I want to become a CPA in California, is school more important than experience?

Ok to summarize, I graduated from San Diego State U. in 05 with a B.A. in Economics, a few of my classes were in Accounting , but not enough. I have an option of going to grad school and getting an MSA (masters in acct) or going back to my Jr college and taking the accounting courses that I need to be able to sit for the CPA exam. However, I also don't have any real experience in the field working as an accountant or bookeeping. This would really be a change in direction or career for me. My plan is to go to my Jr college, take the accounting courses I need, get a certificate or degree and start working in the accounting field to get experience and in about a year and a half, submit my paperwork to sit for the CPA exam. Is this a sound plan, any and all advice would be sooo welcomed!

Asked By: willn2muse - 8/2/2008
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No matter what you want to do, school AND experience are both important. You need enough school to qualify to take the exam. When you finish all the courses, study, do well.. you should be able to pass the exam. Experience helps a lot too, though going to work for a year or two can leave you rusty on the exam... More
Answered By: Atomics - 8/2/2008
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Ya gotta have the degree first, then you can pick up the experience.
Answered By: joedoakes2008 - 8/2/2008
You need to be certified and licensed to be a CPA so I can only assum that you are required to go to school...
Answered By: I_Hate_You_All - 8/2/2008
I don't think you could take all of the accounting classes you would need for the CPA at a community college, because most of them are junior and senior-level classes, which are only taught at four-year universities. The experience won't help you much with the exam, so I think you would be better off taking the exam... More
Answered By: neniaf - 8/2/2008
I suggest getting a Masters, it would take close to the same time and look great on a resume.
Answered By: cuthere1979 - 8/2/2008
CPA exam is a real buster. You're probably very good....but This isn't a slam on're not ready for that one... More
Answered By: Moose - 8/2/2008
This might not be an exact answer... but im actually a sophmore at SDSU and am thinking of this same exact thing. However i think i might just go straight into accounting instead of economics. Is SDSU a good school to go to for accounting?
Answered By: tfghbjkl - 8/7/2008
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