To obtain CPA licensure, you must meet the three Es: Education, Experience, and Exam. Following are the specific requirements for examination and licensing in Illinois.
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Illinois. The combination of the BSAC and the Master of Accounting (MACC) program meets the education requirements for CPA examination and licensure.Students must complete the following to be eligible to sit for the examination and to be licensed.
Education Requirements for CPA Examination and Licensure
Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited educational institution.
30 semester hours in accounting to include financial accounting, auditing, taxation, management accounting, and 2 semester hours in research and analysis in accounting.
24 semester hours to include 2 semester hours business communication and 3 semester hours in business ethics.
Complete 3 semester hours in business ethics as listed above and must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.
Total Credit Hours
150 semester hours
Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam
Must have completed the degree requirement and accounting and business course requirements.
Note: Students should contact WGU Business Licensure at email@example.com 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.