The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is the best known of the professional certifications and is the goal of many of our accounting and assurance graduates.  Generally, 33.3% of our undergraduates who sit for the CPA exam for the first time pass all sections of the exam while another 16.7% pass at least one part.

Most states require students to have a bachelor’s degree and a total of 150 hours of course work in order to take the CPA exam. In response to this educational requirement, Virginia Tech established the 152-hour program. Eligible students can be admitted to the master of accounting and information systems program at the end of their junior year. At the end of their fourth year, they will receive the undergraduate degree; at the end of their fifth year, they will receive the master’s degree.  Some students complete both the undergraduate and master’s degree in less than five years.

You need to plan how you will meet the requirements to take the CPA exam in your state.