Do I need an accounting degree to sit for CPA in IL?

May 31, 2012
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I have long been thinking about adding a CPA to my name and wanted to ask for some advice.

I graduated with a bachelors in history and economics minor. I then went to a masters program in accounting; having completed financial, managerial, cost, and intermediate accounting classes. While I was in the masters program, I received a job offer working for a union funds office as a collections/delinquency coordinator for a multi-employer health and welfare plan.

I've been working at this job for 2 years now, but I dropped out of the masters program when I got this job. I love my job, but am seeking to advance further in it. That's why I want to go back to earn a CPA.

I've been researching the requirements in Illinois to sit for the CPA exam, but want confirmation on it so I don't find any unwelcome surprises when I apply to take the exam.

It appears that to sit for the exam, I need 150 college credit hours. I have that completed. I also need 30 credit hours in accounting classes. I have completed 12 hours so far and it looks like I need 6 more accounting classes to complete. I would also need 24 credit hours in a business class, having completed an econ minor I think I have 21 business credits fulfilled.

To be sure, I don't need an accounting masters to sit for the exam? I just need to fulfill the credit hours? This will make a big difference if I'm going to invest the time and money in it.

Also, a second question. Anyone ever hear of a CEBS? (Certified Employment Benefits Specialist) and is this a valuable certification to complete? It seems to relate a lot more to my current job.

Thanks in advance.


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