To obtain CPA licensure, you must meet the three Es: Education, Experience and Exam. Please note there are different accounting and business education requirements for examination and licensure in Alaska. See the charts below for these requirements.
Education Requirements for CPA Examination
Baccalaureate degree conferred by a college or university acceptable to the board.
15 semester hours in accounting subjects
3 semester hours in business law, 3 semester hours in economics, 3 semester hours in math, statistics or computer science
Total Credit Hours
120 semester hours
Additional Exam Information
Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam
Students must complete the undergraduate degree requirements or be within 18 semester hours of meeting the degree requirements having completed at least 15 semester hours of accounting subjects.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Alaska. The combination of the BSAC and the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program meets the education requirements for CPA examination and licensure.In addition to the requirements listed above, students must complete the following to be licensed.
Education Requirements for CPA Licensure
24 semester hours in accounting subjects
24 semester hours to include the following: 3 semester hours in business law, 3 semester hours in economics, and 3 semester hours in math, statistics, and/or computer science
Must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.
Total Credit Hours
150 semester hours
Experience Requirements for Licensure
Minimum Work Experience
At least two-years of accounting experience under the direct supervision of a certified public accountant.
Note: Students should contact WGU Business Licensure at email@example.com prior to contacting their State Board of Accountancy regarding education and experience requirements. The Licensure team is available to students and alumni for all accounting licensure questions and advisement.