College of Business & Economics

Accounting and Business Advisory Services (M.S.)

Earning a CPA

The M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services is geared toward students who want to sit for the CPA exam, while learning the necessary skills to pursue various careers in accounting. Students gain knowledge to prepare for the CPA and are able to take advantage of our innovative career programming. From the very start, students are introduced to a career action plan that can be tailored to their needs: The Career Advancement Strategy (CAS). In addition, Towson's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary society for financial professionals, holds many events for students looking to network with professionals in their fields. By the time a student completes the program, he or she is not only qualified to sit for the CPA exam but he or she has developed the CAS in order to take his or her career to the next level.

CPA Requirements

Use the above link to view the necessary requirements. Scroll down to the section that shows the board approved curriculum. The state requires 150 credit hours, including 27 credit hours in accounting and 30 hours of required business education course work in areas such as ethics, economics, marketing, statistics, finance, and business law. As part of your course planning you would compare your previously completed undergraduate coursework and anticipated graduate coursework to the required curriculum. If there are deficiencies you should then plan to take the additional courses as part of your graduate program.

To access information about CPA licensure in your state, visit the link below and select your state from the drop-down list to access the State Board's Web page.

To learn more about the CPA examination and the computer-based format visit the AICPA online.







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