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A student may wish to sit for one of the primary certification exams: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certificate in Management Accounting (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) or Accreditation in Business Valuation (ABV).
In Connecticut, the State Board of Accountancy in Hartford, Conn., administers the CPA exam. The Institute of Management Accountants in Montvale, N.J., administers the CMA exam.
Each certification has specific work experience requirements. Information concerning these requirements can be obtained by contacting the accounting department chair. Graduates wishing to take the CPA exam in Connecticut are required to have completed 120 credit hours of college education in order to sit for this exam, but must complete 150 hours to receive the certificate.
Students interested in satisfying the 150-hour requirement might want to pursue options, such as earning a B.B.A. in accounting followed by a second B.B.A. in Management Information Systems. Or, they may earn a B.B.A. in Accounting followed by a master’s degree in health care administration, business, or justice and law administration. Contact the accounting chair to inquire about other methods of satisfying the 150–hour requirement.