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After I get my 4 year degree in Accounting-will I be able to sit for the CPA exam?

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Alyssa’s Answer

From what I understand it depends on the state. I'm not a CPA and haven't sat for the test so I am by no means an expert. I'd recommend checking out this chart. https://thiswaytocpa.com/exam-licensure/state-requirements/


Also, this website has a power point that has a lot of useful information under Steps to become a CPA. http://www.aicpa.org/BECOMEACPA/GETTINGSTARTED/Pages/default.aspx

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Peilei (Rebecca)’s Answer

Hi Ayomide,

The CPA exam is uniform for all states: https://nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/maryland/. The Licensure requirement varies from state to state, the link below has the requirements for Maryland

https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/cpa/cpapath.shtml

Good Luck!
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Ryan’s Answer

Each state jurisdiction may have different rules. You should visit: https://nasba.org/ to determine the rules in your state.

Many states allow you to sit for the exam once you have met the 120 credits, however you will not allowed to be certified after you pass your exam until you obtain the additional credits to reach 150.
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Ali’s Answer

Hi Ayomide, this is a great question, multiple factors should be considered here.

Shortly speaking, yes you can with a 4-year degree in Accounting, given that you apply for a state that accepts 120 credits to sit for the exam, for example Guam, New Hampshire. Some states also also requires to have 150 credits after you pass the exam to get licensed. Since requirements are changing frequently, I think 4-year degree would soon not be enough to sit for the exam and get licensed, so try to finish it as soon as possible.
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Rose’s Answer

The exam is uniform across all states, but licensure is regulated by the individual states. Consult your state's CPA association or board of accountancy for more information. State CPA associations often have informational and networking events for low or no cost for students/prospective CPAs.


I am licensed in California and had to complete 150 hours of education including 24 semester units of accounting plus 24 semester units of business prior to sitting for the exam. Licensure required a few years of experience under a licensed CPA. I only have general experience, not attest, which is required to sign off on audits.

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Lisa’s Answer

Hi Ayomide! Like Rose mentioned above, you will need 150 hours to sit for the CPA. This can be achieved in numerous different ways but I would say the most popular one would be to stay for a fifth year at your University and receive your Masters degree to get the additional hours. Some people are able to achieve the 150 hours in four years by doing things such as taking summer school or bringing in a large amount of credit hours from AP courses taken in high school.
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