Professional Certifications

While the CPA is the most common accounting certification, accounting majors have the opportunity to get certified in other areas related to their field and expertise.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

A CMA is for those who would prefer to work with employers more so than with the public. The exam is four parts and educational as well as practical experience requirements must be met. The exam ensures that an individual is proficient in business analysis, management accounting and reporting, strategic management and business applications.

Learn how to become a CMA.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

With a CFE designation, an individual sets his or herself apart as an expert in the anti-fraud field. Passing the exam proves that an individual excels in fraud prevention, detection, deterrence and investigation.

Learn more about becoming a CFE.

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The CIA designation is the only globally accepted certificate in internal auditing. In order to qualify for the program to achieve the certificate, an individual must hold a bachelor's degree and work 24 consecutive months in an internal auditing field.

Learn how to become a CIA.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

If you desire to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), the state of Maryland requires 120 credit hours of higher education to sit for the CPA examination and 150 credits hours to receive the license. This will normally exceed the number of credit hours required to earn a bachelor's degree. Most other states have a similar requirement. You can begin working for a CPA firm upon receiving your bachelor's degree, take the CPA Exam, and subsequently earn any additional credit hours needed for the 150 credit hour requirement. You can take undergraduate or graduate courses in order to fulfill this requirement. You can fast track your way to the CPA exam and maximize your earning potential by completing the combined B.S./M.S. in accounting.

See the Maryland CPA regulations.