With more than two decades of experience in capital markets, James Kasim has served as chief financial officer and treasurer of some of the most prominent commercial real estate companies. A certified public accountant (CPA) in California, James Kasim oversees corporate finance and financial reporting needs.
CPAs earn their license at a state or territory level. In California, a person must hold a bachelor’s degree in order to take the CPA examination. Unlike other states, 150 educational hours are not required; however, completion of 24 semester units in both accounting and business is mandatory. If a person chooses to take more than 24 accounting units, the overage can fulfill general business credits.
Once education requirements are met, a candidate will create an account with the California Board of Accountancy and have his or her transcripts forwarded to the board to request approval to sit for the exam. The state board will issue an authorization to test (ATT) once an applicant is approved, at which time he or she will pay the examination fee and schedule a testing within nine months.
James Kasim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed to practice in California. After earning his CPA credential, James Kasim completed his master of business administration (MBA) with honors from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, where he graduated with honors.
Given its high matriculation fees and rigorous admission requirements, the true value of an MBA degree is a topic of discussion in the professional world. How does an MBA benefit degree holders?
An MBA education enhances students' management skills while attuning their knowledge base and skill sets toward real-life situations. It also changes how students view the business world at large. The internship portion of an MBA-track education further provides students with networking opportunities that can be of value later in their careers.
Studies have shown that MBA graduates have a higher average annual incomes compared to holders of undergraduate university degrees. They also have better career opportunities with higher chances of securing executive management positions.
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