Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
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Business Courses

The Board requires that an applicant complete 24 semester hours or quarter hour equivalents of upper level related business courses in one of the following ways.

  1. In conjunction with a 4–year baccalaureate or higher degree from an institution recognized by the Board.
  2. By completing related business courses at a Board-recognizedcommunity college, provided they are recognized as upper level courses for a 4–year baccalaureate or higher degree from an institution recognized by the board.

The Board will accept the following related business courses without repeat, taken at a Board-recognized educational institution shown on official transcripts. Not more than 6 semester hours taken in any subject area may be used to meet the minimum hour requirement.

Economics and statistics courses at any college level may be counted as upper level courses.

Related business courses recognized by the Board.

   (1) business law, including study of the Uniform Commercial Code;
   (2) economics;
   (3) management;
   (4) marketing;
   (5) business communications;
   (6) statistics and quantitative methods;
   (7) information systems or technology;
   (8) other areas related to accounting

No more than 9 credit semester hours taken in any of the following subject areas may be used to meet the minimum hour requirement:
(A) finance and financial planning; and
(B) data analytics, data interrogation techniques, cyber security and/or digital acumen in the accounting context, whether taken in the business school or in another college or university program, such as the engineering, computer science, information systems, or math programs (while data analytic tools may be used in the course, application of the tools should be the primary objective of the course).

The Board requires that a minimum of 2 semester credit hours in accounting communications or business communications be completed. The semester hours may be obtained through a discrete (stand–alone) course or offered through an integrated approach and contain intensive individual writing components. If the course content is offered through integration, the university must advise the board of the course(s) that contain the accounting communications or business communications content.

The board is the final authority regarding the evaluation of an applicant's education and has received assistance from the reporting institution in the State of Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, in evaluating:
(1) an institution of higher education;
(2) organizations that award credits for coursework taken outside of a traditional academic environment and shown on a transcript from an institution of higher education;
(3) assessment methods such as credit by examination, challenge exams, and portfolio assessment; and
(4) non-college education and training.
(c) The following organizations and assessment methods may not be used to meet the requirements of this chapter:
(1) American Council on Education (ACE);
(2) Prior Learning Assessment (PLA);
(3) Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES);
(4) Defense Subject Standardized Test (DSST); and
(5) StraighterLine.


Note: Related business courses completed through and offered by an extension school, correspondence school, or continuing education program of a Board-recognized educational institution, may be accepted by the Board provided that the courses are accepted for a business baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by that educational institution.