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The DePaul curriculum fully prepares you for the content that is tested on the CPA exam. The following sections provide you with information on CPA eligibility, exam content and the application process.
This video walks you through the information on this section and includes advice on course planning to become CPA eligible.
Note: This is general advising only. The Illinois Board of Examiners maintains the final determination of exam eligibility for all CPA candidates.
What are the Illinois educational requirements?
What are my options for earning the additional credits needed to reach 225?
How do I view my credits earned?
Can someone at DePaul review my transcripts?
What if I had transfer classes that didn’t count at DePaul?
What kind of community college classes can I take?
Can I still take classes outside DePaul past my junior year?
What do I need to do now during my undergrad to prepare for the CPA exam?
What do I need to apply to the exam?
When should I start studying for the CPA exam?
Does DePaul have a CPA Review program?
What is the process for applying to the CPA exam?
Have more questions that are not answered here or by the Illinois Board of Examiners or Illinois CPA Society?
Many accounting students pursue the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program. This builds CPA credit and prepares students to advance their career competitively and at an affordable cost.
The video walks you through the programs, including their benefits, courses, and admission.
Visit the Illinois CPA Society's Exam Resources and click on the FAQ Brochure for the most clear, up-to-date guide on the exam application process.
The video below walks you through highlights about the application process, including tips and advice.
Note: This is general advisig only. The Illinois Board of Examiners maintains the final application process for all CPA candidates.
DePaul's curriculum is designed to help you succeed on the CPA exam. This chart helps you to visualize how your accounting courses align with the sections of the CPA exam.
Visit the AICPA CPA Exam Blueprints for specific information on what’s tested on the CPA exam.
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.
150 Semester Credits Hours or 225 Quarter Credit Hours
Baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited school
Degree earned from an accredited school:
Graduate degree in accounting*
Graduate degree in business*
A bachelor's degree in any field or a graduate degree in a discipline other than accounting or business
*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.