Thank you for your question. To start, you need to obtain an accounting degree from an accredited college or university. Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's and master's degree programs for accounting. Currently, more than 40 states have adopted what is known as the 150-hour requirement, which is the number of semester hours needed in order for you to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination.
To earn 150 semester hours of education, you do not necessarily have to get a master's degree. You can meet the requirement at the undergraduate level or get a bachelor's degree and take some courses at the graduate level. You can also choose any of the following:
· Combine an undergraduate accounting degree with a master's degree at the same school or at a different one;
· Combine an undergraduate degree in some other discipline with a master's in accounting or an MBA with a concentration in accounting;
· Enroll in an integrated five-year professional accounting school or program leading to a master's degree in accounting.
To learn more specific information about what it will take to become a CPA in your preferred state, contact your local state CPA society.