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At least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field is required for most accountant and auditor job positions, and some employers prefer applicants with a master’s degree.[52] A degree in accounting may also be required for, or may be used to fulfill the requirements for, membership to professional accounting bodies. For example, the education during an accounting degree can be used to fulfill the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA) 150 semester hour requirement,[53] and associate membership with the Certified Public Accountants Association of the UK is available after gaining a degree in finance or accounting.[54]

doctorate is required in order to pursue a career in accounting academia, for example to work as a university professor in accounting.[55][56] The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) are the most popular degrees. The PhD is the most common degree for those wishing to pursue a career in academia, while DBA programs generally focus on equipping business executives for business or public careers requiring research skills and qualifications.[55]