CPA Accounting, Certificate


All of the following courses are required:

Course Title
ACCOUNT 201-DLIntroduction to Financial Accounting
ACCOUNT 202-DLIntroduction to Managerial Accounting
ACCOUNT 208-DLIncome Tax I
ACCOUNT 210-DLIntermediate Accounting I
ACCOUNT 211-DLIntermediate Accounting II
ACCOUNT 308-DLIncome Tax II
ACCOUNT 310-DLManagerial Cost Accounting
ACCOUNT 340-DLGovernmental and Nonprofit Accounting
ACCOUNT 350-DLAuditing I
ACCOUNT 360-DLAuditing II
ACCOUNT 390-DLTopics in Accounting: (Forensic Accounting)
ACCOUNT 390-DLTopics in Accounting: (Data Analytics for Accounting)

Note: Unless the candidate has graduate degree in accounting or business from an institution that meets the accreditation requirements, to meet the educational requirements for the Illinois CPA Exam, candidates must have completed 150 Semester Credit Hours (SCH), which includes:

  • 30 SCH in accounting (including Managerial Accounting, Taxation, Financial Accounting, Audit and at least 2 SCH Hours of Research & Analysis) and 
  • 24 SCH in business (including 2 SCH of Business Communication and 3 SCH of Business Ethics).

 A Northwestern University unit (4 quarter hours) is equivalent to 2.67 semester hours. To determine the semester hour equivalent of total courses taken at Northwestern, multiple the total units by 2.67.