CPA Preparation–Post Baccalaureate, Advanced Certificate


Harold Washington

Program Code: 0418

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
BUSINES 284Business Communications3
or ENGLISH 105 Business Writing
BUSINES 214The Legal & Social Environment of Business3
or PHIL 107 Ethics
BUSINES 181Financial Accounting4
BUSINES 182Managerial Accounting4
Computer Applications Intermediate Accounting
and Intermediate Accounting
BUSINES 206Auditing3
BUSINES 207Intermediate Accounting II3
BUSINES 208Federal Income Tax3
BUSINES 211Business Law I3
or BUSINES 212 Business Law II
BUSINES 215Corporate and Entity Federal Income Tax3
Program Electives
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals Of Accounting
Intro Cost Accounting
Nonprofit Accounting
Advanced Accounting
Independent Research
Computerized Accounting Systems
Special Topics
Total Hours36


This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing CPA Preparation–Post Baccalaureate. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Advanced Certificate.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Student

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
BUSINES 181 Financial Accounting 4
BUSINES 211 Business Law I 3
BUSINES 284 Business Communications 3
Semester 2
BUSINES 182 Managerial Accounting 4
The Legal & Social Environment of Business
or Ethics
Semester 3
Select one of the following Electives: 3
Intro Cost Accounting  
Fundamentals Of Accounting  
Nonprofit Accounting  
Advanced Accounting  
Independent Research  
Computerized Accounting Systems  
Special Topics  
BUSINES 204 Computer Applications Intermediate Accounting 1 1
BUSINES 205 Intermediate Accounting 1 3
BUSINES 208 Federal Income Tax 3
Semester 4
BUSINES 206 Auditing 3
BUSINES 207 Intermediate Accounting II 3
BUSINES 215 Corporate and Entity Federal Income Tax 3
 Total Hours36

Students must be concurrently enrolled in BUSINES 204 Computer Applications Intermediate Accounting and BUSINES 205 Intermediate Accounting.

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Accountants and Auditors

Job Description

Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$51,845
Median 50th Percentile$83,519
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$151,908

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$25
Median 50th Percentile$40
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$73

Annual Job Openings

2451 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less0.00%
A certificate0.00%
Some college39.48%
An Associate degree14.08%
A Bachelor's degree43.60%
A Master's or Professional degree2.84%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

46.44% continue their education beyond an associate degree