Alaska CPA Requirements



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 sections below for these requirements.



Education Requirements for CPA Examination

  • Degree: 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 (opens new window).


Education and Experience Requirements for CPA Licensure

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.

  • 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 (opens new window) website.


Note:  Completing a WGU degree program does not guarantee employment or licensure in any profession. Requirements for licensure in accounting vary from state to state. For example, some states require a background check that may disqualify you from obtaining a license if you have committed certain actions, crimes, or misdemeanors. 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.  Although the Licensure team can provide initial guidance, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to continually check with the state licensing board where you intend to seek licensure to confirm all licensing requirements.





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