Why become a CPA?

A CPA is one of most prestigious professional designations you can earn, and it will make you stand out to potential employers and clients. Completing the MAcc program at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business will prepare you for a professional accounting career and meet the educational requirement to license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Completing the rigorous certification requirements will not only demonstrate your determination but will also give you a broad foundation of knowledge that will help you succeed in your career. In public accounting, becoming a CPA is absolutely necessary to remain competitive.

Requirements at a Glance

Your education is only one of the requirements for licensure, and graduation from the MAcc program is not the same as becoming a CPA. Although the requirements vary from state to state, you should remember the “three Es” of becoming a CPA:

In Utah, the education requirement is 150 credit hours, including certain requirements for accounting and business credit hours, depending on the nature of degrees obtained. There are several ways to fulfill this requirement, but the simplest and most common is earning a MAcc degree.

As of 2013, candidates for CPA licensure in Utah are allowed to sit for the CPA Examination after having completed only 135 of the total 150 required credit hours. This means that MAcc students can prepare for and begin taking the exam while they are still in school.

For details on Utah’s CPA licensure requirements, see the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) or the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Becker Prefessional Education also has a useful State-by-State Reference Guide to CPA requirements.

This Way to CPA is an invaluable resource that provides detailed information on how to prepare for and complete the CPA Examination, the benefits of licensure, other certification requirements, how to plan for your career, etc.

Consider meeting with your academic advisor to answer any questions you may have and to plan your MAcc experience to best prepare you for becoming a CPA. Contact MAcc@Utah.edu to make an appointment.