Earning a CPA

The M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services is geared toward students who want to sit for the CPA exam while learning the necessary skills to pursue various careers in accounting. Students gain knowledge to prepare for the CPA and are able to take advantage of innovative career programming.

CPA Guidelines in Maryland

Most entry-level professional accounting positions require only a bachelor's degree. However, 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.

See the Maryland CPA Exam and Education Requirements.

CPA Exam Preparation Resources


Towson University partners with Becker Professional Education to offer a Fast Pass CPA course at Towson during the summer. 


The Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA) is a professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of CPAs and CPA-seekers in the state. The group offers a variety of resources for students and CPA candidates to learn about the profession, network with professionals, and find scholarships and internships. MACPA also frequently participates in events at TU and CBE including the annual Accounting Open House.


National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
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