Mississippi CPA Exam Requirements


Education Requirements

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

Additional Educational Requirements

  • Minimum of 24 semester hours in upper division or graduate level accounting and must include a minimum of 3 semester hours in Financial Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, Management/Cost Accounting and Government/Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Minimum of 24 hours in upper division or graduate level business related courses


Need 150 hours to be granted licensure, but do not need 150 to sit for exam.

Must be a resident of Mississippi, except when proctored by another jurisdiction.

Residency Requirements

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

Age Requirements

Age Minimum: None

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Mississippi CPA Exam Requirements exam fees

Initial Application Fee: $150
Audit: $193.45
Financial: $193.45
Regulation: $173.60
Business: $173.60
Total: $884.10

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

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Mississippi CPA Exam Requirements state board contacts

Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy
5 Old River Place
Suite 104
Jackson, MS 39202-3449

Web: www.msbpa.ms.gov/Pages/Home.aspx
Phone: 601-354-7320
Fax: 601-354-7290

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Mississippi CPA Exam Requirements Application Process

  • Review exam requirements

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

    1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with 120 credit hours, and

    2. a minimum of 24 hours in upper-division or graduate level Accounting to include 3 hours in financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management/cost accounting and government/not-for-profit accounting, and

    3. a minimum of 24 hours in upper-division or graduate level business courses.

  • Submit your exam application, enroll in Becker
    If you meet the educational requirements, submit your application to the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy using the link provided in the Becker website. The application fee will be $150. The State Board will also collect the exam fees of $734.10. 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 or online to accommodate the needs of all candidates.
  • Request and forward your transcripts
    Contact any educational institutions attended and request that transcripts be forwarded to the State Board 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, the State Board 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 Jackson, Tupelo, or any other Prometric location that is convenient to you.