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Professional Licensure

BS/BA in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis

Business Administration Professional Licensure

CPA Licensure

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) offers 124 credit units, which allows graduates to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam in California. However, the state boards of accountancy require students to complete 150 academic credit units to be eligible to become a licensed CPA. For a full list of California CPA licensure requirements, please visit This Way to CPA, California. Individual states may also have additional educational and/or non-educational requirements. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must review the lists below to determine whether this program meets the educational requirements in a specific state. Contact the Business department at busadmin@msmu.edu to discuss the process of obtaining a CPA license in any particular state. For a general overview of CPA licensing requirements by state and territory, students may contact an individual state board of accountancy or visit This Way to CPA, state requirements.

States for which MSMU’s BS/BA in Business Administration MEETS the educational requirements for licensure or certification
States for which MSMU’s BS/BA in Business Administration DOES NOT MEET the educational requirements for licensure or certification
States for which MSMU HAS NOT YET DETERMINED whether the BS/BA in Business Administration program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification
American Samoa

Other Important Notes

American Samoa: doesn’t appear to a Board of Accountancy and seems like the CPA licensure process is administered by the Governor’s Office – Additional research is pending/Will update soon.

General Note: The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration, at Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) offers 124 credit units, which allows graduates to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam in California. However, the state boards of accountancy require students to complete 150 academic credit units to be eligible to become a licensed CPA.

Categorization Criteria

  1. States where BS/BA in Business Administration MEETS educational requirements:
    • Curriculum requirements (including internship/practicum/experience hours required to graduate) must meet all requirements mandated by the State
  2. States where BS/BA in Business Administration DOES NOT MEET educational requirements
    • Curriculum requirements do not match up with requirements mandated by the State
  3. States where BS/BA in Business Administration has not made a determination
    • Research is still in progress