Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam
Upon graduation, candidates must meet these requirements:
- Received a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university
- Completed at least 24 semester credits in accounting subjects, including accounting and auditing, business law, finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics, or tax subjects sanctioned by the State Board of Accountancy
Candidates can sit for the CPA Exam with less than 150 credit hours, however they will be required to complete all 150 before they are eligible to apply for CPA licensure in Pennsylvania.
Candidates have 18 months to pass all four parts of the exam, beginning when the first section is passed.
The Uniform CPA Exam is administered by NASBA.
Pre-evaluation from NASBA
Prospective applicants can have their courses pre-evaluated to find out if they are on the right track. While these pre-evaluations are advisory in nature, they can help determine if additional coursework may be needed.
- Create an account on the NASBA Member Portal at www.nasba.org.
- Submit the form and payment of $50 to NASBA.
- Track your status online at www.nasba.org.
- Find out if you are on the right track or get the guidance you need to adjust your schedule.
- Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Transcript Evaluation
All educational credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by one of the following professional credential evaluation organizations to show U.S. equivalency: