Can you take the CPA exam with a bachelor's degree?

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Can you take the CPA exam with a bachelor's degree?

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Yes! In order to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam one must hold at least a bachelor's degree.

Typically to successfully take the CPA exam one must:

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor's degree is the minimum level of education required for entry-level accountant positions. Bachelor's in Accounting programs are numerous and can be found at most colleges, universities, and community colleges. There are also various online degree options from which to choose.
  • The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) the minimum amount of credit hours to sit for the CPA exam is 150 hours. Typically most bachelor's degrees require 120 hours of coursework.
  • Though obtaining a CPA certification is not required for all accounting positions, those without the certification will be more limited in the scope in which they can operate. If one chooses to pursue a CPA certification, enrolling in a CPA exam preparation course prior to sitting for the exam is recommended.

The median pay for accountants and auditors in 2019 was $71,550 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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