Montana CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for Montana? 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 Montana, 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 Montana CPA requirements. For example, did you know that a social security number is not required to sit for the exam?

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in MT 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 Montana


  • 24 units of accounting study (non-introductory courses)
  • 24 units of non-accounting, general business courses
  • Note: A Bachelor’s Degree and 150 semester hours is required when applying for licensure (but neither are required to sit for the exam)
  • Specifics for required courses and semester hours. See full education requirements on the Montana Board of Accountancy website.

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Montana State Requirements & Education Options

Eligibility for Examination

As a first-time applicant, you must have:

  • Completed at least 24 semester hours of upper division or graduate level accounting courses, including at least one course in each of the following subject areas:
    • Financial Accounting
    • Auditing
    • Taxation
    • Management Accounting, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in business related courses, such as:
    • Information Systems
    • Business Law
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • Marketing
    • Ethics
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Quantitative Applications in Business
    • Communications Skills

All educational requirements must be met at the time of application. Official educational transcript(s) and/or foreign evaluations are required to be submitted to CPAES directly from the academic institution(s) or the evaluation service.

An upper-division course is normally defined as a course taken at the junior or senior level and would exclude introductory courses in accounting. One quarter unit or hour of credit is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester unit or hour.


US citizenship is not required.
Montana residency is not required.


NO Age Requirements.

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $245.00
Audit: $208.40
Financial: $208.40
Regulation: $208.40
Business: $208.40
Total: $1,078.60

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

Contact Information:
Montana State Board of Public Accountants
Phone: 406-841-2300

301 South Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513

CPA License Requirements in Montana


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience is required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is not required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.

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

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