College of Business & Economics
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.
The 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.