Requirements to sit for CPA exam

Two options:

  1. 125 credits in accounting with a double major will get you 150 credits to sit for the CPA exam.
  2. 125 credits in accounting and a fifth year in Valparaiso University’s MBA program will get you 150 credits without doing evening courses.

The extraordinary placement rate of graduates of Valpo’s accounting programs demonstrates that accounting is an excellent foundation for a variety of careers. Valpo accounting students learn to understand an organization’s bottom line in an environment that emphasizes ethics, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication.

Accounting skills have broad applications in business, helping companies avoid mistakes and use money efficiently. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a certified public accountant, or if you are not planning to become a CPA but want to gain a solid background in these critical skills, this program is for you.

Many accounting majors combine this 125-credit program with a second business major; it is also a popular option for students who plan to continue their education in an MBA program.


All College of Business majors begin with two core groups of courses:

The major requirements ensure students have a thorough grounding in accounting and quantitative methods.

Major Requirements for Accounting
IDS 110 Business Spreadsheet Applications 1 credit
ACC 310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3 credits
ACC 311 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3 credits
ACC 315 Accounting Information Systems 3 credits
ACC 320 Cost Accounting 3 credits
ACC 350 Concepts of Tax Accounting 3 credits
ACC 413 Auditing and Assurance Services 3 credits
ACC 430 Research and Analysis in Accounting 3 credits
International Business Requirement
One course from the following options: 3 credits
FIN 430 International Finance
MGT 440 Cross-Cultural Management
MKT 430 International Marketing
Total 21 credits
One course from the following options: 3 credits
ACC 316  Gov’t & Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACC 411  Advanced Accounting
ACC 412  Concepts of Taxation II
28 credits
Free Electives 3 credits
Grand Total (all courses) 125 credits

In addition to the required courses outlined below, each student in the program is required to complete one of the following:

  • A Cooperative Education experience combining full-time professional, paid work experience with academic coursework, or
  • An Internship

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 Course descriptions


Global Connection
“Right from the start, the global approach to business is something emphasized countless times in the classroom,” says Xavier Scott-Reed, a sophomore accounting and international business double-major from East Chicago, Indiana.