Louisiana 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 Louisiana. See the charts below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination


Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.

Accounting Coursework 

24 semester hours* beyond introductory courses to include 6 semester hours in intermediate accounting, 3 semester hours in cost accounting, 3 hours in income tax, and 3 hours in auditing. At least 3 semester hours with a maximum of 9 semester hours in advanced financial accounting, not for profit/governmental accounting, or auditing theory.

Business Coursework

24 semester hours in business subjects to include 3 semester hours of business law exclusively covering Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and forms of commercial transactions.

Total Credit Hours

120 semester hours

* Or 21 semester hours at the graduate level.


Additional Exam Information

Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam

Must have completed the degree requirement in addition to the accounting and business course requirements.

Application Documents

Application documents found on board website.


The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Louisiana. 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

Ethics Coursework

Not required

Total Credit Hours

150 semester hours


Experience Requirements for Licensure

Minimum Work Experience

At least one-year of full-time accounting experience.


Additional information can be found on the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana 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 licensure@wgu.edu 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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