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Accounting Professional Resources

Certifications

Certification by a national organization validates your educational experience at PSU and communicates to prospective employers that you are career-oriented. Accounting professionals are fortunate to have a number of certification programs available.

PSU accounting majors are encouraged to pursue one or more of the following certification programs:

Certification For More Information
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) http://www.CPA-exam.org
Certified Management Accountant (CMA) http://www.imanet.org
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) http://www.theiia.org
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) http://www.acfe.com/
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) http://www.isaca.org

The BBA with a Major in Accounting provides a foundation for the pursuit of professional certification.  Graduates holding the BBA with a Major in Accounting are eligible to sit for all of the above certifications except the CPA exam.

The BBA with a Major in Accounting is designed to meet the specific course requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Kansas (see below), but does not fulfill the 150-hour requirement.  The 150-hour requirement may be met in a number of ways, including completing the MBA with a Concentration in Accounting.

CPA Exam Requirements in the State of Kansas

To sit for the CPA exam in Kansas, candidates must meet (1) educational requirements and (2) the residency requirement. For additional information on sitting for the CPA Exam in Kansas, go to the website for the Kansas Board of Accountancy: http://www.ksboa.org

(1)  Educational Requirements

For a pre-evaluation of your college transcripts to determine eligibility to sit for the CPA Exam as a Kansas candidate, access this link: http://www.ksboa.org/pdf/PRE-EVALUATION%20INSTRUCTIONS.pdf Examination candidate must have completed 150 semester hours and hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a Board-recognized college or university in post-secondary education to include:

At Least 42 Semester Credit Hours in Business and General Education Including

Specific Course Requirement PSU Course*

Hours

Micro-, Macro-, and One Upper Division Economics Elective: ECON 200 3
  ECON 201 3
  ECON > 300 3
Two courses in legal aspects of business: MGMKT444 3
  ACCTG585 3
College Algebra (or higher level math course) MATH113 3
Statistics and Probability Theory MGMKT320 3
Computer Systems and Applications CSIS130 3
Finance ECON326 3
Management and Administration MGMKT327 3
Marketing MGMKT330 3
Production, Operations, or Business Quantitative Analysis MGMKT626 3
Other Business or General Education Courses   6
Total   42

At Least 11 Semester Credit Hours in Written and Oral Communications

Example Courses PSU Course*

Hours

English Composition I ENGL101 3
English Composition II ENGL299 3
Speech Communication COMM207 3
Any Two PSU Writing-to-Learn (WL) Courses ** 2 WL Courses 2
Total   11

At Least 30 Semester Credit Hours in Accounting Theory and Practice Including

Specific Course Requirement PSU Course*

Hours

Financial Accounting ACCTG201 3
  ACCTG318 3
  ACCTG410 3
Managerial Accounting Beyond ACCTG202 ACCTG315 3
Auditing ACCTG422 3
Taxation ACCTG416 3
Accounting Information Systems ACCTG420 3
Additional Accounting Courses Excluding ACCTG 202 & 585 ACCTGXXX 9
Total   30

* These are PSU courses required for students pursuing a BBA with a Major in Accounting.  These same courses are also required for those pursuing an MBA with a Concentration in Accounting (which incorporates the business and accounting undergraduate foundation courses).  Other equivalent courses may also satisfy the educational requirements.  The determination of course equivalencies rests with the Kansas State Board of Accountancy.

** The Kansas State Board of Accountancy will apply two semester hours credit towards the 11 hour written and oral communication requirement if a student has completed two, three-hour writing-to-learn courses at PSU.  Students transferring to PSU who are not required to complete writing-to-learn courses must complete an additional three-hour course in written and oral communications.  The PSU Department of Accounting recommends ENGL301 Technical/Professional Writing for these students.

Candidates with foreign educational credentials must have credentials evaluated by any member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (www.naces.org).  The evaluation of a foreign transcript must be a course-by-course comparison to Kansas requirements.

Educational requirements must be met at the time of application to sit for the CPA exam.

(2)  Residency Requirement

To be eligible for the initial or complete re-examination in Kansas, a candidate must be a resident or have a place of business in, or be employed full-time in a public accounting firm in Kansas.  The board may require satisfactory proof that the candidate meets this requirement.

For more information visit the Kansas State Board of Accountancy web site (www.ksboa.org) or the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy web site (www.nasba.org).

Accounting Organizations and Useful Links

Accounting Education.com http://www.accountingeducation.com
Accounting Majors.com http://accountingmajors.com
American Accounting Association http://www.aaahq.org
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants http://www.aicpa.org
American Society of Women Accountants http://www.aswa.org
Ethicsweb.ca http://www.ethicsweb.ca
Federation of Schools of Accountancy  http://www.thefsa.org
Financial Accounting Standards Board http://www.fasb.org
Financial Executives Institute http://www.fei.org
Governmental Accounting Standards Board http://www.gasb.org/
International Accounting Standards Board http://www.iasb.org.uk
International Federation of Accountants http://www.ifac.org
Financial Planning Association  http://www.fpanet.org/
Institute of Internal Auditors http://www.theiia.org
Institute of Management Accountants http://www.imanet.org/
Internal Revenue Service http://www.irs.gov
Journal of Accountancy http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/
Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants http://www.KSCPA.org
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy http://www.nasba.org
National Association of Black Accountants http://www.nabainc.org
Public Company Accounting Oversight Board http://www.pcaobus.org
Start Here, Go Places http://www.startheregoplaces.com
The CPA Journal http://www.cpajournal.com
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission http://www.sec.gov/about.shtml