CPA Exam Qualification Lower-Level Certificate

The state of Maryland requires candidates for the CPA examination to have completed 150 college-level credits and obtained a bachelor’s degree in any area of study. As part of the 150 credit requirement, candidates must have completed specific business, accounting, ethics, and communication courses.

This certificate is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree in majors other than accounting who are attempting to sit for the CPA exam. The Lower-Level CPA Exam Qualification Certificate includes all required coursework to sit for the CPA exam.

Students who meet the requirements for the CPA examination and subsequently pass this exam will be in a position to receive the most prestigious jobs in the field of accounting.

Employment/Career Potential

According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for CPA's is expected to increase 11% through 2024. Furthermore, data from the state of Maryland’s Job Outlook: 2004 – 2014 projects employment for accountants and auditors in the Susquehanna workforce area to grow at a rate of 64.5 percent, the fourth highest growth rate of occupations in the area.


Accounting classes are taught in several Bel Air Hall classrooms.

Contact Information

Prof. James Baker

Advising, Career, and Transfer Services

Maryland Board of Public Accountancy