Wisconsin CPA Requirements


Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin. See the sections below for these requirements.


Education Requirements for CPA Examination

  • Degree: Baccalaureate or higher degree with a major in accounting, or the reasonable equivalent of an accounting concentration, from a regionally accredited university.
  • Accounting Coursework: 24 semester hours* in accounting course to include 3 semester hours in each of the following: financial accounting; auditing; taxation; management accounting; and accounting information systems. 
  • Business Coursework: 24 semester hours* in business courses to include coverage of the following subjects: economics; finance; statistics or data analytics; business law; and information technology.
  • Total Credit Hours: 120 semester hours
  • Additional Exam Information
    • Prior to Sitting for the Uniform CPA Exam: Meet all education requirements.
    • Application Documents: Application documents found on the board website (opens new window).

*NoteOr 15 semester hours in graduate level courses.


Education and Experience Requirements for CPA Licensure

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSAC) program alone does not meet the education requirements to be licensed in Wisconsin. 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 an online examination on the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules.
  • Total Credit Hours: 150 semester hours
  • Experience Requirements for Licensure
    • Minimum Work Experience: One-year of accounting experience earned after completion of the degree requirement.


Additional information can be found on the Wisconsin Accounting Examining Board (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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