Texas CPA Requirements

To obtain CPA licensure, you must meet the three Es: Education, Experience, and Exam. Following are the specific requirements for examination and licensing in Texas.


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


Education and Experience Requirements for CPA Examination and Licensure

  • Degree: Baccalaureate or higher degree from a TSBPA Board-recognized US college or university.
  • Accounting Coursework: 30 semester hours in upper division accounting courses to include 2 semester hours of accounting or tax research and analysis. 15 of these hours must be completed in a “face-to-face” setting.
    Note: WGU programs are delivered online and do not meet the Texas “face-to-face” requirement.
  • Business Coursework: 24 semester hours in upper division business related subjects to include 2 semester hours of accounting or business communications.
  • Ethics Coursework: 3 semester hours from a board-approved ethics course (list of approved courses (opens new window)) in a face-to-face setting. 
    Note: WGU’s ethics courses are not included in the list of board-approved courses.
  • Total Credit Hours: 150 semester hours
  • Additional Exam Information
    • Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam: Complete all education requirements and background check.
    • Application Documents: Application documents found on the board website (opens new window).
  • Experience Requirements for Licensure
    • Minimum Work Experience: At least one year full-time or two years part-time attest or accounting services experience. Self-employment may not be used unless approved by the board.


Additional information can be found on the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (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.



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