Program Overview:

Online CPA Exam Preparation Program

Students who wish to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois and other states can meet their accounting course requirements by completing the CPA Preparation certificate. This program consists of 12 units (equivalent to 30 semester hours) to meet the requirements of the new CPA requirements that were implemented in July 2013. All courses are taught by CPAs who have extensive teaching and professional experience. For information on becoming an accountant and meeting CPA requirements, please see information for the Illinois CPA examination or for CPA exams in other states.

Program Goals

CPA Preparation post-baccalaureate certificate students will: 

  • Fulfill the requirements of the CPA exam
  • Analyze and synthesize complex financial information to make recommendations for action
  • Integrate accounting knowledge with business knowledge to make informed decisions
  • Prepare financial documents that meet regulatory requirements as well as the needs of business clients or owners
  • Demonstrate accounting knowledge through clear written and oral presentations, which consider the needs of the audience
  • Use research methods to resolve accounting issues, making use of authoritative documents and online databases

Required Courses

Required courses:

  • ACCOUNT 201 Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCOUNT 202 Intro to Managerial Accounting
  • ACCOUNT 208 Income Tax I
  • ACCOUNT 210 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCOUNT 211 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCOUNT 308 Income Tax II
  • ACCOUNT 310 Cost Accounting
  • ACCOUNT 350 Auditing Principles and Procedures
  • ACCOUNT 360 Auditing Principles & Procedures II
  • ACCOUNT 390 Topics: Research & Communication
  • ACCOUNT 390 Topics: Forensic Accounting
  • ACCOUNT 390 Topics: International Accounting


Other accounting courses offered in SPS may be substituted. Students are advised to check the requirements for the state in which they plan to sit for the CPA exam.


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Additional Information

Along with 30 semester hours of accounting courses, students also need at least 24 semester hours of business credit. For business study opportunities, please see the post-baccalaureate course schedule.