CPA Eligibility

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Due to the effects of COVID-19, the Mitchell College of Business graduate programs will be temporarily waving all GRE and GMAT requirements for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admissions. 

To sit for the CPA Examination in the State of Alabama, an individual must possess at least a baccalaureate degree that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies, such as the organization that provides accreditation for the University of South Alabama – Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) – and have completed at least 120 semester hours of college work. The 120 semester hours must include at least 24 semester hours of general business courses other than accounting (i.e., marketing, management, finance, economics, etc.), at least 3 hours of business law focusing on the Uniform Commercial Code, and 24 semester hours of accounting courses specified by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy. Upon passing the CPA Examination, undergraduate candidates must complete 9 additional semester hours of accounting, 3 additional semester hours of general business, and accumulate a total of 150 semester hours of coursework.

Candidates who hold the Master of Accounting degree from an accounting program that is separately accredited in accounting by AACSB International are considered to meet all the educational requirements to sit for the CPA Examination in the State of Alabama.

Additional requirements, including practical experience, are necessary in order to be licensed to practice public accounting. Contact the Chair of the Department of Accounting for more details.