The State of Washington requires that people who want to take the CPA examination have completed 5 years of post-secondary education.
The specific requirements are:
DOES THIS MEAN A MASTERS DEGREE IN ADDITION TO A BACHELORS DEGREE?
Not necessarily. There are several ways to satisfy the 5th year requirement. The Accounting Department at Eastern Washington University has a variety of programs that can help you obtain your goal of qualifying to take the CPA examination. Match yourself with one of the following categories and see some of the different paths that enable you to meet the 5th year requirement.
STUDENT JUST GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH NO PRIOR COLLEGE-LEVEL CREDITS
Complete a bachelors degree in accounting plus a masters degree at EWU (total time 5 years).
STUDENT WITH PRIOR COLLEGE LEVEL CREDITS BUT NO BACHELORS DEGREE
Finish a bachelors degree in accounting at EWU plus additional courses at undergraduate level to total 225 total credits. If you have taken more than 90 credits at the community college, those additional credits count toward the 225 hour requirement even though EWU does not count them toward the 180 hours required to obtain a bachelors degree:
Finish a bachelors degree in accounting plus a Masters in Business Administration at EWU.
STUDENT WITH A BACHELORS DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING
Take enough additional undergraduate hours to reach 225;
Complete a Masters in Business Administration at EWU.
STUDENT WITH A BACHELORS DEGREE IN BUSINESS
Take accounting classes to meet the 36 hour requirement plus additional undergraduate classes to meet the 225 hour requirement;
Take accounting classes to obtain a second bachelors degree with a major in accounting (plus additional hours if necessary to meet the 225 hour requirement
STUDENT WITH BACHELORS DEGREE (OR MASTERS DEGREE) NOT IN BUSINESS
Take business and accounting classes to meet the two 36 hour requirements
WORKING FULL-TIME AND CANNOT GO TO SCHOOL DURING THE DAY?
No problem. EWU offers programs to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students. The undergraduate accounting major is offered in Spokane as an evening program. The Masters in Business Administration degree is offered in Spokane as an evening night program.
DIDN'T SEE A CATEGORY THAT SEEMED TO FIT YOUR BACKGROUND? OR MAYBE YOU FIT ONE OF THE CATEGORIES BUT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHETHER THERE ARE MORE AVENUES
That's OK, there just isn't space to list all the options here. Give us the opportunity to meet with you to examine additional paths. Please contact one of our Undergraduate Business Advisor at 509.359.6277 or 509.828.1249.
Requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination vary from state to state. Experience requirements for the certificate also vary from state to state. Therefore, students must obtain current information from the Board of Accountancy within the state from which they seek licensure. To contact the Washington State Board of Accountancy, write to: 210 East Union, Suite H. EP-21, Olympia, Washington 98504 or call 360.753.2585.
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