Alaska CPA Requirements

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.

Accounting Coursework

15 semester hours in accounting subjects

Business Coursework

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.

Application Documents

Application documents found on the board website.


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

Accounting Coursework

24 semester hours in accounting subjects

Business Coursework

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

Ethics Coursework

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.  


Additional information can be found on the Alaska Board of Public Accountancy website.


Note: Students should contact WGU Business Licensure at 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. 



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