Massachusetts CPA Exam Requirements

Requirements

Education Requirements

150 Semester Hours Required to Sit for the Exam? No
Minimum Degree Required: Baccalaureate

Additional Educational Requirements

  • Completion of 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) of credits from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Have completed all requirements for the conferral of a bachelor's degree
  • Have 21 accounting credits including coverage in financial accounting, audit, management accounting, and taxation
  • Have 9 business credits including coverage in business law, finance, and information systems

Note:

Effective January 1, 2007: The candidate must meet the 150 hour requirement within 3 years from the date of passing all four parts or they will be required to retake the exam.

Residency Requirements

U.S. Citizenship Required: No
Applicant must be a resident, employee, OR have office in the state? No

Age Requirements

Age Minimum: 18

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Massachusetts CPA Exam Requirements exam fees

Initial Application Fee: $195
Audit: $192.03
Financial: $192.03
Regulation: $172.51
Business: $172.51
Total: $924.08

Special Fees: Re-exam registration fee (varying amounts based on number of parts)

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Massachusetts CPA Exam Requirements state board contacts

Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy
1000 Washington Street
Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118-6100

Web: www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/pa/
Phone: 617-727-1806
Fax: 617-727-0139

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Massachusetts CPA Exam Requirements Application Process

  • Review exam requirements

    To sit for the CPA exam as a first-time four-part candidate in Massachusetts, follow these steps: Before applying for the exam, evaluate your current credentials. You must be at least 18 years of age and you will need:

    1. Completion of 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) of university credit.

    2. Conferral of a baccalaureate degree.

    3. Completion of 21 semester hours in accounting, to include coverage in financial accounting, management (cost) accounting, auditing, and taxation.

    4. Completion of 9 semester hours in business, to include coverage in business law, finance and information systems.

  • Submit your exam application, enroll in Becker
    If you meet the educational requirements, submit your application to the CPA Examination Services Massachusetts Coordinator in Nashville, Tennessee. The application fee will be $195 and the exam fees will be $729.08 for a total of $8924.08. Allow up to two weeks after receipt of application, fees and transcripts for processing. You are able to apply for one or more sections of the exam at a time; however, you are advised to only apply for a section of the examination if you are ready to take it within the next six months. Your name on the application should exactly match your name on your primary form of identification, which is usually your driver’s license. At this time you should also begin planning your study approach by making inquiries into CPA reviews available in your area. The Becker CPA Review offers classes live, online or self-study to accommodate the needs of all candidates.
  • Request and forward your transcripts
    Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to CPA Examination Services for their evaluation. If you do not expect any problems in processing your application it is best to make plans to start your review at this time. The Becker CPA Review will significantly increase your chances of passing the exam.
  • Pay your exam fees
    Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to CPA Examination Services for their evaluation. If you do not expect any problems in processing your application it is best to make plans to start your review at this time. The Becker CPA Review will significantly increase your chances of passing the exam.
  • Schedule your exam
    After receiving the required information, CPA Examination Services will issue your Authorization to Test (ATT) to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). You will receive a Notice to Schedule (NTS) which is good for six months; however, since every third is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.