Department of Business and Economics
Dr. Michael Engdahl
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.