The State of Michigan requires five years of coursework in order to sit for the CPA exam (or 168 credit hours at Alma College). Students interested in pursuing the Professional Accounting (CPA) can, with careful planning of coursework at Alma, complete the necessary coursework required to sit for the exam in four years. In addition to the courses required for the Accounting Major, students must complete the following courses for the Professional Accounting (CPA) Major: BUS-366, 422, 426 and 449. (See also Required Cognate Courses.) As part of their cognates, students must also take ECN-111 and MTH-116. Total Credit Hours: 68.