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Preparing you for your career in four years, not five

Save a year of tuition and start your career sooner.

Boards of Accountancy in all U. S. states and territories now require 150 hours of college credit to become a certified public accountant (CPA).

At most schools, you need five years and a master's degree to fulfill the 150-hour requirement. But our innovative program lets you save a year of tuition and start your career sooner. The curriculum features active learning methods, real-world internships and advising by professors with both academic and professional credentials.

Emily Murawa ‘14

Audit Associate, KPMG LLP, Harrisburg, Pa.

Susquehanna's curriculum, although designed to be completed in four years, allowed me to accelerate my college career. I met the 150 hours in three-and-a-half years instead of five. Most topics on the CPA exam were addressed in the core and elective accounting classes I took. There are multiple accounting electives, which is unique since many of my coworkers did not have such variety at their respective universities.

What are your placements like?

Excellent. Many students return from their summer internship between junior and senior year with an offer in hand. Most are typically placed by the end of fall semester their senior year.

The majority of accounting majors go to Big-4 or large regional accounting firms; others, to large corporations. Many of these positions begin the fall after graduation, as firms get ready for their busy season. Typically 100 percent of our accounting majors have jobs upon graduation.

Are there other advantages to completing the 150-hour option?

You can pursue a master's degree after you have work experience and are more certain of your future interests. Master's degrees serve different purposes, and your career may go in a direction you don't currently anticipate. By waiting, you can choose the right master's for you. And you learn more from a master's program when you have work experience.

Do accounting majors have time for international experience?

Absolutely! Through our GO (Global Opportunities) program, students fulfill the university's cross-cultural requirement, which can include study abroad. The Sigmund Weis School of Business operates our own London program, and our Office of Cross-Cultural Programs has information on dozens of other options. We also place students in international internships, which may include a stipend supported by the Stein Fellowships.

Can I practice in a state other than Pennsylvania?

Yes. We routinely place students throughout the country. The rules differ somewhat from state to state; still, our standard program fulfills the requirements nearly everywhere. We address unusual requirements using the Accounting Topics course and independent study. Find the exact requirements of the location where you plan to practice online. Check this easy website, where you can click on the state or territory. Then work with your faculty advisor to choose the classes that will help you achieve your objective.

Cameron Dougherty ’14

Recruiters were shocked that I completed the 150-hour requirement in four years, but also spent one of those semesters studying abroad as part of the GO [Global Opportunities] program. I began studying for the exam a few weeks after graduation, took the four parts in the summer, and had already passed each section when I began working at Deloitte in September. Now I can focus on my performance at work without worrying about studying. Cameron is now an Audit Assistant at Deloitte in Philadelphia, Pa.