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[Apr. 17th, 2010|08:38 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

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Hi accounting people! I am interested in going back to school and getting a degree in Accounting, however I already have a BA (in history, and I didn't take any accounting classes.) I have seen grad programs that don't require a BA in Accounting, but would I be better served getting the second BA, which would presumably take me only 2 years or so?
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[User Picture]From: seaofsin
2010-04-18 01:46 am (UTC)
I already had a BS in Engineering Technolgy when I went back and got a BBA in Accounting. It only took me two years going at night part time. I also passed the CPA exam last year and became licensed earlier this year.

Depending on the state a Master's may or may not be required to sit for the CPA exam. Most states just require 150 credit hours with a certain number of hours in different subjects like accounting, business law, etc. If you have two degrees, you'll most likely have the 150 hours covered.
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[User Picture]From: buckeyeschild
2010-04-18 02:02 am (UTC)
I was coming here to say the same thing. Most states just require the 150 and the requisite accounting classes. No masters necessary; that's just the typical route most take to get their 150.
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[User Picture]From: ranger34
2010-04-18 11:23 am (UTC)
I would say it depends on whether or not you plan to sit for the CPA exam (and of course the requirements of your school/State). I have a BA in Political Science. Several years after graduating, I decided I wanted to become a CPA. I took all the necessary courses (undergrad) to sit for the exam without getting a second degree. I am now a CPA and that speaks for itself. I have no qualms about the path I chose in getting my license. It has all worked out. Good luck!
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