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          Department of Business and Economics
          Hendricks Hall, Room 215A
          235 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2407

          Dr. Michael Engdahl
          Department Chair
          Phone: (814) 732-2412

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          Accounting 150 Hour Requirement

          The Department of Business and Economics requires students who are interested in becoming certified public accountants to enroll in at least 150 credit hours.

          Pennsylvania, 44 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam all require a minimum of 150 credit hours for a student to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The School of Business and Department of Business and Economics have programs in place that allow students who desire to work in public accounting, or who desire to obtain their CPA license in the future, to meet this requirement. Through careful planning, students can obtain more than one concentration or obtain a dual degree in Business Administration and Economics. 

          Further information on the 150 hour requirement can be obtained from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Information on Pennsylvania’s requirements for obtaining a CPA license can be obtained from the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy


          While some students may choose to obtain a graduate degree to meet the 150 hour requirement, the School of Business has identified a more economically feasible alternative. The School of Business has prepared planning sheets to assist students in planning dual concentrations or dual degrees as they meet the 150 hour requirement. For illustrative purposes, the School presents dual options for Accounting and Forensic Accounting concentrations. Although the faculty believe these options provide the best option for a student to succeed in public accounting, students may also choose to obtain a dual degree with another program within the University. 

          While any combination of concentrations is permissible, below are some examples of dual concentrations for accounting students to meet the 150 hour requirement. These planning sheets are presented for planning and presentation purposes only and do not include all options available. Students must meet the requirements of each individual program.

          Accounting (or Forensic Accounting) Dual Concentration with Financial Services 

          Accounting (or Forensic Accounting) Dual Concentration with Management Information Systems 

          Accounting (or Forensic Accounting) Dual Concentration with Marketing 

          Accounting (or Forensic Accounting) Dual Degree with Economics