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CPA Exam Qualification Certificate

Certificate | ACCT.CPA.CT | CIP Code: 52.0399
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Program Description

The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Qualification Certificate is for those individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than accounting and need to meet the current education requirements of 51 credit hours in business and accounting required to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Maryland. 

This certificate provides the 51 specific credits of accounting and business required as part of the overall 150 satisfactorily completed semester hours required to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Maryland. This certificate aligns with the state requirements; therefore, no course substitutions can be made in this certificate. 

Many of the courses in this program can be used as part of the Accounting Professional A.A.S program. Students should work closely with the department chair to see if pursuing the A.A.S. is appropriate for them and/or to meet the requirements of the A.A.S. program.

Prerequisites Required from Bachelor’s Degree:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in any discipline 
  2. Bachelor’s degree, regardless of discipline, must include:
  • A statistics course (if missing, then students will need to complete a statistics course as part of this certificate). 
  • An algebra course (if missing, then students may need to complete an appropriate course prior to registering for certain electives).

Prior Degrees from Foreign Colleges or Universities:

In accordance with the guidelines of the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy, the academic credentials of applicants who have earned degrees from foreign colleges or universities must be evaluated to determine whether the foreign educational preparation fulfills Maryland’s education requirements. The NASBA International Evaluation Service (NIES) is the only acceptable evaluation service for foreign transcripts. There are no exceptions.

Information on Updates from the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy:

All students are advised to periodically check with the Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy for any updates or changes to the exam requirements: https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/cpa/.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of this Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam Qualification Certificate will be able to:

  • Prepare financial documents that meet regulatory requirements as well as the needs of business clients or owners
  • Analyze complex financial information to make recommendations for action
  • Make informed decisions using accounting and business principles
  • Identify basic legal concepts and their impacts on business operations
  • Explain basic business and economic concepts
  • Perform audit procedures.

Sequence of Study - CPA Exam Qualification Certificate

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 51 Credits