May 19, 2022
Title of Certificate: Financial Accounting, Certificate
Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 51
About the Business Administration Department
Purpose: Intended for students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and who wish to complete the individual course requirements to sit for the Maryland Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
CPA Exam Requirements
Those initially applying to sit for the CPA exam in Maryland must qualify by (1) holding a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university; (2) completing 150 credit hours; and (3) completing a minimum of 51 credit hours in accounting and related business subjects, including certain required courses.
Since the state requirements are subject to change and since many of the courses are offered only once each year because of limited demand, the student should meet with the chair of the business administration department before starting this study.
Certificate Requirements: 51 credits
Choose two of the following
Plus additional accounting electives to be approved in the future.
Choose seven of the following
In at least five of the following nine (9) subjects: statistics, economics, corporation or business finance, management, business law, marketing, quantitative methods, computer science/information systems and business communication:
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Use correct terminology and a professional manner to communicate accounting and financial questions and conclusions.
- Prepare professional communications in written form, such as financial statements and analyses, footnote disclosures, presentations of financial information, and client correspondence.
- Solve complex accounting problems for a given set of criteria.
- Apply prior learning involving multiple areas of accounting.
- Take financial information and organize it into the proper financial statement format with appropriate disclosures.
- Research accounting topics using various databases (i.e. FARS, Internal Revenue Code) and formulate answers based on their research. (See Communication for the presentation of results.)
- Use the computer to prepare answers to outside assignments.
- Correctly answer problems typical of the CPA Exam.
- Become familiar with all of the aspects of the accounting profession so they can expand their job opportunities and realize their full potential.
- Exit the program having the background to be successful on the CPA exam.
- Integrate the knowledge learned in accounting courses to other business courses and real-world situations.
- Demonstrate a full knowledge of personal skills, including but not limited to adhering to professional protocols and decorum and business ethics.
This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.
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