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CPA and Other Certifications

The undergraduate accounting program starts you on the right path to complete specific requirements of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. Additional graduate work is required in order to fulfill NYS CPA exam requirements. Students who complete the 24-credit hour minimum at the BS level will need to complete at least nine credit-hours of graduate accounting courses in order to meet the requirements to sit for the exam. Students completing 30 undergraduate-level accounting credit-hours may only need one graduate accounting course to meet NYS CPA rules.

While the CPA license is not required to work in the field of accounting it is highly recommended for students to pursue it. Learn more by exploring more information about becoming a CPA, CPA Requirements, the CPA Exam, and other certifications.

Excellence in CPA Exam Results

Saunders accounting programs prepare students for success, as demonstrated by CPA Exam passing rates for Saunders College students that are consistently far above passing rates overall and for all New York State candidates.

Average Pass Rates for CPA Exam

Year

Saunders

New York

Nationally

2015

64.7

45.3

49.8

2014

59.1

49.0

49.5

2013

66.7

45.8

49.4

2012

61.5

47.9

48.9