Accounting (CPA Preparation)

Accounting or Taxation Concentration

The Certified Public Accountant concentration provides students with tailored accounting or taxation coursework and aligned CPA exam preparation, in addition to the MBA core curriculum. This option is designed so students can earn their MBA degree and complete the four sections of the CPA exam in as little as one year, though a part-time option is also available.

Pennsylvania requires that those who wish to sit for the CPA exam must hold an undergraduate degree, including 24 semester hours in accounting/accounting-related coursework.

This concentration provides both the coursework and credit hour requirements for certification.

Unique Aspects

  • The CPA concentration curriculum is geared specifically to the CPA exam.
  • CPA review is provided as a complete package by nationally ranked Becker CPA review. Funding for the course is included along with tuition.
  • Jefferson provides a scholarship that pays for the Becker CPA review modules, CPA exam review, CPA mobile flashcards and fully reimburses exam registration fees as you pass each part. This scholarship has a value of approximately $5,000.
  • The Big Four accounting firms often expect that new hires take and pass at least some portion of the CPA exam. Our program positions students for high CPA success compared with other programs.

CPA Preparation - Accounting Courses

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting I
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting II
  • Auditing and Attestation
  • Becker CPA Review Course*

Total: 10 Credits

CPA Preparation - Taxation Courses

  • Individual Taxation
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Tax Research
  • Becker CPA Review Course*

Total: 9 Credits

*The CPA review is a zero-credit course.

Please Note: This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting. However, students with an undergraduate accounting minor, or who have completed significant undergraduate accounting coursework are encouraged to contact the MBA Office for further advice at 215-951-2950.