Connecticut 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 Connecticut. See the charts below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination


Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Accounting Coursework

24 semester hours in accounting

Business Coursework

22 semester hours which may include accounting and/or business subjects with at least 3 semester hours in business law, 3 semester hours in economics, and 3 semester hours in finance.

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours


Additional Exam Information

Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Candidates must complete the degree requirements in addition to the accounting and business course requirements.

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 Connecticut. 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

36 semester hours in accounting

Business Coursework

30 semester hours in economics or business courses other than accounting including 3 semester hours in business law, 3 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in finance. 

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 full-time accounting experience.


Additional information can be found on the Connecticut State Board of 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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