Massachusetts CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Massachusetts? Each state or region in the United States has a different set of requirements in order to sit for the test. If you are considering Massachusetts, you should first understand if you meet all of the necessary qualifications including education, residency, and age requirements. Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all Massachusetts CPA requirements. For example, did you know that your semester hours need to include business courses such as business law, finance and information systems?

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in MA may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.

The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in November 2017.

CPA Exam Requirements in Massachusetts


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • 120 semester hours and a BA degree is required within 90 days of sitting for the exam.
  • Individual requirements for accounting semester hours and business semester hours.
  • See full education requirements on the Massachusetts Board of Accountancy website.

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Massachusetts State Requirements & Education Options

Eligibility for Examination

In order to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination for the State of Massachusetts, you must be 18 years of age or older, and:

  • Have completed 120 of the 150 semester hours (or 180 of the 225 quarter hours) of college or university education from a nationally or regionally accredited institution as required for licensure certification by 252 CMR 2.07(2)(a), AND
  • Include 21 semester hours of accounting courses including coverage in:
    • financial auditing
    • auditing
    • taxation
    • management/cost accounting, AND
  • Include 9 semester hours of business courses including coverage in:
    • business law,
    •  finance,
    • information systems, AND
  • Obtain a bachelor’s degree.

All educational documents including official school transcripts, Certificates of Enrollment, and/or foreign evaluations with foreign transcripts are required to be submitted to CPAES.


US citizenship is not required.
Massachusetts residency is not required.


Minimum age:
18 Years Old

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $195.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $1,028.60

*Registration fee for re-examination depends on the number of parts you are retaking.

Contact Information:
Massachusetts Board of Registration in Public Accountancy
Phone: 617-727-1806

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100

CPA License Requirements in Massachusetts


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

Getting your CPA license in Massachusetts can mean that additional requirements must be met. Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the Massachusetts State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.

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