The CPA exam is notoriously rigorous, due both to its length and its in-depth content. The exam lasts a total of 16 hours and has four parts, each of which is a four-hour test focused on a specific area of accounting: 

    • Auditing and Attestation (AUD) 
    • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) 
    • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) 
    • Regulation (REG) 

Preparing for the CPA exam is itself an intensive process. Fortunately, courses on all the exam topics are available within The University of Texas Permian Basin’s online Master of Professional Accountancy program—offered through our AACSB-accredited College of Business. Completing our program is a great way to put yourself on the path to becoming a CPA and enjoying greater earning potential and other advantages. 

CPA Eligibility Through the Convenience of Online Education 
Our online Master of Professional Accountancy program prepares you to become a certified public accountant by equipping you with a broad foundation in accounting principles and business applications. You’ll become versed in traditional and modern accounting practices as you gain skills that will help you adeptly navigate a rapidly evolving business environment. 

Our master’s degree in public accountancy is one of the finest accounting programs in Texas. But you don’t need to live within or even near Texas to benefit from it. We deliver this program in a 100% online, asynchronous format that enables you to complete coursework anywhere, at your own pace. And there are many more benefits: 

    • You can earn a career-enhancing degree while you’re simultaneously juggling professional and family responsibilities.  
    • Most of your program courses last just eight weeks. 
    • For all program courses, you will be taught by the same acclaimed PhD-level accounting professors who teach on campus. 
    • You can complete your Master of Professional Accountancy in as little as one year.  

Once you graduate from our program, you will have met key requirements to sit for the CPA exam and earned a graduate degree that can help you compete for a greater number of professional opportunities! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some employers prefer to hire candidates who’ve earned a master’s degree, meaning this credential can give you a professional edge alongside your CPA license. 

6 Great Reasons to Become a Certified Public Accountant 
While being an accountant is rewarding in itself, many find navigating the rigors of the CPA exam and the related requirements worthwhile once they understand just how much more rewarding a career as a CPA can be. For example:  

    1. CPAs are often considered to be the “cream of the crop” of accountants by colleagues and clients alike. The title “CPA” carries with it significant respect.

    2. CPAs earn an average of up to 15% more than “standard” accountants.

    3. CPAs can stand out from other accountants at hiring time with that CPA license on their resume.

    4. CPAs are in demand due to changing populations, laws, and student demographics. Job opportunities are expected to be plentiful for years to come.

    5. CPAs today are less likely to be stuck in an office doing the same type of work every day. Many travel the world to gain greater experience and have the freedom to follow their passions within the profession rather than a preset path.

    6. CPAs can work in practically any industry. 

Start Preparing to Pass the Exam With Us 
Once you begin the CPA exam, you have 18 months to pass all four sections, which you may take in any order you wish. About half to two-thirds of participants passed any given section during 2020, requiring many of them to retake certain parts. Indeed, the intensive CPA exam is as much a process as it is a test.  

Take one step now that will move you much closer to qualifying for the CPA exam. Earning a Master of Professional Accountancy from UT Permian Basin can be your key to a more rewarding professional future as a CPA.