CPLS Offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accountancy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Saint Joseph’s University’s College of Professional and Liberal Studies now offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in accountancy. The intensive program is designed to develop professional accountants by giving students the knowledge and credits to successfully complete the CPA examination and round out their skill set.

The certificate is particularly timely and useful in light of an impending change to CPA licensure requirements in Pennsylvania. Effective January 1, 2012, the number of credit-hours needed to become a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania will increase from 120 to 150 credits. Of these 150 credits, 36 must be in accounting-related courses.

As SJU’s post-baccalaureate certificate in accountancy has a 36-credit option, program graduates will have the credit-hours necessary to become a certified public accountant.

“As an individual seeking a career in accounting, you can take satisfaction knowing you have selected a profession with genuine social value as well as personal achievement potential,” says Joseph M. Ragan ’69, chair and professor of accounting, who helped develop the certificate program. “Saint Joseph's University has a proven and well-deserved reputation for facilitating the development of the professional accountant.”

The certificate is also well suited to aspiring auditors, budget and credit analysts, financial and tax examiners, revenue agents and post-secondary business teachers. The program features an experienced and knowledgeable faculty and strong ties to the local business and accounting communities. The learning atmosphere is made complete with small class sizes, personal advising, interactive instruction and discussion-oriented seminars.

For more information about the program or to enroll, please call 877-NITE-SJU or inquire at http://www.sju.edu/academics/pls/resources/inquiryform.html.

About CPLS: Saint Joseph’s University’s College of Professional and Liberal Studies is the largest and oldest program for non-traditional students in the greater Philadelphia region. Dedicated to educating Philadelphia’s adults, the College of Professional and Liberal Studies is a member Graduate! Philadelphia in 2010 and has transfer agreements with six local community colleges.

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