Beginning Summer (Session 1) 2014, the School of Accounting will begin offering an accelerated directed-study course (ACC 597B) - The CPA Fast Track - that will allow students to prepare for and sit for the CPA examination throughout the summer. If successful, students will pass all four sections of the examination by August. Below you will find some frequently asked questions:

What is the CPA Fast Track?
The CPA Fast Track at CMU is an extended summer course (ACC 597B) that enables students pursuing their CPA license to study, and sit, for four sections of the CPA exam in one summer – all while earning three credit hours for doing so.​

How does it work?
Students fill out an application in Grawn 312 (or download here) to enroll in ACC 597B for the summer 1 session. Class will meet almost every weekday from 9:00am – 1:00pm from 5/12 to 6/26 for instruction via Becker’s online lectures. Students also complete approximately four hours of homework a night. While intense, students can study, and sit, for all four sections of the exam by early August.

Who can enroll in the course?
To enroll in ACC 597B, students need to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam at the end of May. In order to sit for the exam in May, students must have completed the requirements for a bachelor degree in accounting. Any student that expects to graduate in May (or who has already fulfilled all the requirements of the BSBA degree by May) can enroll in the class.

Do I need 150 hours to apply for the exam?
No, you will need 150 hours to apply for your license, but not to apply to sit for the exam.

Why enroll in the class? Can't I just self study?
First, passing the CPA exam prior to starting your career in public accounting will be an invaluable differentiator, and allow you to focus on your job responsibilities during the day, and relax at night. Second, self-studying is always an option, but accomplishing an accelerated exam timeline takes persistence. Enrolling in ACC 597B gives you access to a cohort of students, all with the same goal in mind - passing the exam. The class will help create a “culture of passing.” Third, the course will have a professor in charge of helping you along the way, encouraging you when you are discouraged, and challenging you when you fall behind. Fourth, if you need 150 hours, this is an excellent step in the right direction.

Can I take the Fast Track as part of my accelerated MBA?
Yes! If you have not registered for ACC 597 as an undergraduate, you can wait to take ACC 597B as part of your MBA elective course upon the completion of your undergraduate program.

How much are the Becerk materials? Are they requied?
Becker materials are required, and will be the only materials allowed in the class. Some firms will pay for your Becker materials if you have accepted a job with them (check with your firm before ordering any materials). If not, financing and scholarship opportunities are available. Please see​ for more information.

How much are the testing fees?
2014 CPA examination fees are $870.20, plus an application fee of $147.

Why can't I take some exams right after studying for them?
CPA examinations are administered in two month on, one month off windows. June is a “closed” month.

What is the timeline for registering for the class and exams?

Important websites:

Michigan State Board of Accountancy -

For more information, please stop by the School of Accounting Office in Grawn 312, 
or contact Dr. Chad Stefaniak at or 989-774-3796

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