150 Hour Requirement
Pennsylvania, along with 44 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam all require a minimum of 150 hours for a student to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The School of Business has 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.
Planning to meet the 150 hour requirement with dual concentrations and dual degrees
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 for students to assist students in planning dual concentrations or dual degrees to meet the 150 hour requirement. For illustration 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.
These planning sheets are presented for planning and presentation purposes only. 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