CPA Preparation

Anyone seeking CPA certification from the State of Michigan must obtain a minimum of 150 semester hours of college-level education. The requirement for most bachelor degrees is 120 semester hours, leaving 30 semester hours of additional course work.

Just three more semester hours - a total of 33 - is all you need to earn a master's degree from the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. So why not fulfill your professional obligations and realize the benefits of an advanced degree at the same time? You'll undoubtedly be more successful in your current position, command a higher salary, and make yourself more attractive to potential employers.

Even if completing a master's degree doesn't fit into your current plans, it makes sense to take the additional credits at the graduate level. The credits you earn now can save time later, should you decide to pursue a graduate degree at some future date.

Our accounting-oriented graduate degree programs are structured to meet your needs - your interests, your schedule, your ambitions. Each program incorporates electives to accommodate specific academic concentrations and to facilitate a change in degree if you decide to take a different path. All programs have prestigious AACSB accreditation.

The first two programs are designed specifically for candidates who are also seeking to comply with the State of Michigan Administrative Rule stating that the 150-hour requirement for CPA certification can be met by "a graduate degree in accounting or a master of business administration degree which includes not less than 12 semester hours of graduate level accounting courses." For more information, see CPA Requirements.

Classes are offered in the evenings for busy professionals. MSA classes are offered afternoons and evenings. If you are able to commit to full-time study, you can accelerate your schedule.

For more information, contact:
The Seidman Graduate Office (616) 331-7400

Page last modified January 15, 2014