I'm interested in taking the CPA exam one day because, to my knowledge, it is the best way to distinguish oneself among other accountants and more career paths are available to those who pass the exam.
Where's the problem/question? I'm a junior studying "Energy Business and Finance" (a major that focuses on energy economics and decision making) with a minor in Economics. Seeing as how I have one course in accounting under my belt (Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making) and I'm told the exam requires a minimum of 150 credit hours to be eligible to take, I was wondering if there really was any way for me to become a Certified Public Accountant without staying an extra two or three semesters to take accounting courses. I want to be applying to graduate schools and attend one after I finish my B.S.
So with that said, I'm also wondering how much graduate programs value a core accounting curriculum. If I had a 3.4 GPA, high 600's / low 700's GMAT, and one solid letter of recommendation from an Accounting professor, could I realistically attend a competitive program like Stanford, U Mich, UNC Chapel Hill, etc.?
Thanks in advance.