Massachusetts CPA Exam & License Requirements

Massachusetts CPA Exam & License Requirements

  •  Updated:March 19, 2019
  • Bryce Welker, CPA
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Massachusetts requires 150 credit hours to earn a CPA license, however you may sit for the CPA exam with only 120 credit hours.  The work experience requirement for a MA CPA license are 1 year of public accounting experience at a public firm or three years of accountancy experience at a non-public firm under the supervision of a licensed CPA.

To be eligible to sit for the CPA exam students must first fulfill these qualifications and requirements:

  1. Minimum age: 18
  2. U.S. Residency NOT Required
  3. State Residency NOT required

Education Requirements Before Sitting For MA CPA Exam

  1. Bachelor degree or above
  2. 120 semester units from an accredited university or educational institution (150 required for license)
  3. Accounting Courses: 21 semester units (financial accounting, cost accounting, auditing, taxation)
  4. Business Courses: 9 semester units (business law, finance and information systems)

*Important Note: You must have completed all the requirements for your bachelor’s degree before you may sit for the exam

MA CPA License Requirements

  • 150 semester units from an accredited university or institution
  • 30 semester hours of undergraduate accounting courses or 18 semester hours of graduate courses for licensure

*Important Note: You have 3 years from the time you receive notice of passing all 4 sections of the exam to meet the educational requirements for CPA licensure

Work Experience
  • 1 year of public accounting experience at a public firm or at least three years of accountancy experience at a non-public firm under the supervision of a licensed CPA
Ethics Exam
  • No Requirement

Massachusetts CPA Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Massachusetts is $743 plus the initial $195 application fee.  The re-examination registration fees vary depending on the number of sections you are signing up for.

Auditing and Attestation (AUD)$195.35
Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)$176.25
Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)$195.35
Regulation (REG)$176.25
Application Fee:$195

**Important Note: You should not apply and pay for exam sections that will not be taken within six months because your Notice to Schedule (NTS) in Massachusetts expires 6 months after issuance.

Additional CPA Requirements

  1. Pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam with a score of 75% or higher
  2. Complete verified accounting work experience
  3. Fill out and submit all required CPA license application paperwork
  4. Pay the CPA license application fee

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Boston,  MA  02118-6100
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What’s Next?

Now that you have started the CPA exam application process, your next step is to find a CPA review course that fits your budget, learning style and schedule.

It can take several weeks for your application to be processed so don’t waste that valuable time waiting to hear back from your state board.  If you start studying now you will get a nice jump start on the material and will be better prepared to pass your first CPA exam!

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  • Jack
    Posted at 11 February, 2019 08:14 AM Reply

    Is Information Systems a required course for business?I have 60 finance course hours, but I don't believe I ever took an information systems course... Was this a required class to sit or just an example of the types of classes?Thanks!

    • Bryce Welker, CPA
      Posted at 13 February, 2019 06:28 AM Reply

      Just an example of one type of class for that category!Cheers, Bryce

    • Audrey
      Posted at 25 March, 2017 00:22 AM Reply

      Hello, I just passed all parts of the CPA exam but I was registered in New York State. Can I transfer my credits to Massachusetts to get the Non-Reporting License because I hold a Master Degree in Accounting. Besides, for the work experience requirements, is that required that the verifier must be your direct supervisor?Thanks!

      • BWelk
        Posted at 28 March, 2017 16:55 PM Reply

        Check out this article about the mobility of the CPA license and how mobilty can be applied to you–

      • Mayank Saxena
        Posted at 6 June, 2016 16:23 PM Reply

        Hello, I am an Indian CA- Student, currently in my training phase. I am a holder of Bachelor and Masters in commerce degree from an Indian University(i.e. I have 150 hours credit). I also have 3 years of experience(CA-training) in auditing and advisory department of a big4. Will this training qualifies for CPA experience requirements?And as I hold graduate degree, will i get exemption from practical training?

        • BWelk
          Posted at 7 June, 2016 21:58 PM Reply

          Can anyone here help Mayank with this specific question?

        • Anna
          Posted at 11 March, 2016 00:12 AM Reply

          Hello,Can I sit for the cpa Exam without an auditing course but having everything else that is required? I have a bachelor's in business, have 18 credits in accounting instead of 21.Thanks. Anna .

          • BWelk
            Posted at 31 March, 2016 20:18 PM Reply

            I'm not sure Anna, can anyone else here help her out??

          • Tim
            Posted at 25 August, 2015 16:18 PM Reply

            I have been working for a small accounting firm for over a year. The owner is a CPA, but it is in an inactive status. We have not done audits in our office and focus primarily on preparing personal tax returns. We also do estate, trust, and corporate returns.Is that sufficient for the public accounting experience?

            • BWelk
              Posted at 2 September, 2015 02:40 AM Reply

              In California your work experience has to be signed off by an active CPA license holder.. does anyone else here know if Massachusetts has the same rule?

            • Gregory
              Posted at 19 May, 2014 03:56 AM Reply

              I have 200+ college credits: 2 bachelor degrees (one in Finance) and an MBA, but I wonder if I am short on Accounting credits. During undergrad, I see Cost, Financial, and Managerial Accounting (3 credits ea = 9). During Grad School, I see Financial & Managerial Accounting (4 credits ea = 8). How many credit hrs am I short? Thanks!

              • Priscilla
                Posted at 24 April, 2014 14:27 PM Reply

                Hi, I have a bachelor's degree in a non-business related field. I am done with my 30 credits in accounting, but will have yet to complete the required business courses. My plan is to take the 9 credits in business initially. Can I sit for the exam with a degree (150 credit hours), 30 credit hours of accounting, and 9 credit hours of business? I am confused with the requirements. Thanks.

                • BWelk
                  Posted at 28 April, 2014 12:38 PM Reply

                  Hi Priscilla,Yes you could sit for the exam with a bachelor's degree, 30 credit hours of accounting, and 9 credit hours of qualified business classes.

                • song
                  Posted at 25 March, 2014 03:49 AM Reply

                  To whom my concern :I am a undergraduate student at UNLV Nevada. I will be graduate with total 124 hrs at accounting major in this summer 2014. If I move to MA around Sep 2014. What is specific requirements or any need to be noticed for sitting to CPA exam in MA? Please advise. Appreciate !

                  • Bryce
                    Posted at 27 March, 2014 14:57 PM Reply

                    Song,You would be able to sit for the MA CPA exam with 124 credits as long as you fulfilled all the required accounting and business courses above.Cheers,Bryce