College of Business & Economics

Department of Accounting

Professional Certifications


Most entry-level professional accounting positions require only a bachelor's degree. However, if you desire to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), the state of Maryland requires 120 credit hours of higher education to sit for the CPA examination and 150 credits hours to receive the license. This will normally exceed the number of credit hours required to earn a bachelor's degree. Most other states have a similar requirement. You can begin working for a CPA firm upon receiving your bachelor's degree, take the CPA Exam, and subsequently earn any additional credit hours needed for the 150 credit hour requirement. You can take undergraduate or graduate courses in order to fulfill this requirement.

>> Maryland CPA Regulations

The TU undergraduate accounting major provides the necessary accounting courses to prepare students for the CPA examination. It also provides the foundation for a graduate program in accounting for students who choose to pursue a master's or other advanced degree.

Other Certifications

While the CPA is the most common accounting certification, accounting majors have the opportunity to get certified in other areas related to their field and expertise.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
A CMA is for those who would prefer to work with employers more so than with the public. The exam is four parts and educational as well as practical experience requirements must be met. The exam ensures that an individual is proficient in business analysis, management accounting and reporting, strategic management and business applications.

>> How to Become a CMA

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
With a CFE designation, an individual sets his or herself apart as an expert in the anti-fraud field. Passing the exam proves that an individual excels in fraud prevention, detection, deterrence and investigation.

>> How to Become a CFE

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certificate in internal auditing. In order to qualify for the program to achieve the certificate, an individual must hold a bachelor's degree and work 24 consecutive months in an internal auditing field.

>> How to Become a CIA


CPA Review

The Department of Accounting partners with Becker CPA Review to offer the Fast Pass CPA course at Towson in the summer.

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