Massachusetts CPA Requirements

Massachusetts CPA Requirements

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Massachusetts CPA Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units (180 quarter units) are required in the Massachusetts requirements to take the CPA exam

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree with 120 semester units

Additional Requirements: 18 graduate credits or 30 undergraduate credits or a combination thereof, to include financial accounting, audit, taxation, and management accounting. In addition, CPA candidates must have 18 graduate credits or 24 undergraduate credits in business

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: 18

Additional Requirements: It is not necessary to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 hours including Bachelor's Degree

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Experience Requirements: To qualify for full report license, 1 year of public accounting experience to include 1000 hours in the report function on full disclosure financial statements, of which not more than 300 hours may consist of full disclosure compilations. One year of governmental field audit work may be accepted at the discretion of the Board of Public Accountancy for a full report license. For a non-report license, 1 year of public accounting experience or 3 years of non-public accounting in a position that is substantially equivalent to public accounting. Non-public accounting experience must be beyond entry level and under the supervision of a CPA. Applicants with a graduate degree in accounting, business administration, or law qualify for a non-report license

Ethics Exam: None

Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-727-1806
Fax: 617-727-2197

Initial Application Fees $195
AUD $193.45
BEC $173.60
FAR $193.45
REG $173.60
Total $929.10

     *Re-examination application fee varies