Georgia 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 Georgia. See the charts below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination


Baccalaureate degree or higher with a concentration in accounting from a regionally accredited university.

Accounting Coursework

20 semester hours in accounting courses above the introductory level.

Business Coursework

Not required

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours



Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Must have completed the degree requirement and accounting coursework 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 Georgia. 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

30 semester hours in accounting courses above the introductory level.

Business Coursework

24 semester hours in business related subjects.

Ethics Coursework

Not required

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours



Minimum Work Experience

At least one-year full-time experience with a minimum of 2,000 hours.


Additional information can be found on the Georgia 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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