Skip to main content
Leavey School of Business Santa Clara University
Department ofAccounting

CPA Information

There are educational requirements which must be met if you want to become a licensed CPA.

These requirements include both courses in specific subject areas and a minimum number of units of education at a college or university. Santa Clara Accounting and A&IS majors are typically able to meet these requirements with our 4 year program. Careful course planning is essential and we encourage students who are considering Accounting or A&IS majors to familiarize themselves with the resources listed below. If you wish to become licensed in a state other than California, you will need to check with the Board of Accountancy in the state, as licensure requirements differ.


To be eligible to become a licensed CPA, you'll need:

  • 225 total quarter units from any accredited college or university
  • 45 units of Accounting, 57 units of Business, and Accounting-related coursework
  • 15 units in Ethics Study, including a course specifically covering Accounting Ethics or Accountants' Professional Responsibilities