Minnesota CPA Exam Requirements


Education Requirements

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

Additional Educational Requirements

  • 24 semester hours of accounting and 24 hours in business related courses
  • Baccalaureate (accounting concentration)
  • May sit for exam with lessor or no degree if qualifying experience requirements are satisfied
  • 1 year experience plus 150 hours is required to be granted certificate
  • Need 150 hours to be granted certificate but do not need 150 to sit for exam
  • Candidates may apply for the exam 180 days prior to completing educational requirements
  • Candidates will receive "provisional" approval to take the CPA exam 90 days prior to completing educational requirements
  • Educational requirements must be completed no later than 120 days after the actual date the candidate took the first exam section


Be a resident, be regularly employed, or working in Minnesota within 90 days preceding or following the examination.

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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Minnesota CPA Exam Requirements exam fees

Initial Application Fee: $190
Audit: $193.45
Financial: $193.45
Regulation: $193.45
Business: $193.45
Total: $963.80

Special Fees: Re-exam registration fee $115 regardless of the number of parts requested.

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Minnesota CPA Exam Requirements state board contacts

Minnesota State Board of Accountancy
85 East 7th Place, Suite 125
St. Paul, MN 55101

Web: www.boa.state.mn.us/Licensing/
Phone: 651-296-7938
Fax: 651-282-2644

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Minnesota CPA Exam Requirements Application Process

  • Review exam requirements

    To sit for the CPA exam as a first-time four-part candidate in Minnesota, follow these steps: Before applying for the exam, evaluate your current credentials. You must be a resident of, regularly employed in, or working in the State of Minnesota for the purpose of obtaining qualifying experience, and you will need to meet one of the following four conditions:

    1. Earned a graduate degree in Accounting from a Level Three accredited institution as determined by an accrediting agency listed with the U. S. Department of Education, or

    2. Earned a graduate degree from a Level Two accredited business school or college of business with 24 undergraduate hours, or 15 graduate hours, in Accounting*, or

    3. Earned a bachelor's degree from a Level Two accredited business school or college of business with 24 hours in Accounting* and 24 hours in other business-related or Accounting courses, or

    4. Earned a bachelor's degree, or higher, from a Level One accredited institution with 24 hours of Accounting* at the upper-division (junior/senior), or graduate level.

    5. Candidates may apply for the exam 180 days prior to the completion of educational requirements. Candidates may sit 90 days prior to anticipated completion of educational requirements. Educational requirements must be completed no later than 120 calendar days after the actual date the candidate took the first exam section, and final transcripts must be received by the board within 150 days of the first sitting.

  • Submit your exam application, enroll in Becker
    If you meet the educational requirements, submit your application to the CPA Examination Services Minnesota Coordinator in Nashville, Tennessee. The application fee will be $175 and the exam fees will be $729.08 for a total of $904.08. 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
    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 month is non-testing, the NTS covers four testing months.
  • Schedule your exam
    Your NTS allows you to start scheduling your exams. You can sit for the exam parts in any sequence so you can plan your reviews to coincide with your exam scheduling. The most efficient approach is to sit for two parts in each exam window; however, exam fees paid for parts not taken are not refundable. Exam times are scheduled with Prometric and can be set up online at www.prometric.com/cpa. You can take the exam at a site in Duluth, Edina, Rochester, Woodbury, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.