Nov 26, 2020  
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 
    
2015 - 2016 CNM Catalog, Volume 48.1 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Academic Requirements, Post Degree Certificate of Completion


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School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)

Description

The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Academic Requirements, Certificate of Completion provides 30 credit hours in accounting plus 3 credit hours in Business Law which are needed as a portion of the qualifications to take the CPA exam. This program is design to provide you with the academic requirements needed to comply with a portion of the qualifications required to take the CPA exam. Satisfactory completion of the coursework does not guarantee passing that exam.

Other requirements, which are set by the State Board of Accountancy, include a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with at least 150 semester hours, which includes the 30 hours of accounting/law.  Additional information about licensing requirements for the CPA can be obtained from the New Mexico State Board of Accountancy at (505) 841-9108. All of the courses included may also be applied toward an associate of applied science degree in Accounting or an Accounting or Bookkeeping certificate of completion.

Educational Option Information

This educational option can be completed:

  • Part-Time or Full-Time

This educational option can be started:

  • Any term

Primary course location:

  • Main campus, Montoya campus, and many courses are online

Are there any special requirements for this educational option?

  • Students are required to have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university to pursue this certificate.
  • One of the qualifications required to take the CPA exam is to be fingerprinted to establish positive identification for a state and federal criminal history background check.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career and Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

  • All of the courses included in the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Academic Requirements, Post Degree Certificate of Completion option may also be applied toward an associate of applied science degree in Accounting or an Accounting or Bookkeeping certificate of completion.
  • Note: Satisfactory completion of the coursework does not guarantee passing that exam.
  • Additional information about licensing requirements for the CPA can be obtained from the New Mexico State Board of Accountancy at (505) 841-9108.

Career Opportunities

  • Most businesses, governmental and non-profit organizations employ certified public accountants.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics Job Outlook Handbook predicts that both full- and part-time employment for persons with accounting education are expected to grow faster than average.

Recommended Sequence of Courses


Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Departmental Approval

Certificate of Completion in Certified Public Accountant Academic Requirements 33 credit hours


Program Approved Electives


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