA in History. Ended up at LSU and took 30 hours to sit for the CPA. This was in the 90s so your mileage may vary.
This post was edited on 9/17 at 9:31 pm


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