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I would like to take the CPA examination. What are the state of Texas requirements?

The applicant must meet specific education requirements before an application for the CPA examination can be filed.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree conferred by an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Board; and
  • Successfully completed at least 150 semester hours of college credit; and
  • Successfully completed at least 30 semester hours of upper-division accounting coursework, beyond the first two semesters of elementary accounting as defined by Board rule. At least 15 of these hours must result from physical attendance at classes meeting regularly on the campus of any transcript-institute institution. The requirement that coursework must be classified as upper-division becomes effective January 1, 2004.

  • Successfully completed at least 21 semester hours of upper-division related business coursework as defined by Board rule. The requirement that coursework must be classified as upper-division becomes effective July 1, 2005.
  • Successfully completed a 3 semester hour ethics course in a traditional classroom setting that includes ethical reasoning, integrity, objectivity, independence and other core values as defined by Board rule. (Effective July 1, 2005) (Review the current list of Board-approved ethics classes.)

Please contact Dr. James Hamill, Department Head for full details.

Read more about the CPA exam at Texas State Board of Accountancy.

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