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Mr. Larry Falcetto
Associate Professor of Accounting
Interim Chair
Emporia State University
620-341-5345
lfalcett@emporia.edu

CPA Exam Requirements

An applicant for admission to the initial examination must have successfully completed course work consisting of at least 150 semester hours, with a concentration in accounting, at a college or university recognized by the board and that the applicant is the holder of a baccalaureate or higher academic degree. 

The "concentration in accounting" required to qualify for admission to the certified public accountant examination shall be as follows: 

(1)

At least 42 semester credit hours in business and general education courses including: 
  A. macro- and micro-economics plus one upper-division economics course; 
  B. At least two courses in legal aspects of business or
business law;
  C. college algebra or higher level course;
  D. statistics and probability theory; 
  E. computer systems and applications; 
  F. finance;
  G. management and administration; 
  H. marketing; and 
  I. production, operations research, or applications of quantitative techniques to business problems. 
(2) At least 11 semester credit hours in written and oral communications. 
(3) At least 30 semester credit hours in accounting theory and practice including: 
  A. financial accounting;
  B. managerial accounting beyond an introductory course;
  C. auditing; 
  D. income tax; and
  E. accounting systems beyond an introductory computer course.