The post-baccalaureate program in accounting provides a coherent, individualized course of study for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and wish to complete the coursework necessary to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. Faculty in the accounting department provide one-on-one advising, based on a student’s previous education, to select additional courses that will best prepare the student for the CPA exam.
To sit for the CPA exam in North Carolina you must have:
a bachelor’s degree (any major), and
complete at least 30 semester hours of accounting, which may include three semester hours of business law.
There are additional requirements for the CPA licensure, including:
- passing the exam,
- completing a minimum of 150 semester hours of college credit,
- passing an ethics exam or taking an eight hour Continuing Professional Education (CPE) course in ethics, and
- completing either one year of supervised work experience under a CPA or four years of work experience in accounting.
Your bachelor’s degree does not need to be in accounting; any major is sufficient. There are ten areas required in the 150 hour requirement: communications, computer technology, economics, ethics, finance, humanities and social science, international environment, law, management and statistics.
Financial aid is available to students in the post-baccalaureate accounting program in the form of federal student loans.
The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.
Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Program