FAQ

Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accountancy


Does the BSBAA help me meet the requirements I need to take the CPA exam?
That depends on where you plan to take the CPA exam. The Kentucky State Board of Accountancy requires a minimum of 27 credit hours in accounting and 12 credit hours in business-related subjects to qualify for the CPA exam. The BSBAA degree awards you with 120 credit hours that cover both of those sub-requirements. These requirements may vary from state to state, and the BSBAA program may meet the educational requirements for examination or licensure in states outside of KY. Since these requirements occasionally change, we highly recommend you read more information about the exam and the requirements at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website.


Does this program prepare me to become a CPA in other states?
The BSBAA, in our analysis, meets the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in every U.S. state and territory except Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Utah, Washington (state), and Wyoming. The BSBAA does not meet the requirements in those states because those states may require a total of 150 credit hours to take the CPA exam. Some states require specific courses that are not part of the BSBAA curriculum, for example. Nevertheless, the BSBAA program will assist students with meeting the accounting and business course requirements. We strongly recommend that you inquire with your applicable licensing board to determine all of the educational requirements before enrolling in the program. Please view the information on our “Professional Licensure Notifications and Disclosures” page for more information: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us/state-authorization-disclosures


Once I’ve completed the BSBAA and passed the CPA exam, am I a CPA?
Not necessarily. In addition to the education requirements and passing the CPA exam, you may need to complete a period of work experience, pay application and licensing fees, pass a criminal background check, submit references, fingerprint submissions, etc. Please view the information on our “Professional Licensure Notifications and Disclosures” page for more information: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us/state-authorization-disclosures. And be sure to go to the appropriate state board of accountancy (or other professional licensure agency of the local government) to learn about all of the requirements to become a CPA. The CPA is a state designation and is governed by the states and other jurisdictions. Make sure you know the requirements in your chosen location.


I noticed UofL offers an online Certificate in Accounting. Which program is right for me?
Both the certificate and bachelor’s programs offer a viable pathway to advancing your education in accounting, sitting for the CPA exam or starting/advancing your career. Whether or not the program is right for you will depend on your previous education and background. For instance, the certificate in accounting is a post-baccalaureate program that requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution. Respectively, the bachelor’s in accounting only requires a high school diploma (for admission to the lower division) or an associate degree (for admission to the upper division). Contact one of our enrollment counselors at online@louisville.edu or 1.800.871.8635 to find out which program best fits your goals.


How long will it take me to complete my degree?
The standard length for completion of the BSBA in Accountancy is 4 years. This is without taking any courses over the summer, at full-time status. However, with transferred credits and summer courses, your degree could be completed in a shorter timeframe. Contact us today to see how quickly you can earn your degree!


How will I know if my courses will transfer?
Once you’ve applied to the program, credit transfer checks are a standard part of the admission process. However, if you want to get a feel for how many general education credits will transfer before applying, check out UofL’s unofficial credit pre-evaluation tool.


Are there specific class times for the online courses?
No! To help you balance your education needs with all that life demands, all courses are offered through an asynchronous format—meaning you complete coursework and class requirements at the time that’s best for you.


Will the online exams be proctored?
There is no mandated proctoring rule for the online accountancy courses. However this decision is ultimately left up to the discretion of the course instructor.


Will my course textbooks be available online?
While there’s no guarantee, we typically use textbooks available in print and eBook format.



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