The CPA Exam
To become a certified public accountant, or CPA, you’ll need to be licensed by a state board of accountancy. Becoming a CPA carries numerous benefits beyond the obvious prestige of earning this respected credential, including opportunities to increase your authority and responsibility, and, typically, your salary.
While specific requirements for CPA licensure vary from state to state, you’ll need to have taken extensive coursework in accounting. Earning a Master of Accounting degree will help you meet this requirement. You’ll also need to pass the Uniform CPA Exam, the test all aspiring accountants must pass prior to earning their license to practice.
Graduates of the UNC Kenan-Flagler MAC Program perform exceptionally well on the exam. Our first-time pass rate is among the nation’s best and far above the overall national average. And, nearly every year, a UNC MAC graduate wins the AICPA's prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award, which honors the top scorers on the exam.
Preparing you for the CPA exam
The uniform CPA examination consists of four separate four-hour sections that test a student’s knowledge of Auditing and Attestation, Business Environment and Concepts, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Regulation. Many students take the CPA exam while they are enrolled in the MAC program. It’s a challenging exam, but one where UNC MAC students perform remarkably well. In fact, UNC students achieve a first-time pass rate of 75.3%, far above the national average of 52.9%*.
To help you prepare for the exam, the UNC MAC Program partners with Becker, the industry leader in CPA exam review. This partnership will provide you with access to countless resources, including study guides and practice tests. In addition, Becker representatives deliver live review sessions at key points throughout the year that are aligned with the MAC curriculum and the academic calendar.
This guide demonstrates how key courses in the UNC MAC curriculum aligns with the four sections of the CPA exam:
|Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
UNC pass rate: 74.4%*
|Auditing and Assurance Services
|Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
UNC pass rate: 89.2%*
Managerial and Cost Accounting
|Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
UNC pass rate: 70.5%*
|Financial Reporting A/B/C
UNC pass rate: 64.6%*
|Federal Income Tax
Various tax and law electives
* First-time CPA exam pass rates, 2017.
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