Michigan CPA Exam & License Requirements

Michigan CPA Exam & License Requirements

  •  Updated:June 26, 2019
  • Bryce Welker, CPA
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The Michigan State Board of Accountancy requires specific audit experience to obtain a CPA license.  The overall requirements are less demanding than other states however this experience requirement may be difficult if you do not work in a CPA firm or government agency.

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

  1. No minimum age requirement
  2. US citizenship NOT required
  3. State residency NOT required
  1. need 150 hours to be granted certificate but do not need 150 to sit for exam
  2. bachelor’s degree or higher
  3. Minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in accounting course credit which must include one course in each of the following subjects: auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting systems and controls, U.S. taxation, and government/fund accounting
  4. Have completed 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in general business subjects

Michigan CPA Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Michigan is $743 plus the initial $147 application fee.  The re-examination application fee vary between$63 – $117 based on the number of CPA exam sections.

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:$147

Additional CPA Requirements

  1. 1 year (2,000 hours) of work experience, supervised and verified by an active CPA licensee
  2. Experience obtained in ONE financial audit, review, or compilation  in a CPA firm or governmental agency, under the supervision of a CPA licensee

MI Exam Information and Resources

In addition to the above requirements, there are a few more in order to obtain a CPA license:

  1. Pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam with a score of 75 or higher
  2. Pass the CPA ethics exam administered by the AICPA
  3. Pay the $100 certification fee
  4. Submit all required paperwork

For more information please visit:
NASBA – Michigan CPA Exam
Michigan CPA Experience Requirements
First-Time Michigan CPA Candidates


Michigan Board of Accountancy
Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909-7518

Phone: 517-241-9249   
  Fax: 517-373-2162

What’s Next?

Now that you have started the CPA exam application process, your next step is to find the right CPA review course that best 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!

  • Jennifer Bennett
    Posted at 5 April, 2018 18:04 PM Reply

    THIS INFORMATION IS INCOMPLETE.If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you must have 30 credits of accounting and 39 credits of “general business” (which is limited to specific topics). I met every requirement listed above, but only had 27 credits of general business; as a result, Michigan would not license me.I think this is extremely important for “non-traditional” candidates to know because you will want to hang y0urself when you get the letter telling you all of your hard work, the time you gave up studying for and passing the exams, the money you paid - it’s not good enough.

    • Anyi
      Posted at 26 June, 2016 18:23 PM Reply

      Hi, I am kinda in a confused position. I did my undergrad in Nigeria and masters in the US (majored in accounting all through). However, I am in the process of applying to see if I qualify to sit for the exam. But no place shows me what the very first application process is. I know I have to contact my school in Nigeria to send my transcripts to one of the foreign eval offices. However, I don't know if they send the results to MI CPA or they send it to me to attach to an application which I don't seem to see on any site how to begin the process. It's quite a confusing position.If you can tell me what the first step is I'd greatly appreciate it.- Anyi

      • usman
        Posted at 6 October, 2013 11:52 AM Reply

        Hi , I am an international student having done ACCA affiliate with BSC HONS in applied accounting from OBU of UK. plz advise which state i can be eligible for CPA exam. many thanks

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