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- What are the educational requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam in Texas?
- What accounting courses offered at UTD are approved to count toward the 30 hours as prescribed in 3) above?
- Can I take all of my upper-level accounting courses online?
- I see that some courses are offered at the undergraduate and graduate level. Can I take both the graduate and undergraduate version of the same class and have them both count towards the 30 hour requirement?
- What courses are recommended to help prepare for each part of the Uniform CPA exam?
- Can internship credit count toward the 30 hours of approved accounting coursework?
- Do all business courses count to meet the 24 hours needed as prescribed in requirement 4) above?
- Required Communication Coursework:
- The last requirement prescribed above states that I need to take a three hour accounting ethics course. Does UTD offer this course?
- What if I have additional questions about the CPA exam qualifications?
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- Is the ethics class considered part of the 30 hours of upper-level accounting?
In order to sit for the CPA exam in the state of Texas, you must meet the educational requirements as prescribed by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. These requirements state you must meet the following requirements: 1) hold a bachelors degree, 2) have 150 hours of total college credit, 3) have 30 hours of approved upper-level accounting course credit, 4) have 24 hours of approved business course credit, and 5) have 3 hours of approved accounting ethics credit.
*Candidates are encouraged to visit http://www.tsbpa.state.tx.us for complete details.
Currently, the following courses are on UTD’s approved list:
|ACCT 3322 Integrated Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 3331 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACCT 3332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
(course previously numbered as ACCT 4332)
ACCT 3341 Cost Management Systems
ACCT 3350 Fundamentals of Taxation
ACCT 4334 Auditing
ACCT 4336 Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 4337 Business Valuation
ACCT 4342 Analysis and Design of Accounting Systems
|ACCT 6330 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACCT 6332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCT 6334 Auditing
ACCT 6336 Information Technology Risk Management
ACCT 6337 Data Management
ACCT 6338 Accounting System Integration and Configuration
ACCT 6341 Planning, Control and Performance Evaluations
ACCT 6342 Strategic Cost Management
ACCT 6343 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 6345 Business Valuation
ACCT 6350 Fundamentals of Taxation I
ACCT 6353 Fundamentals of Taxation II
ACCT 6351 Individual Taxation
ACCT 6352 Corporate Taxation
ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation
ACCT 6356 Tax Research
ACCT 6362 International Accounting
ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACCT 6377 Corporate Governance and Accounting
ACCT 6380 Internal Audit
ACCT 6382 Advanced Auditing
ACCT 6383 Fraud Examination
ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software
ACCT 6385 Accounting System Integration and Configuration
ACCT 6386 Governance, Risk Management and Compliance
Accounting Research and Analysis: As part of the 30 hours of accounting coursework needed, two semester hours are required in accounting research and analysis. The semester hours may be included in the 30 hour accounting requirement. Both of the following courses must be taken to meet the board’s requirements for an integrated approach in accounting research and analysis.
ACCT 4334/6334 Auditing
No, the Board mandates that at least 15 of these hours must be taken in classes meeting regularly on the campus.
No, the Board states that credit will not be given for repeated courses or coursework.
While all ACCT courses will help to varying degrees with the four parts of the CPA exam, some suggested courses are listed below (list not all-inclusive):
|Financial Accounting & Reporting||ACCT 3331 (UG), ACCT 3332 (UG), ACCT 6330 (GR), ACCT 6332 (GR), ACCT 6333 (GR), ACCT 6365 (GR)|
|Auditing and Attestation||ACCT 4334 (UG), ACCT 6334, (GR), ACCT 6335 (GR)|
|Regulation||ACCT 3350 (UG), ACCT 6350, (GR), ACCT 6355 (GR), ACCT 6370 (GR), ACCT 6335 (GR)|
|Business Environment and Concepts||ACCT 3341 (UG), ACCT 4342 (UG), ACCT 4336 (UG), ACCT 6341 (GR), ACCT 6343 (GR), ACCT 6344 (GR)|
For more information about the material tested in each part of the Uniform CPA examination, please visit the AICPA (American Institute of Public Accountancy, Becoming a CPA. (www.aicpa.org)
Yes, a 3-hour internship course may be used for approved accounting credit. The internship must be taken after 12 semester hours of upper division coursework is completed. All internships must be approved by ACCT faculty member, Art Agulnek, (email@example.com, 972-883-4773, office 4.222) in advance.
No. The board states that all related business courses taken must be upper division courses (except statistics and economics courses, in which any level may be used). In addition, no more than 6 hours may be taken in any subject area. The approved business subject areas are business law, economics, management, marketing, business communications, statistics, technical writing, finance and information systems or technology.
As part of the 24 hours of business coursework needed, two hours of either accounting communications or business communications will be required. The following course(s) meet the Board’s requirements for a discrete (stand-alone) course in accounting communications or business communications:
ACCT 3311 – Business Communications OR
ACCT 6203 – Professional Accounting Communications
Yes, ACCT 6335-Ethics for Professional Accountants meets the board definition of an ethics course. It can be taken in class or online.
You should contact the Board directly with additional questions. Its website is www.tsbpa.state.tx.us or phone is (512) 305-7870.
For additional information about UT Dallas’ courses or programs contact one of the ACCT faculty members or schedule a CPA appointment online by visiting GenBook.
No, the ethics requirement is a separate requirement in addition to the 30 hours of upper-level accounting.