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Illinois Board of Examiners: The
Board of Examiners is the state board of accountancy that evaluates and approves all candidates to sit for the exam.
Illinois CPA Society: The Illinois CPA Society is a statewide professional membership organization comprised of students, educators and CPA professionals. ICPAS provides extensive resources for students and the general public.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants: The AICPA is the national association for all accounting practitioners and sets the standards, content and questions that are tested on the exam.
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy: NASBA is the national association which oversees the relationships between state boards of accountancy throughout the United States.
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation: The IDFPR is the state agency that oversees the certification of CPAs in Illinois. Visit Public Accounting for information on licensure.
Illinois CPA Exam Educational Requirements
Effective July 1, 2013
All semester credit hours (SCH) stated below are at the undergraduate level. Any credits earned in excess of maximums stated count towards the 150-hour requirement.
*Graduate students who wish to take the CPA exam prior to graduation are treated as undergraduate candidates and must meet the undergraduate educational requirements listed above.
To convert semester hours to quarter hours, multiply the semester hours by 1.5. For example, 30 semester hours in accounting is equal to 45 quarter hours in accounting.
CPA candidates should be applying to the state in the U.S. in which they intend to practice as an accountant. Most DePaul students apply to take the CPA exam as an Illinois candidate. If you plan to practice in another state, you should contact that state's board of accountancy. Information on the state boards of accountancy can be obtained at this link:
Please note: Students are not advised to apply to take the CPA exam with states that have fewer/lower requirements than Illinois. Students would not be able to transfer their CPA credentials back to Illinois if they do not meet the Illinois education requirements at the time that they take the CPA exam.
ONLY the Illinois Board of Examiners reviews and approves courses that meet the education requirements for Illinois CPA candidates. No personnel at DePaul are authorized to act on behalf of the Illinois Board of Examiners. Thus, only the Illinois Board of Examiners can give a definitive answer regarding whether a student's coursework meets the Illinois CPA candidate educational requirements.
To facilitate the process of determining how accounting programs meet the educational requirements for Illinois candidates, the Illinois Board of Examiners has universities complete a template for their review and approval. The Illinois Board of Examiners has approved templates located on their website for these DePaul programs:
DePaul accounting undergraduate degree template
DePaul MSA Program template
DePaul MBA Program template
For DePaul MACC and MST students, no templates have been developed since MACC and MST students have earned their undergraduate accounting degrees from universities across the U.S. or outside of the U.S. As a result, it is not possible to provide specific guidance that applies to all MACC or all MST students. However, this overall guidance is appropriate:
Below are DePaul classes which correspond to each of the sections of the CPA exam. This is an informal advising guide only. The Board of Examiners evaluates all candidates for exam eligibility.
Multiple CPA Exam Workshops are held by Dr. Elizabeth A. Murphy, Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy & MIS. These workshops are held during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters each academic year. Both undergraduate and graduate accounting students are notified about these workshops and should follow the instructions on how to register, when notified.
Please note that there is no charge to attend this workshop; in addition, students in introductory accounting courses can use this workshop to meet their Career Passport class requirement.Students attend these workshops to learn about the specifics of the Illinois educational requirements for CPA candidates in Illinois and to learn about the options for meeting these education requirements, to learn about the content of the CPA exam, and to learn about the application process for CPA exam candidates. It is critical for undergraduate and graduate students to attend a CPA exam workshop EARLY in their academic career so that they can properly plan their coursework. In addition, undergraduate students interviewing for internships in their sophomore year that are done in their junior year are expected to document on their resume when they will be "CPA Eligible," which means estimating the timing of when you will meet the Illinois education requirements. Thus, undergraduate students should attend this workshop as a freshmen. These workshops are 1.5 hours long, allowing time for students to ask questions specific to their needs, which often apply to many other students attending the workshop with them. Students are also welcome to attend this workshop as many times as they wish. Many students attend this workshop early in their academic career to understand the Illinois educational requirements, and they attend again when they get closer to actually taking the CPA exam so that they have the latest information on the CPA Exam content and the CPA exam application process in Illinois.