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OPTIONS TO MEET CONNECTICUT'S EDUCATION
REQUIREMENT FOR CPA CERTIFICATION
Connecticut's educational requirement is a two-tiered process. To sit for
the CPA Exam you must complete a Bachelor's Degree (~120 hours)
which includes at least 24 credits in accounting courses, and at least 22
credits in other business courses (Business Law, Economics, and
Finance.) To meet the requirements for CPA certification, you'll need a
total of 150 credits (including a bachelor's degree) that includes 36 credits
in accounting courses and at least 30 credits in other business courses
(Business Law, Economics, and Finance.) However, there are a number
of options an individual can pursue to complete the required 150
hours. Below is a basic reference guide that captures the different ways
to meet the 150-hour requirement, and to whom each option may be
best suited.
Options
Possibilities
Suited for
those who:
Highlights
B.S.+
Random Courses
Need AC/TX/Other
Business Credits
Don't want a
designation
Credits as needed
Can be taken at
different schools
No degree/certificate
B.S.+
Certificate Program
(in Accounting)
Need AC/TX credits
Want a designation
(CACT)
Cohesive plan of study
in accounting
Take at one school
Post-B.S. Certificate
M.S.
Master of Science
(in Acct or Tax)
Need AC/TX credits
Want a specialist
degree
30 credits
Most courses = AC/TX
Graduate Degree
MBA
Master of Business
Administration*
(concentration in
Acct, Tax, or AIS)
Need AC/TX/Other
Business
Need AC/TX credits
Want a generalist
degree
36-64 credits
Courses=breadth +
concentration in AC/TX,
or AIS
Graduate Degree
CAS
Certificate for
Advanced Study (in
Acct, Tax, or AIS)
Have MS degree and
background in
AC/TX/Other Business
Need AC/TX credits
Want a post-grad
designation
15 credits
Courses = AC/TX, or
AIS
Post-Graduate
Certificate
*Note: Normally you cannot get two MBA degrees, although dual concentrations
are possible.