New Jersey CPA Requirements
Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for New Jersey? 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 New Jersey, 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 New Jersey CPA requirements. For example, did you know that you need to be at least 18 years old in order to sit for the exam?
Please note that obtaining a CPA license in NJ 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 New Jersey
- Bachelor’s degree is required.
- 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam. 150 hours required for licensure.
- Specifics for required courses and semester hours. See full education requirements on the New Jersey Board of Accountancy website.
New Jersey State Requirements & Education Options
Eligibility for Examination
You may qualify for the Exam based on the following requirements:
- Completed at least 150 semester hours of general college level education, and
- Completed a baccalaureate or higher degree including one of the following
- Earned a graduate degree with a concentration in accounting from an accounting program or department which has been granted accreditation in accounting by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP);
- Earned a graduate degree from a business school or college of business which has been granted accreditation in business by the AACSB or ACBSP, and completed one of the following:
- At least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level; or
- At least 15 semester hours in accounting at the graduate level which included coursework in financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting;
- An equivalent combination of undergraduate and graduate level accounting coursework based upon a 3:2 ratio such that three credit hours at the undergraduate level are equivalent to two credit hours at the graduate level.
- Earned a baccalaureate degree from a business school or college of business which has been granted accreditation in business by the AACSB or ACBSP and completed each of the following:
- At least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or the graduate level, which included coursework in financial accounting, auditing, taxation and managerial accounting; and
- At least 24 semester hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate level;
- – Earned a baccalaureate or higher degree from an institution which has been granted regional accreditation and completed each of the following:
- At least 30 semester hours in accounting, which included coursework in financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting; and
- At least 24 semester hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate or graduate level.
US citizenship is not required.
New Jersey residency is not required.
18 Years Old
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CPA License Requirements in New Jersey
Continuing education is required.
Work experience is required.
Social Security Number is required.
Pass the AICPA Ethics Exam.
Getting your CPA license in New Jersey can mean that additional requirements must be met. Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the New Jersey State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.