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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

If you have any more questions, check out our Accounting Group Advising 2017 PowerPoint or email and ask for an Accounting Peer Advisor.