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Minnesota CPA Exam Requirements


For Candidates in Minnesota that have not Taken the Uniform CPA Exam

The Minnesota Board of Accountancy was born out of the Minnesota Society of Public Accountants more than 100 years ago. The board is now made up of nine members, including seven CPAs and two public members that serve four-year terms. Each individual member serves on at least two of the five subcommittees dedicated to holding CPA candidates to rigorous qualification standards and upholding the merit of the CPA credential in the state.

Candidates taking the CPA exam in Minnesota must apply directly through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy after meeting the board’s requirements for candidacy.

Education Requirements

There is NO 150 semester hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in Minnesota.

*Today’s CPAs are expected to look beyond the numbers and serve as strategic leaders in business. Capella University offers online programs at two levels that provide a business education while also giving you the accounting skills you need to prepare for the Uniform CPA Exam:

*Accredited online master’s programs in accounting are helping to make the 150 semester hours required for a CPA license more accessible than ever. The AICPA recognizes Master of Science in Accounting programs as providing bachelor’s degree holders with the most direct path to earning the additional credit hours required for CPA licensure.

One of the following education requirements must be met before taking the CPA exam Minnesota:

  • Earn a graduate degree with an accounting concentration from an accounting program that holds a level three accreditation

OR

  • Earn a graduate degree from a college of business that holds a level two accreditation including:
    • A minimum of 24 undergraduate semester hours OR 15 graduate-level semester hours in accounting courses covering:
      • Auditing
      • Financial accounting
      • Management accounting
      • Taxation

OR

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from a college of business that holds level two accreditation including:
    • A minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting courses covering:
      • Auditing
      • Financial accounting
      • Management accounting
      • Taxation
    • At least 24 semester hours in business classes

OR

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university including:
    • A minimum of 24 semester hours in upper-level accounting courses covering:
      • Auditing
      • Financial accounting
      • Management accounting
      • Taxation

General Requirements

  • Applicants must be a resident of, employed in, or working in Minnesota within 90 days of completing the CPA exam
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be sent to CPAES
    • Transcripts must be issued by the office of the registrar

Fee Requirements

The following fees must be paid before taking the CPA exam in Minnesota:

  • Application fee – $175
  • Registration fee
    • All four examination sections – $145
    • Three examination sections – $130
    • Two examination sections – $115
    • One examination section – $100
  • Examination Fees
    • Auditing and Attestation (AUD) – $192.03
    • Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) – $192.03
    • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) – $172.51
    • Regulation (REG) – $172.51

Prometric testing centers in Minnesota are located in the following cities:

  • Duluth
  • Bloomington
  • Woodbury
  • Rochester

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