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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, preparation and the application process.
Visit the Illinois CPA Society's Exam Resources and click on the CPA Exam FAQ Brochure for the most clear, up-to-date guide on the exam application process.
DePaul offers four CPA exam prep classes—one for each part of the exam:
These courses are taught by DePaul instructors, who lead students through CPA test prep materials. Credit for these courses counts toward the required 225 quarter credit hour (i.e., 150 semester credit hour) requirement to sit for the CPA exam.
Please note that the credit for these courses does not apply toward the accounting curriculum-related credits needed to sit for the exam. These courses are not eligible for financial aid. However, they are offered at a discounted rate of $650 per course, which includes all course materials.
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.
IL Board of Examiners to begin the application process. This also includes a credentials evaluation for current students to know exactly how many credits and courses they have remaining to meet the educational requirements. DePaul does not evaluate transcripts. The Board of Examiners evaluates and approves candidates to sit for the CPA exam.
IL CPA Society is the state association of accounting professionals, educators and students. It offers many resources for your education, understanding the exam, continuing education, and a network for CPA and accounting professionals.
This Way to CPAis the website by the AICPA devoted to students and candidates preparing for the CPA Exam. The
AICPA is the association that approves and writes the content of the CPA exam. It provides the most up-to-date information of the CPA exam format and structure. It also provides membership to a national network of professionals and resources.>
NASBA is the national association that coordinates various state boards of accountancy and transferring credits or licensure between states. Illinois handles its own process through the Board of Examiners but students may find this useful in the future.
FAQs: 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?
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 toward 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.