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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

CPA Requirements

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In Minnesota, CPA candidates are expected to meet the following requirements (Minnesota State Board of Accountancy, 2012; Becker, 2012):

  • 24 semester hours of accounting and 24 hours in business related courses must be taken.
  • A baccalaureate degree with an accounting concentration is required.
  • Candidates may sit for exam with lesser or no degree if qualifying experience requirements are satisfied.
  • Candidates need 150 credit hours to be granted a certificate, but not to sit for the exam.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of one year experience plus 150 credit hours of college level courses to be granted a certificate.
  • Candidates may apply for the exam 180 days prior to completing educational requirements.
  • Candidates may be granted "provisional" approval to take the CPA exam 90 days prior to completing education requirements.
  • Educational requirements must be completed no later than 120 days after the actual date on which the candidate took the first exam section.
  • Additional information can be found at the MnCPA website