Graduate

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.


Transcript Evaluations

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.

Any questions can be directed to cpaes-pa@nasba.org.

International Transcript Evaluation

All educational credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by one of the following professional credentials evaluation organizations to show U.S. equivalency:

Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (414) 289-3412, www.ece.org 
Foreign Academic Credentials Service Inc. (618) 656-5291, www.facsusa.com
Josef Silny & Associates Inc. (305) 273-1616, www.jsilny.com

For more details about NASBA International Evaluation Services, visit www.nasba.org/international.

CPA Exam & License FAQs from NASBA and the State Board of Accountancy

What Are the Accounting Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam?

Who Is NASBA?

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) administers the Uniform CPA Examination. They collect information about candidates, distribute advisory scores, and maintain a database of candidate records.

Visit www.nasba.org for CPA Exam information and application. Follow NASBA's Exam News for CPA Exam score releases.

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