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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate: Studies in Accounting

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Minimum number of credits required to earn certificate: 24

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to earn certificate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward certificate: None.

Other GPA requirements to earn certificate: None.

Contact Information: Cindy D’Angelo, Administrative Assistant II, 209 DP Corbett Business Building, 297-581-1973,

The University of Maine Business School Certificate of Studies in Accounting (CSA) is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a field other than accounting and who want to prepare to enter the accounting profession. The CSA provides an understanding of the body of technical knowledge common to all practicing accountants. The program furnishes the broad training in accounting necessary to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam in Maine. The Certificate Program requires twenty-four credit hours in accounting (8 courses).

  • Each applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and provide a transcript from each institution attended.
  • All courses must be taken for credit (no pass/fail permitted).
  • All course work must be completed with at least a 2.0 overall grade point average.
  • Including the last 12 credit hours, at least 50% of the candidate’s coursework must be taken at the University of Maine.
  • Beginning with the May 2003 exam, the State of Maine will require 150 hours of education, including a bachelor’s degree and 24 credit hours of accounting prior to applying to sit for the CPA exam. Students planning to take the CPA exam should take as many of the non-required accounting courses as possible plus business law (BUA 220 or its equivalent).
  • Students must be advised by an accounting professor regarding their program of study.
  • BUA 201 and BUA 202 may be taken in separate 3-week May or summer sessions to accelerate the student’s progress through the program.
  • Certificate students who are planning to pursue a MBA with a concentration in Accounting at UMaine and are admitted to the Graduate School may take any 600-level accounting course as an elective.

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