Missouri CPA Requirements for Exam and Licensing

Missouri CPA requirementsMissouri has a relatively strict educational requirement: 33 credit hours for accounting and an additional 27 hours in general business. Candidates are required to fulfill 150  credit hours in order to sit for the CPA exam.

Please also note that only local residents are granted CPA license in this state.

Missouri CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the Exam

  • Bachelor degree or above with accounting concentration
  • 150 semester units from an accredited university or educational institution
  • Accounting courses: 33 semester units, including:
    • at least 18 units in upper division accounting (junior/senior level)
    • 1 course in auditing
  • General business courses: 27 semester units e.g. marketing, management, economics, finance

Special Note: May sit 60 days prior to meeting educational requirements.

2. Additional Missouri CPA Requirements to Obtain the License


  • None.

Work Experience

  • 1 year of either public or non-public accounting experience.
  • Part-time work is accepted as long as it totals 2,000 hours of accounting experience completed between 1 to 3 years.
  • The application does not specify that the experience has to be supervised by this CPA, but please double check with the State Board on the details.

Ethics Qualification

3. Missouri CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required.
  • Candidate must be a resident, employee, or keep an office in the state.
  • Minimum age: 21.

4. Fees

  • First-timers: $723 (4 CPA exam fees) + $132 (initial application fee)

5. Continuing Education

CPE is required for license holders. Please click here for Missouri CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Missouri State Board of Accountancy
PO Box 613
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0613

  • Email: cpaes-mo@nasba.org, mosba@pr.mo.gov
  • Phone: 573-751-0012
  • Fax: 573-751-0890

Can’t Get Qualified In Missouri?

Don’t give up, as you may well be qualified to register through other states and sit for the same CPA exam — check out the other states’ CPA exam & licensing requirements here.

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* 1 semester = 1.5 quarters; photograph courtesy of stuseeger