Arkansas CPA Requirement



Arkansas CPA Requirement

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 Arkansas. See the sections below for these requirements.



Education Requirements for CPA Examination

  • Degree: Baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited four-year degree granting university.
  • Accounting Coursework: 30 semester hours of undergraduate accounting courses above the introductory level or 20 semester hours of graduate level accounting courses or a combination thereof. Accounting subjects must include coverage of the following: financial accounting; management accounting; federal taxation; auditing and attestation; and accounting information systems.
  • Business Coursework: At least 30 semester hours of undergraduate courses in business (excluding accounting) or 20 semester hours of graduate business courses or a combination thereof with a grade of C or higher.
  • Total Credit Hours: 120 semester hours
  • Additional Exam Information
    • Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam: Must meet the degree requirement and the accounting and business course requirements.
    • 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 Arkansas. 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.

  • Ethics Coursework: Not required
  • Total Credit Hours: 150 semester hours
  • Experience Requirements for Licensure: At least one-year of accounting experience.

Additional information can be found on the Arkansas State 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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