NewPrepare to Become a Successful Certified Public Accountant

While all CPA's are accountants, not every accountant is a CPA. The in-depth study and continuing training it takes to become (and remain) a CPA prepares accountants with this credential to practice independently or in a wide variety of industries. At Seton Hill, you can earn all of the credit hours needed to sit for the CPA exam in Pennsylvania. You also have the option to move straight into our MBA Program, and complete all of the academic requirements necessary to become licensed, while earning two degrees at a reduced tuition rate. Interested in an accounting career but not certain you want to commit to a CPA? Seton Hill's Accounting B.S.B.A. may be perfect for you. 

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Why Choose Seton Hill?

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In addition to receiving a comprehensive accounting and liberal arts foundation, in Seton Hill's Accounting - CPA Program you will benefit from:

  • Access to the industry-standard CPA preparation system, Becker's CPA Review.
  • The option to earn your Accounting - CPA B.S.B.A., your MBA (in the specialization of your choice, such as forensic accounting and fraud examination, management, or project management) and all of the credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam, and apply for your license - at an accelerated pace and a reduced tuition rate.

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The Best Possible Foundation for Success

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree at Seton Hill is designed to give you the best possible foundation for business accounting success. In addition to gaining experience and knowledge specific to a career as a Certified Public Accountant, you will also study in the areas of:

Business Tools for Decision Making  

Courses like Corporate Ethics, Data Analytics and Quantitative Methods in Business will teach you how to use the tools business leaders use to make strategic business decisions.

Business Foundations  

Business Clubs

Business courses that will support your career no matter where it takes you, like statistics, accounting and micro and macroeconomics.

Diversity & Inclusion

Courses like Discrimination, Inequality and Economic Development will provide context for supporting a business environment that treats all people with dignity and provides opportunity to all.

Relevant Internship Experiences

Gain hands-on accounting experience through a comprehensive, supervised internship, such as the one Seton Hill offers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program supervised by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Your Career in Accounting

98% of Grads move on to a career or grad school

Accountants and auditors work in a strong field with continued predicted growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2020, the median annual pay topped $73,000. Seton Hill’s Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) will work with you, your professors, and local, regional and national employers to provide you with the career preparation skills, internship opportunities and placement services you need to keep moving up.

Becoming Licensed

All 50 states require a bachelor’s degree with at least 150 credit hours of coursework to become a licensed CPA. Some states (including Pennsylvania) will let you sit for the CPA Exam with 120 hours of study, though you still must complete 150 hours before you can apply for a license. Through Seton Hill's FastForward to an MBA Program, you can earn all 150 academic credit hours while also earning two degrees.


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The Wukich Center 

The Wukich Center
 for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (Wukich CEO) provides specialized support for students interested in owning a business.

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