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Baruch's CPA Qualifying Programs

Listing of Baruch programs that meet the academic requirements to sit for the NY State CPA exam, with additional relevant information about our CPA options.

Baruch's Zicklin School of Business provides several degree program options which are registered with the NY State Education Department as satisfying the academic qualifications to sit for the CPA exam as listed below. However, please note:

1. Non-degree, non-matriculant or special student status is not available for accounting and taxation courses.

Baruch is unable to accommodate students needing just a few courses to meet CPA requirements. Extensive demand for our CPA programs necessitates our limiting access to these courses to students enrolled in our degree programs. We urge students seeking a limited number of undergraduate or graduate accounting courses to contact other area schools with accounting programs to determine whether they are able to make these courses available.

2. It is not now possible to complete a registered CPA program at Baruch with undergraduate coursework alone.

Programs to meet the new 150 credit, August 1, 2009 NY State CPA requirement – listed below - involve completing both an undergraduate and graduate program or a graduate program alone. Baruch’s undergraduate-only CPA program graduates its last class in June ’09 and expires with New York’s implementation of the 150 credit requirement.


Baruch’s CPA Qualifying Programs

For currently enrolled Baruch Bachelor’s Degree Students Only:

The 5 Year Bachelor’s/Master’s CPA Programs


For Students with Bachelor’s Degrees from other schools:

The MS in Accounting for students with business degrees,

The MBA, Accounting Major, for students with degrees in areas other than business.

Graduate Taxation Programs

These are not CPA qualifying programs themselves but can provide needed courses and credits.

Baruch has two graduate programs in taxation that students can use to meet some of the CPA academic requirements, including the accounting and tax courses, the general business courses and the overall minimum of 150 credit hours required. Those programs are:

The MS in Taxation


The MBA, Taxation Major

For information about CPA License Requirements, contact

The NY State Education Department Office of the Professions.

For information about the CPA Examination, contact

CPA Examination Services, a division of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.


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