Montana CPA Requirements

 

 

Montana 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 Montana. See the sections below for these requirements.

 

Education Requirements for CPA Examination

  • Degree: Baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Accounting Coursework: 24 semester hours in upper division accounting courses to include 3 semester hours in each of the following: financial accounting; auditing; taxation; and management accounting.
  • Business Coursework: 24 semester hours in business related subjects.
  • Total Credit Hours: 120 semester hours
  • Additional Exam Information
    • Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam: Complete the degree requirement and the accounting and business course requirements.
    • Application Documents: Application documents found on the board website (opens new window).

 

Education Requirements for CPA Licensure

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Montana. 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: Must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.
  • Total Credit Hours: 150 semester hours
  • Experience Requirements for Licensure
    • Minimum Work Experience: One-year of accounting experience to include at least 2,000 hours.

 

Additional information can be found on the Montana Board of Public Accountants (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 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.

 

2/2019

Version history
Revision #:
9 of 9
Last update:
‎11-07-2019 11:21 AM
Updated by:
 
Labels (1)