Accounting (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is designed to prepare students for careers in accounting and related fields.

CPA Certification and Licensure

A CPA certification is not required to work in accounting. However, to practice as a state-licensed public accountant, an individual needs to meet certain state educational and experience requirements, along with passing the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination; these requirements can be summarized as education, examination, and experience (the “three Es”).

Marymount’s BS in Accounting program meets the educational requirements for students to take the CPA exam in Virginia immediately upon graduating from Marymount University.  The CPA exam is developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) but is administered at the state level. The exam is designed to assess the knowledge and skills entry-level CPAs need to practice public accountancy.

While the successful completion of the Uniform CPA exam is a requirement in all US states and territories, education and experience requirements to both take the exam and become a licensed CPA may vary for each state or territory. In addition to passing the CPA exam, to obtain certification as a CPA, individuals must meet licensing requirements in the state where they intend to be licensed.  State certification requirements can vary by state and territory and are also subject to change. Additional state requirements can include further coursework, state residency requirements, additional examinations, and/or years of work experience. This is particularly important for international students, as there may be additional requirements for non-citizens. Each state’s education, exam, and experience requirements are outlined on individual state Board of Accountancy websites, which can be found on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) website and in the table below. Students interested in pursuing licensure should contact the state board of accountancy in the state in which they intend to practice for more information.

Marymount University makes every effort to ensure the information provided here is accurate and is updated each year. Because state certification and licensure requirements vary and can change, Marymount cannot confirm whether our BS in accounting program meets the educational requirements for certification and licensure in states other than Virginia. Please visit the state board’s website for specific licensure and certification requirements prior to enrolling in these programs.  

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State and Territory Requirements (maintained by AICPA)

Last Update: June 2020

State State Licensure Board Disclosure
Alabama Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Alaska Alaska Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Arizona Arizona State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Arkansas Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy  Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
California California Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Colorado Colorado State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Connecticut Connecticut State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Delaware Delaware State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
District of Columbia District of Columbia Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Florida Florida Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Georgia Georgia State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Hawaii Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Idaho Idaho State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Illinois Illinois Board of Examiners

Illinois Department of Financial And Professional Regulation Public Accountancy Section

Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Indiana Indiana Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Iowa Iowa Accountancy Examining Board  Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Kansas Kansas Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Kentucky Kentucky Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Louisiana State Board of CPAs of Louisiana  Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Maine Maine Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Maryland Maryland Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Massachusetts Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Michigan Michigan State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Minnesota Minnesota Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Mississippi Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Missouri Missouri Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Montana Montana Board of Public Accountants Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Nebraska Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Nevada Nevada State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
New Hampshire New Hampshire Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
New Jersey New Jersey State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
New Mexico New Mexico Public Accountancy Board Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
New York New York State Board for Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
North Carolina North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
North Dakota North Dakota State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Ohio Accountancy Board of Ohio Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Oklahoma Oklahoma Accountancy Board Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Oregon Oregon Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Rhode Island Rhode Island Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
South Carolina South Carolina Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
South Dakota South Dakota Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Tennessee Tennessee State Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Texas Texas State Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Utah Utah Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Vermont Vermont Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Virginia Virginia Board of Accountancy Meets educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Does not meet requirements for licensure.
Washington Washington State Board of Accountancy  Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
West Virginia West Virginia Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Wisconsin Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Wyoming Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
American Samoa American Samoa Territorial Board of Public Accountancy
Office of the Governor
A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, American Samoa, 96799
Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Guam Guam Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Northern Mariana Islands PO Box 504053
Saipan, CNMI 96950
Phone: 671-727-3362
Fax: 671-632-1209
Email: burger@pticom.com
Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Board of Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.
U.S. Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Board of Public Accountancy Marymount cannot determine whether this program meets educational requirements for licensure. Contact the state board to confirm.