How Indian BCOM or CA Takes US CPA Exam: Issues + Solutions

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This article was originally written for Indian BCOM holders, but it is applicable to all aspiring CPA with a 3-year degree.

Are you an Indian BCOM CPA candidate who wishes to get take the CPA exam in the United States? Is your BCOM and CA degree not enough to get you qualified to take the exam? Have you tried several State Boards and credential evaluators but still can’t get a favorable response?

Let’s discuss the challenges and possible solutions on how to get you qualify to sit for the US CPA Exam.

(If you have a MCOM or relevant master’s degree, you are most likely eligible for the CPA exam. Please proceed to read this post on how to start the application process)

A Post Dedicated to Indian BCOM CPA Candidates

Being an Indian Chartered Accountant is a great accomplishment and I’d like to commend you on that, but getting pass the US-centric CPA exam requirements can be frustrating. Let me help you  go over the steps one by one.

Basic Requirement

All CPA candidates are expected to fulfill the “3E” requirements: Education, Exam and Experience.

Each state board has slightly different rules, but in general, the steps are:

  • Obtain a “standard” bachelor degree (in the US, this means 4 years or more), together with 150 credit hour of general higher education. Students typically get 30 credit hours in each academic year. This means state boards are looking for 5 years, but some of these can be from non-degree courses from US regionally accredited universities.
  • Pass the CPA exam. There are 4 parts to be completed within 18 months
  • Fulfill your experience requirement and get properly verified

1A. The 4-Year Bachelor Degree Rule


The tertiary degree system in India is different from that of the US – the bachelor program in India is 3 years, versus 4 years in the US.

Because of this, Indian CPA candidates cannot fulfill the first requirement of obtaining a 4-year bachelor degree.

In the past, there have been 3 solutions:

(a) Apply through Delaware

For years Delaware was the only state that recognizes “associate degree” including 3-year non-US bachelor degree. However, Delaware has changed its rules in August 2012.

Nowadays no state board allows associate degree or 3-year degree holders to get the CPA license.

(b) Apply through Colorado or Michigan

Colorado and Michigan used to recognize CA certificate as a prerequisite to sit for the exam, and many Indian candidates applied through them. However, they have since changed the interpretation of the rules in 2009 and 2012 respectively and it no longer works.

(c) Apply through a few states that recognize Indian Chartered Accountancy

The CA certificate is recognized as a 4-year bachelor equivalent in the US by some states (e.g. New Hampshire, Montana, Colorado). However, since 2012 they have also changed the interpretation of their rules.

The Solution

It is a big challenge for B.COM with or without CA to pass this rule.

  • If you have B.COM only and are serious about getting your CPA qualification, I suggest that you take a 2-year master’s degree in accounting, e.g. MCOM. At this stage I can’t see an easy way out.
  • If  you have B.COM + CA, it may work*, but the process is complicated. I suggest you think through all the pros and cons, then seek help from an expert called Leslie-Anne. You can find her contact at the end of this post.

* Leslie-Anne RogeresAlaska, Guam, Colorado, Maine and Ohio may still accept partial or full Indian CA credits. Please double check with the state boards before applying, or contact Leslie-Anne for assistance.

1B. The 150 Credit Hour Rule


One year of university typically equals to 90 credit hours. For a 3-year B.COM degree, you get 90 credit hours.

In the past, a CA certificate gave you an additional of around 40 credit hours. With  90+40=130 credit hours you can get qualified for a few states. However, since 2012 chartered accountancy has been considered a “experience qualification” rather than an “academic qualification” and most state boards no longer grant credits towards the educational requirements.


Fortunately there are solutions to this rule. If you have:

(a) BCOM + related master’s (e.g. MCOM or Master’s in Accounting or tax), it is counted as 3+2 years = 5 years. You are fine and can start the application process.

(b) If you have BCOM + non-accounting master’s (e.g. MBA), you may need to take additional accounting courses to fulfill the minimum accounting requirements. To determine if this is necessary, get a credential evaluation report.

(c) If you are BCOM + Indian CA, explore whether it’s worth the effort to get the US CPA. If the answer is yes, contact Leslie-Anne for assistance (link at the end of this page).

(d) 4-year degree or equivalent (e.g. BCOM + 1 year of master’s), you can make up for the remaining 30 credit hours with non-degree courses. Click here for further instruction.

For (b), (c) and (d), there will be extra time, money and effort involved, but it is doable.

1C. Applying for the CPA Exam


If you are fine with 1A and 1B above, you should be able to find a state that you can qualify.

Once a State Board is chosen, the next step is to send your Indian transcripts and marksheets to the foreign credential evaluation agency.

Whether the evaluation is required depends on where you get the education, and not your nationality. For example, if you are an Indian international student graduated from a US university, no evaluation is needed. On the other hand, if you are a US citizen studying abroad for a year, then you need to submit an evaluation report for that year.

The evaluators will normally send the report directly to state board (please double check with them). For the portion of education you may have obtained in the US, please arrange the transcript to be sent directly from your school to the state board.

Tips: make sure your name is consistent in different reports. I believe they file the application documents by name.

Common Questions

1. Which evaluator should I use?

The State Board of your chosen state should indicate which evaluators you can pick from. Some allow you to choose anyone that is a member of the evaluator’s association, while others only recognizes one, e.g. NIES for New Hampshire.

While some evaluators seem to be slightly lenient in terms of giving you more credit hours, I don’t have a personal recommendation. Depending on your needs you can pick either the cheapest or the fastest.

I went through FACS myself. They were cheaper and reliable but back then they took the longest time.

You can get more information on these evaluation agencies here.

2. How many credit hours do you think I can get?

Even the professional evaluators need time to review your school and specific subjects before making a decision. Please understand that I can’t give you a quick answer. I don’t have the expertise to evaluate transcripts so even if you send me one I won’t be able to help.


You will have to make some commitment i.e. to pay the evaluators for a professional evaluation. It costs anywhere from $100-300. Express service is available but will incur extra cost.

Some states offer pre-evaluation service which will show you which courses you lack. I think it is a good idea if you aren’t sure whether you can get qualified for that state.

2. Taking the CPA Exam

(a) Getting the NTS

Once your application is approved, the state board will email/send out a Notice To Schedule (NTS) that allows you to schedule your exam at a chosen prometric center.

(b) Selecting a Testing Center

You can register in one state and physically take the exam in another. For example, the Virginia requirements is favorable for you and you register there, but you want to stay at relative’s house in San Francisco. You can certainly take the exam in California.

Since September 2014, Indian citizens and permanent residents can sit for the exam in the Middle East. Please be aware of the certain restriction of taking exams outside of US jurisdiction. See “Note on CPA Exam International Sites” below.

(c) Preparing for the Exam

This is in fact an “easier” step for most international candidates, because, things are finally somewhat under your control 🙂

I have a page on the top 5 CPA review courses for your reference.

3. Experience Requirement

This is an important consideration for picking the right state BEFORE you apply for the exam.


This is often another bottle neck for Indian and other international candidates. Most state boards only recognize “relevant” experience that is “properly verified”.

(a) Relevance

Most states are fine with general accounting experience, but a few states only recognize public accounting i.e. auditing or related work in a CPA firm. This means that corporate, non-profit organization and non-US government agencies your experience cannot be counted, or are discounted.

(b) Proper verification

For most states,  experience must be verified by an actively licensed US CPA during the time you work(ed) for him/her. Most states require that this person to be your direct supervisor. Some states allow “CPA equivalent”, which usually means a Canadian CA or Australian CA, but for the exact definition you will have to check with your State Board.

For work experience in India, unless you work under a US CPA, your experience may not be counted. I know it is frustrating but we have to play by the rules.

Read this post to find out which states have flexible experience requirements


1. I have a H4 visa and I can’t work in the US

Yes, this could be an issue, but there are a few states that allow your supervisor to be a non-CPA.

There are also states that require a CPA to sign your verification form, but this person does not need to be your boss. This way, you can ask this person to verify your previous experience in India.

The following link has lots of ideas, but focus on those that don’t require social security number.

2. I live in India and I can’t find a CPA to work for

This is also tough, but you may call up the Society of CPA of your registered state or explore the possibility of working in your local Big 4 which should have some US CPAs working in the firms.

Alternatively, pick a state that allows non-CPA supervisor to verify your experience.

Note on CPA Exam International Sites

Question: I work in UAE and am considered a long-term resident. Should I take the CPA exam there?

Yes, you are qualified to take the CPA exam in UAE, but please beware of the following:

Not all states allow candidates to take the exam in international sites. California is one example. You can go to this page for the list.

There is a stricter requirement to fulfill the working experience requirement: if you take the exam in non-US exam sites, you have to get the working experience fulfilled within 3 years or they will void your CPA exam results. If you take the same test in the US, this restriction does not apply.

To learn more about taking the CPA exam outside the US please click here.


  • BCOM or any 3-year degrees: do not qualify
  • BCOM + MCOM: should be ok; can proceed
  • BCOM + MBA or other non-accounting master’s: get an evaluation report and see if you lack accounting credit hours
  • BCOM + CA: Maybe… see if it’s worth it; and if answer is yes, seek Leslie-Anne’s advice. She still has one “combination” (a specific state + a specific evaluator) that works.

This is All Too Confusing. Can I Get Help?

Yes, this is all very complicated. For BCOM + CA in particular, it has to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. It’s too risky for me to give you a general answer without looking into detail your courses and qualifications.

If you are serious about taking the exam, the best thing you can do is to contact Leslie Anne.

It is understandable that she provides service only to CPAexcel students and you may find out the exact state that works after you purchase the CPAexcel course.

Rest assured that they have a good product with 9 out of 10 students pass on their first attempt (CPAexcel is on my recommended list regardless of this service)).

There is a 95% refund if Leslie-Anne can’t get you qualified at the end.

About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites

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  • srilakshmi says:

    Am srilakshmi who did my bcom in India in regular & did my mba in correspondence & MA (public admin) in correspondence now I want to do CPA here in USA. I live in North Carolina (Charlotte) pls guide me in a right way to pursue my CPA.
    Thanks in advance

  • Samika says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have done my Bcom, Chartered Accountancy course and LLB for 2 yrs (not completed the 3 yrs LLB course)from India. I am living in New York and very much interested to pursue the CPA course. Please guide me if i am eligible for the same and how to proceed further.
    Thanks in advance


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Samika, strictly from counting your years in higher education, you should have a good chance because its 3 years of BCOM + 2 years of LLB. But since the two degrees are not closely related, it is up to the credential evaluation agency to decide. If you live in New York, it is best to go through New York as they are more restrictive to out-of-state licensees I believe. You may want to check out my summary of the New York rules here:


  • Mukesh Kumar says:


    I am Mukesh, residing in India. I have completed my graduation & CA. Please guide me if I can appear for CPA course and the process involved. Kindly confirm the process involved.



    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mukesh, assuming you are a BCOM major, please reread the article above. I have explained everything I can for candidates who are BCOM + CA. Regards, Stephanie

  • Shwetha says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Your website and Facebook page is wonderful! It helped me a lot to be aware of the different situations a CPA Aspirant may face…..thank you so much…you are doing a great job!!!??. I need your suggestion on choosing a state….I am an H4 visa holder and have done B.Com and CA INTER from India. NIES has given me 142 credit hours and suggested me Montana, California and Colorado. however I am lacking the 3 hours of US GAAS for Colorado and also the 4 yr degree for Montana for licensing. I reside in Colorado and may move out to another state in case my hubby changes his job..but nothing as of now. I think I can easily sit for the exam from California as I comply with the educational requirements. ( my course had ethics as subject so I do not need to sit for ethics exam too..:) M still unsure whether I will settle down here in the US Or go back to India. I can get my previous work experience verified from a CPA( as my boss was a CPA from US). I am unable to decide on the state as I am not sure where I would be settled and which stAte I would need to obtain the license for. Which state shall be a safer bet for me? Waiting for your reply.


    • Urbhi Sharma says:

      Hey Shwetha,

      I just went through your query for stephanie, I too have the same qualification as yours and about the US GAAP course, i read that Western International University, Tempe, Arizona provides this course online, so you can check out there website for the same, hope it would be of help to you.

      I want to ask something to you as well, when you got your evaluation done from NIES, did you have to send the official transcripts for CA inter as well ?? If yes, then can you please tell me how to get the trascripts from ICAI?

      I would really appreciate your help.


      • Shwetha says:

        Hi Urbhi,

        Thanks for the info!
        I recently got my undecided jurisdiction evaluation done from NIES by paying $300. But I am yet to choose a jurisdiction. I would suggest you to get the evaluation done since you never know how many credit hours you will get, as each evaluator has his own opinion which may very well differ. Some may give you more, some may give less.

        Personally I felt the transcript thing will take a lot of time. So I sent in my original marksheets and passing certificates of graduation till CA inter. NIES will send back the originals if you opt for return by post. I will be returned my documents only after I choose a jurisdiction, so fingers still crossed. But i personally dont think there’s a risk.

        Hope this helped.

      • Shwetha says:


        Here’s the link for obtaining transcripts from ICAI if you still need it!

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Shwetha,
      Thanks for your note. California doesn’t work because it strictly requires SSN for the license (I assume you can’t get SSN as a H4 visa holder).
      If you live in CO, then CO makes the most sense. Taking the US GAAS course isn’t a big deal in my opinion, since you lack a few credit hours anyway, you can get this done to fulfill both the course and 150-hour requirement.

      For CO CPA exam and licensing requirements, please check out this page. I think you are fine:

      At the end of the day, if you are able to fulfill the 3E (sounds like you can), it isn’t a problem as you can easily switch licenses at a later date. Please keep me updated! Stephanie

      • Shwetha says:

        Hi Stephanie ,

        Thanks. I read in CA STATE BOARD’s website that they accept ITIN for license. If my hubby files a return next year he might apply for an ITIN for me too. Regarding CO, NIES has said that they may not accept my credits as they are reviewing all international evaluations and taking upto three months for the same. Also, in the NASBA CO website, it’s mentioned that candidates residing outside US can file a sworn in SSN Affidavit. But what if I am a resident in US when I qualify my exams?

        When I think about the licensing part, I get confused as to which state to choose. I am thinking of giving exams through CA BOARD and get license in CA if I get my ITIN or transfer my credits to other state later. Does that sound good?

        Appreciate your efforts Stephanie .


        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi Shwetha,
          If CA accepts ITIN, that’s great news. Do you mind forwarding that link to me so I can take a look?
          Yes, CO should have a lot of backup applications since they just changed their rules and many tried to apply right before the rule change.

          As for the licensing, I strongly recommend that you take the exam and get the license in the same state. Transferring exam credits and licenses aren’t impossible but I have received too many failed cases from readers. It’s really risky and I wouldn’t do it myself.

          So, let’s check out CA more closely and see if it works? Stephanie

    • Supreet Kaur says:

      hlo shweta supreet here….I need your help. I have done my Inter+PGDCA
      ( post graduation diploma in computer applications-distance from LPU).I want to go Canada and pursue for CPA.please tell me I am eligible or not for that.If yes How many ielts bands i need and how to get registered myself.

      • Stephanie Ng says:

        Hi Supreet, I am afraid I only cover the US CPA exam. For the Canadian CPA qualification, please check out their official site at:

        • Supreet Kaur says:


          • Ranbeer singh says:

            Hi supreet

            I am having the same query i have just completed my from university school of open learning, panjab university. And have completed my CA inter in 2015. I have completed 2 years of articleship training. I also want to go to canada for cpa. If you have got any relevant information regarding this kindly give me an informative reply.

    • subigya Adhikari says:

      Hi Shweta,

      Can i get your email address. just need to know couple of things for indian ca +bcom eleigibility for CPA USa

    • TEJASWI TIWARI says:

      HELLO Shewtha,
      I am TEJASWI TIWARI, from HYDERABAD, INDIA. I finished my and CA-CPT in INDIA, But i applied for USA universities and got my admission and rgt now i am now on my F1 visa status. The main reason of me coming to USA is to pursue CPA. I am doing my masters in accounting right now from national university, san diego, california. i want to know more about CPA. please when you have can you contact me i am giving my email id :
      Please rply me as soon as possible.
      thank you,


      Hi Swetha!
      Just went through your query. I have the same qualifications from India ie., Bcom and CA inter and also Ca final 1 st group done. I am currently in India but wish to move to the US. I thought of pursuing CPA course. What are my chances of being eligible for the exam and what is the procedure of it?

      • Meghan D says:

        Without pursuing more education, you will not be eligible for CPA US. You need 150 semester hours, which is the equivalent to a US master’s degree. And none of your other qualifications will count toward the education requirement, unfortunately.

  • Mitali pethe says:

    Hello. I am Mitali pethe residing in pune, India. I wish to apply for the CPA exam and also to practice the same.. I am currently pursuing the CA course and I have completed my bcom degree . I think I need to complete my masters degree for CPA. But my question is whether doing mcom externally counts? Will I be eligible for CPA?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mitali, I am not familiar with some of the terms used in India. By external do you mean correspondence classes? If so, it really depends on the state board. I think most of them are fine but there is a risk of a state not recognizing this type of courses. Maybe you can specify the name of the school and seek advice from one of the evaluation agencies. Regards, Stephanie

    • Ankur says:

      Hi Mithali,
      I’m Ankur. My profile is just like yours and I’m having the same doubt as you had then.
      So could you please help me and tell me that is external M.Com valid to get another 60 credits apart from 90 credits of a 3 year’s B.Com?
      Regards, Ankur.

  • Simeren Bawa says:

    Hi Stephanie ,
    I am Simeren residing in India , I had completed my graduation in Bcom & also had professional qualification Chartered Accountants (CA) & Company Secretaries (CS). Please confirmed me the process of the application process or whether I m eligible to apply for CPA ,if so which state i could apply.
    Thanking you

    Regards ,

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Simeren, I can’t really “confirm” whether you are eligible as this is the decision of the state board. As mentioned above, if you are a BCOM + CA, the best thing you can do is to contact Leslie-Anne Rogers with the link above. Regards, Stephanie

  • Neha says:

    Hi I am Neha. residing in Virginia USA. I did my B. Com and completed CA from India. Currently I am in USA on H4 visa. Could you help if I am eligible to do CPA in USA. I am not worried about getting licence. Just want to sit and clear exam.

    Where should I apply for evaluation and which sit I hve to choose for giving exam.

    Thanks for your help !


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Neha, but nowadays the CPA exam can’t get you anywhere without a full license… please read this post:

      For BCOM + CA, as mentioned above you really need to ask Leslie-Anne for advice, because you can’t get qualified using the “standard” way. Leslie-Anne knows how to find the non-standard way for you. Check out the links above. Cheers, Stephanie

    • subigya Adhikari says:

      Hi Neha,

      Can i get your email address please. Need your help in regards to Indian Ca +bcom from delhi uni eligibility to CPA USA

  • Neha says:

    Hey Shwetha , I read your comments and please I do need your help regarding CPA, Please could you share any email contact. I really want to start CPA, but it is almost 1 year here in USA but I am not able to get all info.

    Thanks again !

  • k s r k varma says:

    This is varma from india.
    I completed degree and continuing ca in India.

    Now, can I join CPA IN america

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Varma, as mentioned above, for BCOM + CA candidates please contact Leslie-Anne Rogers. There isn’t a general plan that works. Regards, Stephanie

  • Deepak Vats says:

    Hi, I am Deepak Vats staying in Chandigarh, India. I have completed B.Com from Delhi University and CS Inter from ICSI, Delhi. Can I pursue CPA Course in Canada as well ? Kindly confirm.

    Thanks and regards,

  • Jyothi says:


    I am Jyothi and I live in US. I have done CA and from India and I do have work experience for about 3 years in India. Now I want to apply for CPA. Please can you suggest me through which state board I should apply. Thanks.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Jyothi, as mentioned above, for BCOM + CA candidates please contact Leslie-Anne Rogers. There isn’t a general plan that works. Regards, Stephanie

  • Kushaal Virmani says:

    I wanted to know that whether correspondence degree of B.Com. from Delhi university will be awarded credit hours like regular B.Com. degree or not because if credit hours are given than only i can think of doing and then consecutively apply for CPA afterwards

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Kushaal, it really depends on each state board whether they accept non-US correspondence degree. I am afraid there is no general answer. They are states who do accept them, so I encourage that you narrow down your search first, then double check with the state board to make sure. Regards, Stephanie

  • rohtash says:

    I am B.COM and PGDBA Finance and Just earned my CMA Certification from IMA . I want to if i qualify to appear For CMA Exam if yes please help me the with the state board name for further inqury.

    Be advised i will be a international candidate appearing outside US may b in middle east

  • Nikita says:

    Hi Shwetha

    i reside in Virgina and am on H4 Visa
    I want to take up the CPA exam
    I have completed my B.Com and have cleared CPT and PCE in India.
    I have all my originals with me.
    Can you please help me knowing how to get my marksheets of india evaluated.
    I tried mailing you on your email, but its failing.

    Please help


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Nikita,
      Thanks for your note. I got way behind in my emails, maybe that’s why 🙂
      Do you have SSN as a H4 visa holder? Virginia strictly requires one.

      I also have a page on H4 with some suggestions:

      • Nikita says:

        Hi Stephanie
        Thanks for replying. No, I don’t have SSN but I do have ITIN. I am planning so do it from another state, I think Ohio, Delaware or Colorado, I am not really sure on that. So if you can help me on that.
        What courses can I take for fulfilling the credit hours requirements in case I fall short

        Nikita Saraf

    • Shwetha says:

      Hi Nikita,

      Sorry! I checked your message just now! Mail me at *** delete ***
      By the way, Stephanie is the right person you need to address to…m just a new CPA aspirant helping co-aspirants. All credit goes to stephanie!


      • Stephanie Ng says:

        Sorry gals I have to delete the email address to protect Shwetha. Spammers are known to scrape email addresses in comment section for spamming. Regards, Stephanie

      • Veronica says:

        Hi, Stephanie!

        I am a CPA aspirant from India. I have done B.Com (Honors) from University of Delhi and currently studying Post Graduate Diploma in International Business Operations. I will be going to the USA to study Masters in Accountancy this fall. Can I do CPA simultaneously?


  • Siva Palla says:

    According to your article, an M.Com holder is very well eligible for CPA. But, I am an Indian CA and I have Correspondence M.Com from IGNOU, India. I did this M.Com through an MOU between IGNOU & Indian CA Institute. I completed it in a short span of 1 year. I don’t even have a B.Com. Can I still get the credits based on this Correspondence M.Com?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hmm, not sure because normally in the US, you can’t have a master’s without a bachelor degree. The best way to find out is to get an evaluation report. In any case, do you have at least 4 years of higher education (bachelor, master, or others)? This is also one of the requirements.

      This page on educational requirements may be helpful as well:

      Regards, Stephanie

  • Sandeep Chopra says:


    I am a B.Com graduate (regular from India) and a qualified CS (Company secretary from India). I also did one year Post graduate diploma in computer application (regular from recognized university) and I also did one year post graduate diploma in Financial Management (part time but in Pass Class). I have an overall 11 years of experience in accounts and finance with reputed companies in India and was last designated as Sr. Manager-Finance. I am currently in Canada on PR exploring opportunities.

    Just wanted to know am I eligible to pursue USA CPA. Some one suggested me that there are 3 states where I could be eligible.

    Kindly suggest.



    • CS to CPA says:

      Greetings Stephanie!
      You’re doing a fabulous job. I want to thank you on behalf of all of us for your efforts. Please keep up the good work.
      After reading some of the posts, I feel obligated to share my experience hoping that it will answer some of the queries raised above.

      I’m a B.Com, Company Secretary and CA-PCE/Inter from India. I had sought an evaluation for my eligibility for CPA and this is what they replied:

      Based on my B.Com + CS degree, I was eligible for CPA. I had sought a confirmation for the state of New York. Although, they are yet to specify if the eligibility was indeed for New York or some other state.
      Just my two cents.
      Hope it helps.

      • Stephanie Ng says:

        Hello, that’s great to know. I am glad that they are considering the CS as an eligible “part” of the degree requirement 🙂 Regards, Stephanie

      • Karan says:

        Hi, I am Karan. I have also completed and CS in India. I am presently in Canada and looking forward to pursue CPA USA. It will be great if you can guide me about the evaluation process.



    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sandeep, it’s a bit hard to tell but I think you should be fine with your 150 credit hour and degree requirement. If so, yes, you have a few choices. I would narrow down your selection based on how you plan to fulfill the experience requirements. More info here:

      Regards, Stephanie

  • DILIP PATEL says:


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Dilip, I understand Mumbai University is a world class university but I am afraid the US system tends to count the number of years of higher education. They don’t really count professional qualifications e.g. ICWAI and CA… so in your case, I am not sure, but not likely… If you are very serious about the CPA, you can give it a try with Leslie-Anne Rogers (contact above).

      Alternatively, you might try other qualifications e.g. CMA. I have more info here:

  • AG says:

    i am a Bcom graduate and a CA with 10 years of work exp. i am in Minnesota on an L1 and would remain here for the next 2 yrs and would then go back to India. i do have an SSN. I havent made up my mind to practise CPA but want to complete the course. could you pls suggest which state should i go with.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi AG, as mentioned above, for BCOM + CA you can ask Leslie-Anne for advice. I can’t provide a general guidance… Regards, Stephanie

  • YASH says:

    Hey ,Its Yash From India.
    I had a query regarding H1b visa.
    Currently I have three year degree and taking some additional courses to be eligible to apply in 2016.
    My query is, Is the CPA certificate sufficient for h1b or we need to have the license?
    I dont have any work experience so it will take me some time for getting the license.
    Can I get H1 b on the basis of 3 year degree and Cpa certification alone?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Yash, I can’t really answer visa related question, but I don’t think you will be granted H1B on that basis. You need a sponsor company (a company willing to hire you and also pay for all the related legal fees).

      For the purpose of the license though, you don’t necessarily need to work in the US. As long as you fulfill the experience requirements, it’s fine. Regards, Stephanie

  • Aamir says:

    I completed Bcom from university of Mumbai, and also have a masters in Accounting & financial management (1 year course) from the UK. I would like to know if I can apply for CPA.

  • Sandeep says:


    I am a CA working in US organization for 3 years now. I will be here in US for probably 2 more years. I followed the complete write up above. One doubt I had. If I clear the exam, post getting the required credits, can I get the CPA certificate, with the experience I have, working as an accountant in US entity for 3 years?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sandeep, getting the CPA license doesn’t guarantee a job in the US… it helps you to get a job here, but the US government won’t extend your work visa strictly based on that. I wonder if I answer your question? Regards, Stephanie

  • Aman says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    This is Aman from India Bcom+ CA. I have been approved by california state board to sit for the exam. Should I sit from California? Moreover is there any other option for me as I have only 124 credit hours. Also advise just clearing the exam and not getting the license will help me?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Aman,
      The potential issue with CA is that they strictly require a social security number to get a license. There are ways to transfer exam credits to other states, but success not guaranteed and there will be more paperwork.

      Passing the exam without getting the license doesn’t give you much these days… you only get a congratulatory letter and it is nothing like an official certificate or license. I would go for a license. Regards, Stephanie

      • Aman says:

        Hi Stephanie,

        Thanks for your prompt response!

        Should I go through Wisconsin State Board? I have heard now you can sit for exam if you have 120 hours of credit and also they do not have SSN requirement for License. They also participate in international program.

        Can you please check and advise

        Also advise if there is any catch.


        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi Aman,
          Technically it works on paper. I just don’t have readers going through Wisconsin for some reason (they usually pick North Dakota).
          Yes you can sit for the exam with 120 credit hours, but eventually you must have 150 credit hours to get the license. There is no official document issued after passing the exam, so getting the license should be your goal.

          Here is a summary of the requirements for your info:

  • Sainadh says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    My name is Sainadh and I completed my Chartered Accountant from ICAI in 2010 and I am a B.Com graduate (3 year course) too. I have 5+ years of CA post qualification Industrial experience. Presently I am working with an MNC, which is into software industry.

    But I am confused in selecting a state from which i need to write the exam and get the CPA license.

    From my research, i understood that only few states (like Ohio, Alaska, Maine,etc) are accepting + Indian CA to write the US CPA. However, I am not able to exactly identify the state from which i can also get license with Indian corporate experience.

    I have few questions as below and I hope your response would throw some light in my path.

    1. Could you please suggest me which state i should choose to get the license. The state that accepts + Indian CA to write the exam and considers Indian corporate experience for getting License.
    2. Could you please let me know which Education Evaluation service organisation should i be choosing to get my education credentials done?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sainadh,
      Thanks for your note. You’ve done good research as some of these states do work under certain circumstances, but it still depends on many factors, such as which coursework you did in your BCOM, and which evaluation agency you’ll be using.

      One of the best professionals who can help is Leslie-Anne Rogers, and she has been helping candidates on CPA exam qualification for 16+ years. You can see her interview here:

      There is a link on that page on how to contact her. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Adnan says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am currently pursuing my degree from Christ University , Bangalore (NAAC Accredited) which will end very soon . I have finished my Ca Inter and am currently pursuing my Articleship .
    In your opinion , will I have sufficient Credit hour to take on the CPA exams?
    If yes, what should my next step be?
    If no, What do you think I should do to become eligible?

    Thanking you in Advance.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Adnan, for BCOM + CA, please contact Leslie-Anne as stated above. There is no blanket answer I am afraid. Regards, Stephanie

  • Debashis says:

    Hi I did my 3 years Diploma Engineering ( computer Science) after 12th. After that i did my 3 years BSC( Bachelor of Science) . I am also an CMA from IMA. How can i pursue CPA.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Debashis, in terms of fulfilling the degree requirement, I think it is likely ok since you have a combination of 6 years of higher education. But since these two are not directly related, some states may frown on it. So the best thing you can do is to invest in an evaluation report so you know for sure it works or not. Please check out this page for details:

      Alternatively you can seek Leslie-Anne’s advice. Regards, Stephanie

  • Ashraf says:


    First of all, thank you for writing up this most concise and informative page one could find to address their concerns on approaching CPA. I am a B.Com graduate and a qualified Chartered accountant (ICAI) with 1 year of post qualification experience with a Big 4. I also hold a diploma in IFRS from ACCA, London.
    I am looking forward to pursuing CPA.
    How can I go about it? And also where can I reach Leslie-Anne?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Nikita says:

    I have completed my B.COM and CA Inter qualified.. I would like to pursue CPA.. I have all my originals here as well as transcripts from the university for BCOM but don’t have transcripts from ICAI.
    Please help me know how can I get them approved and if it’s safe to send in the originals to know the eligibility to sit for the CPA Exams.

    I am planning to sit from Delaware
    Thanks in advance.
    Please help

  • Kousic says:


    I am from India i have completed B.Com from Regular mode and i do have 120 credits, I want to know if I do my Master of Commerce (M.Com) from distance/correspondence mode Am I eligible for CPA?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Kousic, as stated above, it really depends on the rule of each state board. I believe in most cases you are fine with the distance education, but we can’t be 100% sure. Regards, Stephanie

  • Nilam says:


    I am from India and planning to opt Dubai Centre for exams but I am getting difficulty in finding CPA licence holder.

    Can you please guide me for the same

  • Nikita says:

    Hi Stephanie Ng
    Can u please help me with my query it’s posted above on November 18.
    Please reply


  • Jas says:


    I did my one year of BCOM from India and I came to US for further studies. I got my results evaluated from Education Credit Union in Milwaukee-Wisconsin. I am an accounting major and planning to sit for the first cpa exam in June, 2016. I haven’t applied to any state yet because I have a lot of questions to deal with yet. I just wanted to know if I can apply to any state and what will be the process. Is there any specific requirement for students in F1 visa interested in cpa here? Or is it the same process as of everyone?

    Thank you in advance.

  • Devendra says:


    I did my B.Tech (4 Years Full Time Degree in Engineering). I did enroll for part-time Masters in Finance Degree program and completed 4 out of 9 modules. I have also completed certifications (CFA-India). Also, I have completed few certifications in USA (Masters certificate in Business Analysis – 9 Months). Does it make me eligible for CPA enrollment.

    Please suggest.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Devendra, I think you should be able to fulfill the degree requirement with the BTech, and able to get some credits out of the various degree programs. I don’t think the professional qualifications and certs would count, but your case is quite complicated and you need to have the evaluation agency to go through each cert and programs to give you an answer. If you are serious about taking the exam, it’s worth the investment. Good luck! Regards, Stephanie

  • Sandeep Chopra says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Just need your guidance on certain points-

    I am a B.Com. (3 years) with 1 year Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application and 1 year Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management.

    I have all my studies from India. I am trying to get my eligibility check from New Hampshire. I have registered for Pre-Evaluation through NASBA. However, there is another service called NASBA International Evaluation services. Is there any difference between the two? what evaluation should I go through.

    One of my friend got his evaluation done through a consultant, he had got 96 credit for B.Com, 30 credits for PG diploma and 60 credits for MBA. Do you think I will get 30 credits each for my two PG diplomas.

    Kindly advise.



    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sandeep,
      The pre-evaluation is a service that gives you an idea whether you are qualified for the exam at this stage. The NASBA Evaluation (NIES) does similar things but they will issue an official report that is required as part of the application for international candidates. So I would probably just go for NIES directly.

      The state boards have a list of approved evaluation agencies to evaluate your degree and credits. NIES is one of them. I am not sure which “consultant” you refer to but please make sure this consultant is on the approved list. Also, getting the credits is not enough to get qualified; you need to have a 4-year degree or above to sit for the exam. In your friend’s case, the BCOM + MBA is good enough. For you it depends whether your evaluation agency sees the diploma as equivalent to a one-year degree. It’s a bit hard for me to tell, but I do wish you the best of luck! Stephanie

  • Shivam Bhardwaj says:


    I am graduate in for from an open university and a semi qualified Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountant of India. I have completed my 3 years internship in audit field and working experience of 1 year in finance department in corporate. I am really intrested in CPA course. Please suggest me what should I do to get 150 credit hours and get eligible for CPA course. Is there is any short term course that make me eligible for CPA?

    Please do reply.


  • Antony Thomas says:

    Hi good morning! I would like to start my CPA , please advise me if + ICWA ( India) is eligible for the credit requirement.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Antony, it would be quite tough to be honest. I suggest that you chat with Leslie-Anne and see if she has any suggestions. Regards, Stephanie

  • Sharath says:

    I completed my cpt but did not apply for bcom.Now iam doing ipcc from 1year.How can i do CPA.Please help me.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sharath, I am not familiar with CPT and IPCC but in general, you need 5 years of education at the university level. If you are serious about the CPA, please contact Leslie-Anne for assistance. Regards, Stephanie

  • Mehul says:

    i have a bachelor degree and i have completed my inter ca . Also i have completed my internship in a CPA firm. Am i eligible for the CPA registration ? Would internship in CPA firm help in the hours needed?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mehul, thanks for your note. for BCOM + CA, please check with Leslie-Anne as mentioned above. Normally internships don’t count, but a few states do depending on individual’s situation. For this you need to check with your chosen state board as a later date. For now just assume it isn’t counted. Regards, Stephanie

  • Anil says:


    I am anil. I have completed and from India and now im shifting to Kuwait. I wanted to know that whether i can pursue CPA or not??

  • rishil says:

    I am interested to study in USA from INDIA.Is it good to me for studying my bachelor degree from USA or should i continue to do bachelor degree from INDIA and then trying for CPA exam from USA.Can you tell me what will be the approx cost for doing bachelor degree from US as well as completing CPA from america.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Rishil, you can certainly study in the US, but it should be a separate consideration from the CPA. This is because (1) you don’t need to go to the US to study for the CPA; there are both live classes in India or you can take the many online courses available; (2) getting the CPA doesn’t guarantee a job in the US or a work visa, in case this is your ultimate goal.

      For cost of the CPA exam itself, I have info here:

      For cost of studying in the US, it varies greatly and I am afraid I don’t cover that. You should be able to get some basic ideas on google.

  • narayanan says:


    I passed all the 4 papers of cpa exam in Nov 2012. At that time I was a + Indian chartered accountant. I am regd with NH. Post my cpa, I did from the same universe where I did my but through distance education. Please let me know how I can get my cpa license. I did only to get a cpa license. Is it OK to have studied through distance education? Can I realise the dream of getting a cpa license. Now I have already waited for almost 3 years after I passed cpa.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Narayanan, most states are ok with distance learning these days (even for non-US) but I can’t be sure about each of them. So what you can do is to double check with NH an see. If they don’t reply to your email, just keep sending reminders that you are awaiting their reply.

      For NH you do need to fulfill the experience requirements. The MCOM is helpful to get you to the 150 credit hours, but now you need to work on the experience to get the license. It’s a tedious process, I know, but you are almost there. Best of luck! Stephanie

  • Khurshid says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am planning to do US CPA. Please let me know the future of that course in Gulf countries and India.

    • LN says:

      CPA u.s is a good qualifications but it really doesn’t guarantee you anything. Will give you an entry but after that you will have to work your way to the top by experience. No qualifications can put you on top straightway unless it is an MBA from harvard or Oxford or the likes.

      • Stephanie Ng says:

        Yes, the CPA title can’t guarantee a job. In fact, even an MBA from Harvard can’t guarantee a job if that person performs badly in interviews. Cheers, Stephanie

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Khurshid, what do you mean by the future of the course? The exam iteself is exactly the same anywhere you take it. Regards, Stephanie

  • Vinod Rawal says:

    I have got my qualification B.Com and CA from India evaluated from josef silny & Associates with 150.25 credits on 7th April 2014, How can i apply now to take the exam as in past i faced some issues and the priorities got changed. Can you help me in taking up my exams in May 2016.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Vinod, I am not sure what issues you faced but basically you need to reapply, because the evaluation report is likely outdated. Regards, Stephanie

  • LN says:

    You have got your evaluation.done back in 2014. Not sure whether it still holds.good. need to consult stephanie on that one. You also have to look to approved list of evaluation agencies for each state Board as all may not accept all evaluators.

  • Trupti says:

    Hi Stepanie,

    I have a Bcom Degree + MBA(Marketing specialisation) and 4 years of experience in marketing communication. I am on H4 visa right now. I want to change my field to accounting. I would like to know if I will be eligible and will it be possible for me to complete the course and find a job (once I become eligible for green card) .

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Trupti,
      You should be fine with your degree and 150 credit hour requirement. One thing to check is whether you have enough accounting credits. With BCOM, it is likely ok. You might want to check out Massachusetts. As a candidate with graduate degree, you can go for the non-reporting license without the experience. Once you have the green card, you can upgrade it to full license by fulfilling the experience requirements.

      Please check it out here:

  • swathi says:

    I have done bcom + CA inter in India. I will be getting married this year and will be joining my husband in Houston,Tx. With H4 visa, can I take up CPA and later fetch a job in Texas?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Swathi, as mentioned above, the case for BCOM + CA has to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. It’s too risky for me to give you a general answer without looking into detail your courses and qualifications. My suggestion is to seek Leslie-Anne for her assistance (see links in the post).

  • Sruthi says:


    I have B.Com degree and CWA.Can any one help me whether I can apply for CPA.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sruthi, state boards typically don’t accept professional qualifications. If you are very serious about the CPA exam, you may check with Leslie-Anne and see if she can help. You can get her contacts above in one of the links.

  • C says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’ve recently completed the CPA exams as an international candidate from the state of Alaska, after receiving 120 credits from WES. However, Alaska has now stopped accepting credit evaluations from WES, and only accepts NIES.

    At the time of licensure, will I need to submit a new credit evaluation report from NIES? If so, will it be better for me to get the evaluation done after I’ve completed the 30 remaining credits, thus getting all 150 credits evaluated by NIES?

    Thank you so much!

  • Kimaya says:

    Hello. My name is Kimaya and I have completed my B.COM and I’m expecting CA Final results in a weeks time or so.
    I was wondering whether there are any scholarships available that you are aware of for students doing CPA from India and also about the salary that candidates should expect while working to gain experience in relevant field as mentioned above.
    I need to consider all the financial aspects (and costs) before deciding on a course of action.

    Thank you.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hello, I would instead try to figure out whether you are qualified in the first place. BCOM + CA is pretty tough to get qualified. My suggestion is to seek Leslie-Anne for her assistance (see links in the post).

      There are few scholarships available but honestly I wouldn’t count on getting one, unless you have a very, very impressive background. I imagine that most if not all of those scholarships are for us nationals. Even for them it’s understandably competitive.

  • M says:

    Hello Stephanie:

    I have a BCOM degree from India and MBA in finance from New York. Will I qualify for CPA in california state ? Appreciate a quick reply.

    Thanks –
    Meghali Gupta

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Meghali, you should be able to fulfill the degree and 150 credit hour requirement, but need to check the accounting credit hours and see if you have enough. Are you living in CA? I wonder why you pick CA. Regards, Stephanie

      • Meghai says:

        Hello Stephanie:

        Thank you for your reply. Yes, I am living in CA that is why I am interested in this state. Also, will I be eligible to apply for licence later on ?

        Thanks –
        Meghali Gupta

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi Meghali, assuming you have SSN, and as long as you fulfill the license requirement including the experience requirement, sure you can.

          The rules on the experience are quite complex so it is best to double check with California State board before proceeding. It may take a few days but they do reply to your email inquiries. Good luck! Stephanie

  • parnika says:

    I am Parnika . I have recently cleared my CA and have a 3 year Mumbai University Bcom degree. I wish to know what are the options available to me or which states can pursue CPA from in the USA. Also what are the work experience criteria which are to be fulfiled?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Parnika, as I said above, one really needs more than 3 years of higher education to get the CPA license. If you are really serious about this exam, you may consider taking a master’s degree, preferably a 2-year one so you can fulfill the 150 credit hours. Regards, Stephanie

  • Gautami says:

    Hi. I am a Bcom and a CA from India. I live in Virginia. I want to pursue a CPA I’m U.S. I wish to know which state I am eligible to give my exam under and whether my education in India is recognised to qualify for the exam?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Gautami, as mentioned above, I can’t give a general answer to BCOM + CA candidates, because each person’s situation is different. Please contact Leslie-Anne Rogers. The link can be found above. Regards, Stephanie

  • Abhishek says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I have cleared my B.Com via correspondence and I am pursuing CA along with it.
    I have completed my 3 year mandatory articleship with PwC and I am kind of stuck in CA Finals.
    It is just not happening for me. Am i eligible for CPA, If yes could you please direct me to someone from whom I can take further details.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      H Abhishek, it’s tough to get qualified as a BCOM + CA (even if you complete the CA), so please try your best to get your CA done. The CPA exam may be faster to complete, but it isn’t really easier. Regards, Stephanie

  • Akash says:


    I have completed CA from ICAI and CS from ICSI. Currently working with Bank since past 2 years.
    I wanted to pursue CPA course , can you suggest whether I am eligible for the course ?

    Kindly suggest any web site or link which will help me to know my eligibility.

    Thanks in Advance

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Akash, I assume that you have a BCOM degree? As mentioned above, for CA + BCOM, there is no general answer because each case has to be reviewed individually. Please contact Leslie-Anne for assistance. The link can be found above. Regards, Stephanie

  • Mohd Abdul Azeem says:

    I have BCOM degree and planning for CPA. Since 3 years of degree is not equal to 4 years of Bachelors in USA, I am thinking to apply as Senior Undergraduate Transfer Student in US university. Please let me know if i can earn my Bachelors from US this way?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mohd, yes it should work, as long as the US school is willing to accept you Indian credits. Most likely ok in my opinion. Try to get into a school with good accounting program. These schools have good career centers which can help you land a job in the US, if this is also what you are looking for. Good luck!

  • Priya says:


    I have done B Sc. in Economics and them MBA in Finance from India. Do you think I will meet the requirements?

  • Maria says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I currently reside in California on H4 visa. completed my BCOM and MBA(Financial Mgmt) from India. My husband will be applying for ITIN soon (as I am not eligible for an SSN). Am I eligible to take up CPA? If i am eligible, can you guide me as to what is the first step I have to take to proceed?

    Thanks in advance

  • Damanpreet kaur says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I have completed hons from india with first division few months back. Now i am a green card holder in california, usa. I wanted to do cpa but the problem arise of 4 year degree what should I do so that my 3 year can be converted into 4 years.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Damanpreet,
      You may want to try transferring your BOM Credits to a US university, take one year of course and graduate from there. It really helps that (1) you get the 4-year degree; (2) make use of the career center at school to find a job in the US; and (3) people see you having a local degree vs a foreign degree. Not that they necessarily discriminate against your BCOM but it is always helpful to have a degree/qualification that employers recognize.

      Hope it helps!

  • Raja says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    My wife is looking to take the CPA course. We live in south Dakota. She is on H4 visa. She has completed in corporate secretaryship and has an M.B.A in Finance(part time). Will she meet the 150 credit hours? Also with H4 she can’t work here. So what state has a kind of volunteer work under a CPA to finish her course? Also will any auditing firm in US apply h1b for my wife. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Raja, it looks like your wife will be fine with the degree and 150 credit hours requirements, but she will have to check with the accounting credit hours.

      I have written a page for H4 readers:
      Our blogger Neha is also on H4 and she writes about her experience:

      Lastly, please don’t get offended because what you are doing is very nice to your wife, but I think it is better for her to ask for information herself. Some people/officials may not answer your questions if you are not the actual person (due to privacy), and also an aspiring CPA is expected to be capable enough to figure this out on her own.

  • kumar says:

    Hai Stephanie.This is Kumar.I am an Indian CA with B.COM.NASBA Agency had given credits for my B.COM -90,CA-60.Am i elliglble to Write CPA Exam.If elligble which state accepts my CA with B.COM and allows to write CPA Exam.

    • Lakshmi Narayanan says:

      HI kumar,

      For which state did you get your evaluation done? From which agency you got it done?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Kumar, you have enough credits to fulfill the 150 credit hour rule, but likely not fulfilling the degree requirement. NASBA Evaluation should have stated this on the report. Is that right? If so I am afraid you need to find a way to make your degree at least a 4 year one, e.g. take a relevant one-year master’s degree. All states now require this 4-year degree requirement. Regards, Stephanie

    • vijay kumar sharma says:

      hi Kumar,

      i have the same degree…. Bcom and CA,
      can you give me you mobile no….so i can discuss with you…..


  • Keyur says:


    I have completed B. Com and M.Com overseas in India. I have few doubts in context of Education requirements. As per recognition, I have full Bachelor and Masters degree major in Accounting and Auditing. But the concern is all about average marks and number of years taken for completion. It took 4 years to complete my B.Com though it is 3 years program. Furthermore I could not gain more than passing score. Contrary, My Post Graduation was remarkable and I could gain 1st division in M.Com. So My straight forward question is that Am I look like to get a positive evaluation or not? Kindly help me in this regards.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Keyur,
      Thanks for your note. I am not sure but I guess your bachelor will be counted as 3 years and the master’s as the normal 1-2 years. So depending on the length of your master’s, you could have fulfilled the 150 credit hours (or not). But you should be fine with the degree requirement. In other words, I think you are safe enough to request for an evaluation report because most likely you will be fine. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Lakshmi Narayanan says:

    HI Stephenie,

    I passed my cpa exam in Jan 2013. Wrote my exams in u.s. I couldn’t get a license coz of 4 year graduation requirement. Have done after that and I am waiting for the degree papers which is expected anytime. I live in uae and I work in the industry. I am wondering whether there is any advantage in me going for licensing. Please advise me whether it’s worthwhile for me to get a VPA license.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Lakshmi, technically you cannot call yourself a CPA if you don’t have the license. So it’s not just an “advantage”, it is a must unless you don’t mind taking the exam for no reason…

      Since you are almost done with MCOM, you should be able to get a new evaluation report and submit to your state board for them to recognize your extra credit hours. Regards, Stephanie

  • vijay kumar sharma says:

    i want to know whether i am eligible for cpa with below qualification..
    bcom in 2000, India
    CA in 2008, India
    DipIFR from ACCA in 2016, UK

  • Philip says:

    I have passed Bcom(3yr Regular)and Mcom(distance)Am I eligible to appear for CPA exams.Which states accepts this as an eligibility.

  • Aditi says:

    Hii Stephanie
    This post is really helpful for all Indian CA Students and others from commerce background.I am from India. I have Completed and have appeared for (correspondence) and currently awaiting my results. i plan to appear for CPA exam next year and apply through North Dakota.
    On the basis of my education, will i be required to take additional courses to sit for the exam or for license purpose? Do you think there is some other state that will be more preferable for me given my educational qualifications?
    Thank you

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Aditi, generally for BCOM + MCOM you are fine with the exam requirements, but you’ll need to get an evaluation report to make sure. For North Dakota, from April 1, 2016, they will restrict the experience requirement, requiring a US CPA as the verifier. This pretty much takes away the advantage of going through ND. You might want to check out this page for other states:

  • TARANG says:

    Last year , I have done my education credential verification from WES for Canadian Immigration process. Is this valid if I wish to pursue CPA from India ? Secondly, I am B.Com + M.Com+ ICWA Inter degree holder. Does this make me eligible for CPA application process ?

    Please reply.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Tarang, is that a course-by-course report? If so, it is possible, but best to double check with WES. With the MCOM you are most likely ok with the degree and 150 credit hour requirements. Regards, stephanie

  • TARANG says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Yes, credential verification is for all three years of B Ccom + Two years of M Com..
    Secondly, I have done M Com externally, still I ll be eligible for direct admission ?


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Tarang, it’s hard for me to generalize which state is fine with long-distance education and which one isn’t. Please narrow down your choice and then double with those state boards directly. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Ashwani Munjal says:

    Dear Leise Anne

    I am a Qualified Bcom and CA Intermediate with 24 years of experience in my field from India. I want to qualify CPA (U.S) exam.I am curious to know the eligibility criteria to qualify CPA exam.
    Seeking your guidance.

    Ashwani Munjal
    Mob No: +91- 9814004140
    Email Id:

  • PM says:


    I am settled in california and wish to take up the CPA exam here. I have completed my MBA – from Sikkim Manipal Institute of distance learning and BCOM from Mumbai University and CA intermediate from India.

    Given the above,I have the following –
    1. 3 Years of Bcom
    2. CA inter which included 3 years of articleship/training under a CA (experience)
    3. Distance MBA degree with a specialization in Finance

    Can you please recommend to me if this satisfies the educational criteria for CPA from California?

    Will my marksheet and passing certificates for BCom and CA intermediate suffice ?

    Thanks for your help

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi PM, I am not sure how the state board views your oveseas long distance MBA degree. If they accept it, then you should be fine with the 150 credit hour and degree requirement, but there isn’t enough info for me to know whether you have enough accounting credits. Please get a credential evaluation report to make sure. Your CA may also get you some credits in California. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Shreyas says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have done Bachelors in Management Studies (B.M.S.) from Mumbai University with International Finance as the major subject (3 years full-time course). Thereafter, I did M.Com part 1 from Mumbai University as correspondence. It has been more than 5 years now since then. Can I expect to make up for 150 hours credit from evaluation for CPA? Or should I complete M.Com part 2 as well to be sure of enough credits?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Shreyas, your MCOM maybe counted so you might not need much. It is worth getting the credential evaluation report if you are serious about taking the CPA exam. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Pinakin Gandhi says:


    I am an engineer (4 Years course) and Masters in Business with specialization in Finance (Course of two years). Both my graduation and masters are from India. I am having more than 10 years experience in finance. Can I qualify for CPA exam?

    Thanking you

  • AJ says:

    Hi Stephanie Ng,

    The hard work that you are putting in maintaining this feed will go a long way!! kudos

    Its really shaping up the career / future of many candidates.

    I am an Indian CA + (regular 3 yrs) + (1 yr degree from open university – IGNOU, in line with MOU between IGNOU and ICAI) and CS (inter only).

    I have planned for CPA (US). I can appear for exam from Dubai.

    My only concern is experience requirement. Can you please advice me a state which has the least experiencing requirement or more time to get the requirement, since I am employed and it will be very difficult for me to look for a CPA to work for 1 or 2 yr to fulfill the requirement.



  • Nupur says:

    I have completed a 4.5 year graduation course of physical therapist from India.I am pursuing CA from ICAI right now.I wish to know whether I am eligible for pursuing CPA??!!

  • Rahul says:

    Hi Stephanie ,

    Thanks for taking out time to reply on each of the questions posted here. It is very helpful. I plan to pursue CPA . I have bcom + CA+ CS(company secretary), Will my CS be considered for the credits ?I saw in one of the posts above that CS is taken into account. Please correct me if i am wrong.
    I have around 3 years of work experience aswell.

  • Swati says:


    I have enrolled for CPA through miles cpa in india & and have to start the evaluation process with
    NIES .I have completed my B.Com ,M.Com & PG Diploma in Financial Management.As per the process advised to me i have to provide the following to NIES
    1 Original mark sheet + degree certificate for Bachelors
    2 Original mark sheet + degree certificate for Masters / PG Diploma
    3 Photocopy of all the documents above
    I just wanted to confirm that apart from the original Marksheet & Degree (Degree is both in Hindi & english) do i need to send any other documents.

  • Sonali Parekh says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    First of all thanks for your blogs they are amazing and full of information. I am living in Texas now and applying for CPA. I have done my BBA and MBA for India. I have to do extra classes to get myself eligible for CPA exams. Do i need to give GRE or GMAT for enrolling myself in colleges to get those extra hours. Please assist.

    Sonali Parekh

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sonali, thanks for your note! If you have a master’s degree, you should be fine with the degree + 150 credit hour requirement, so what you may be lacking is some accounting or business courses. Am I right? If so, for these courses, you can simply take non-degree ones from community colleges or universities (online or classroom setting). No need for GRE or GMAT unless you aim for another degree separately.

      The UNA courses mentioned here may be just what you need:


  • Arif Quadri says:

    I have done my one year of Mcom after pursuing Bcom. I want to know if this is enough to fetch me 150 credit hours and also can I apply for CPA licnese. I am a greencared holder.

    Regarding experience: I am a fresher and dont carry any experience as of know. Please let me know.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Arif, typically 1 year = 30 credit hours so 1 year of MCOM + BCOM = 4 years = 120 credit hours (roughly speaking).
      It’s still fine but you may need to take some non-degree courses for the 150 hour requirement. For some states you can take them after the cpa exam and before getting the license.

      As for the experience, as long as you plan to work in accounting, preferably under an active CPA licensee in the future, not a problem. Hope it helps! Stephanie

      • Arif says:

        How about doing masters in accountancy?
        I think I don’t even face 15 years of education problem and can earn extra credit hours simultaneously for CPA.

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi Arif, definitely the best way to solve all issues if you don’t mind taking the extra time, money and effort. But it should also help in your accounting career in general with a master’s degree. Regards, Stephanie

  • Poojitha says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    First of all thank you for helping us out. I have done my BCOM in India. I have completed CA INTER and Articleship training. I still need to write my CA Final exams. But I want to work in the US and the CA degree in India is not useful for that. So can I apply for a Masters degree in Finance and Accounting in the US with the help of my BCOM from India? With BCOM + Masters degree from the US, can I apply for CPA exams?


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Poojitha, yes it would be much better because:
      (1) you will have enough accounting credit hours to apply for the exam and those hours should match with the requirement of the state of your school;
      (2) you solve the degree requirement (BCOM as a 3-year degree is not qualified)
      (3) the career center at your school / accounting program can help you land a job in the US (no guarantee, but they do help)
      (4) potential employers are more likely to hire someone from a US school than one directly from other countries

      The flip side is that the US schools are usually a lot more expensive 😉
      Hope it helps!

  • Usman says:

    I am two years graduate. I have more than 5 years’ experience with Big 4 (Ernst & Young). I want to start CPA. Please could you guide me whether i am eligible to sit in CPA exam?????

  • Axat Shah says:

    Hi Stephanie!! I am Axat Shah. I have completed Bcom and I am a CA Final student. I wanted to know about the evaluation procedure that NASBA adopts. i learned that i have 90 credits for completing Bcom. Does my intermediary CA result count for any credit?
    And i have 3 months before i go to USA. So are there any other bridge cources in India which would help me with credits.
    Also regarding remaining credits, can i get it from a community college in USA, and how much time would it take approximately.
    Thank you.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Axat, CA doesn’t count (at least not fully as a degree) in almost all states, but there might be a state or two that works if you do it properly. That’s why I mentioned above that in such cases please consult Leslie-Anne for advice. Note that even with her help, it may not work but she will refund 95% of her fees if it doesn’t.

      Because it is a matter of fulfilling the degree requirement, unless you embark on a new degree e.g. a master’s, there isn’t really much you can do at this stage unfortunately. Check with Leslie-Anne and see if she gives you some ideas. Regards, Stephanie

  • Axat Shah says:

    Thank you for your help Stephanie.

  • Ravi says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I was informed that some evaluation agencies other than Nasba are allowing Indian and CA to register for Arizona board.

    Please share your views. Is it possible since Nasba is not doing so?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ravi, quite possible, but I don’t know which evaluator. That’s why Leslie-Anne could be helpful in this regard. Stephanie

      • Ravi says:

        Many Thanks Stephanie.

        From this I infer that even if NASBA has not considered my CA credit for Arizona, I can go ahead and get the same evaluated from a private evaluation agency mentioned on Arizona state board website and register my for Arizona. The amount paid to NASBA and time wasted in pursuing them to consider your CA marks is the only loss.

        Please confirm

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Yes. I’ve had readers who got more than one evaluation report for this purpose.

          Make sure that Arizona does accept the other evaluator you are consideraing, and not sure if the other evaluators will give you a more favorable results. Afterall, theoretically all evaluators including NASBA evaluation service should have the same results because they are supposed to follow the Arizona rules, but in reality there is a bit of discrepancies. The key is whether these discrepancies are enough for you to get qualified.

          Regards, Stephanie

        • Sowmya says:

          Hi Ravi,

          What is you status now ? were you able to apply to Arizona with Bcom and CA ?

  • Kedar Kokate says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    This is just to inform you that I cleared my CPA exams in first attempt in Feb 16. Following is the score:

    Aud: 77

    FAR: 75

    Reg: 82

    BEC: 81.

    I referred your site which was of immense help always. Thanks for starting this site. By the way regarding my success in CPA exams, it did not come easy. I work from 8AM to 8PM. I used to study after 8.30PM till 2AM in the night. I am married too and used to keep only Sunday for my family. It was tough time for me but ultimately I cleared.

    Thank you once again for this informative site. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks & best Regards,

    • TARANG says:

      Hi Kedar
      Many Congratulation…Sheer example of dedication….and hard work..

      Do share your E mail id so that other student can get your advice ….

      Again thanks…..Enjoy


    • AJ says:

      Well Done Kedar and Stephanie is really a blessing.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Kedar, thank you so much for sharing your success story!
      It’s truly an accomplishment that you can pull it off on your first try, with a 60+ hour job and family. And still able to keep Sunday for family time! All the best to you and come back to hello 😉 Stephanie

  • kartik jain says:

    is there a use BCOM + CS DEGREE to apply for aicpa and how does i apply please inform on my mail id.

  • Rashid Ahmed says:

    Dear sir/mem, I completed CA from india. My other qualifications are as below-

    1. (H) from distance learning (IGNOU-Delhi)
    2. MBA (Account& Finance) again from Distance learning (from Amity University)
    2. Pursuing again from distance learning ( from IGNOU-delhi).

    Please tell me that whether i am eligible for CPA exam in any States with my all distance qualification or i have to obtain further qualification to apply for CPA exam. Its my dream to do CPA . Please guide me. Thank you

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Rashid, it depends how the state boards see your non-US long distance education. I can’t generalize because each state may have different rules. But if they do, you should be fine with BCOM + MBA. I suggest that you either seek Leslie-Anne’s advice, or get an “undecided jurisdiction” report from NASBA evaluation. This special report includes a suggestion of several states that work with your existing education. Regards, Stephanie

  • Anindita says:


    I am a qualified CA from India with a post qualification experiance of 3+ years. My educational qualifications are BCOM with CA. I have also recently moved to the States with my husband and have a H4 visa. My questions are as below –
    1. How do i pursue the CPA course without MCOM (as i donot meet the 5 year education requirement). My husband is working in NYC so i would also need the certification from the NY State Board.
    2. Would the visa let me work post CPA qualification?

    Thanks in advance!


  • Minali says:

    Hello Stephanie

    I currently reside in Florida and passed all my CPA exams in 2008 from Colorado state. At that point of time Colorado allowed members of Indian Institute of Chartered Accountant to sit for Uniform CPA exams. So no foreign education evaluation was done. I am B.Com graduate from a small Indian University and a CA and CS as well. What are my chances of getting a CPA license from Colorado state now? Do you think I would fulfill their 150 hr requirement? Request you to please recommend a state and an evaluation agency. I have SSN and over 4 years of experience under a practicing US CPA. Also if I get my license from say Colorado, how should I get license here in Florida. As i understand to apply for Florida state license, I should have applied here within 3 years of passing the exams.

    I really appreciate your suggestion and inputs.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Minali, did you check with CO state board and see if they let you grandfather it? Sometimes they let you follow the old rules if you pass the exam before they change the rules. Regards, Stephanie

  • Minali says:

    Hi Stephanie – On Colorado board cpa licensing page it is clearly written that after July 1, 2015 they will follow 150 hr rule with no exceptions. So I was thinking Virginia, may be. And then later on transfer license to FL state.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Minali,
      I see. I wouldn’t transfer your exam credit more than once because state boards will see you gaming the system. Try to figure out a way to get FL directly, or be happy to settle with a Virginia license. Regards, Stephanie

  • Neha says:

    Hello Stephanie- I am an Indian Bcom + CA . As suggested by you I checked with NIES for Credit report and this is the score I got.

    My education is equivalent to US four-year baccalaureate degree and a one-year master degree with a total of 160 semester credits.
    I received 64.25 Accounting Credits,
    & received 73.25 Business credits.

    They suggested Alaska, Guam and Oregon States to me. Could you suggest which state should I go. Also can I select from other states like California, Montana, or Colorado ?

    Thank you again for your support !


  • Minali says:

    Thanks for your suggestion Stephanie.

    Can I transfer my scores from Colorado to Florida instead of routing through Virginia? Asking this because it’s been over 6 years since I passed my CPA exams from Colorado. As far as I understand, they have 3-yr rule else exam scores expires.

    I really appreciate your help.



  • Ajay Narayanram says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I am Ajay from India. I have done my B.Com in India (3 years) and also CA inter. I am currently not eligible. I was suggested a bridge course (Post graduate diploma in Public Accounting – US syllabus 1 year course offered by one of the CPA training institutes in India) for me to become eligible for CPA course. Can you advice for me to proceed.

  • Mohit says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am Mohit currently residing in India. I have done BBA(Bachelors in Business Administration) and CIMA(Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). I want to pursue CPA.
    Please suggest if I am eligible or not. If yes, then how do I proceed?

  • Padmakumar says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I have passed CA from India and I have passed from open university (IGNOU). Am I eligible to appear for CPA. Appreciate your guidance.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Padmakumar, as mentioned above, for BCOM + CA, please contact Leslie-Anne Rogers. There is no black-or-white answer. Regards, Stephanie

  • Immanuel says:

    Hello I M from India

    If I Fulfill All The Condition Even I Will Complete My CPA

    Can I Settled In USA After My CPA

    What Will Be The Procedure For US Citizenship After My CPA If i Got Job There

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Immanuel, getting the CPA doesn’t have direct benefit to US immigration and citizenship. It’s just like you can’t settle in the UK because you are an ACCA member.

      I don’t have the expertise to provide advisory on that. Please consult your immigrant expert in your area. Regards, Stephanie

  • Prasanna says:


    I did my CA from India and B.Com from IGNOU,India. I am also a registered CA in Nepal. What are the further study options that I have in USA?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Prasanna, if your goal is to ultimately land a job in the US, then I suggest that you transfer the credits from your BCOM (and may be your CA) to a 4-year university, take the remaining courses that may be required, and graduate with a US 4-year degree. This way you will be qualified for the CPA exam, and more importantly, likely to have a visa that allows you some time to find a job in the US.

  • Arshad Ayub says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am Arshad Ayub, resident of India and have completed B.COM and 2 year PGDBA (Post graduate diploma in Business application in finance and taxation) from SCDL Pune.

    Am I eligible to pursue for CPA? I read the above article which says only about master degree in accounting. Is my qualification which is equivelant to a master degree sufficient to purse for CPA.

    Please advise.


  • Farhana says:

    Hey Stephanie,

    I have completed my B.Com and I’m pursuing my MBA specialization in Finance. I have one more year to go in my MBA. Am I eligible to apply for the states offering 120 credit hours i.e. B.Com (90 credits) + 1 year of MBA (30 credits) ?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Farhana, sounds good! for many states you are fine to take the exam with 120 credit hours in hand but ultimately you need 150. So for these states you can take the exam first.

  • meena says:

    please help, I live in USA but I have done evaluation here with my course to course degree from india it is equivalent to highschool and undergraduate but now I want to do my CPA what is better option

  • Arif says:

    I have completed 3 years of BCOM (bachelors) degree. I am pursuing MCom (Masters in Commerce) which is 2 years of program. After completing one year I am thinking of applying for CPA (willl get one year certificate). Will my uncompleted degree counted in 16 years of education? Will this make me eligible for CPA?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Arif, the state board only counts the higher education so I guess you mean you’ll have 4 years of that (3 year BCOM + 1 year of master’s). Many state boards will allow you to take the exam but they expect you to complete the master’s degree, given that one of the requirements is a 4-year degree and you can do that by combining the BCOM and master’s. This means that you need to successfully graduate from the master’s. Regards, Stephanie

  • Nicy says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have completed my B.Com degree and completed CA Intermediate Level in India. I live in Portland,OR and want to do CPA here. Is there any possibility to continue with this qualification. If not kindly suggest me the alternative so that i can start CPA.

    Thank You

  • Neelima Khandelwal says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I wanted some help from you about CPA requirements in California state. I have recently moved to USA (San Jose). I have done my CA (Chartered Accountancy) and B.COM from India.

    I have also completed M. Com Part 1. (Only 1 year). I have also done CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) certification but not sure if that will add to some hours.

    I would want to know if I would be qualified for 150 credit hours and sit for CPA exam? Will MCom will be counted as I have not completed that? Also can i get some credit for CFE?

    If not, what are the short terms courses I can take to get few hours. Is CIA (Certified Fraud Examiner) qualify to get some hours?

    Would really appreciate your help! Looking forward to your response.

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Neelima, you should be fine with your degree requirement (3 year BCOM + 1 year MCOM) but not sure if you fulfill accounting credit hour requirement. For that you need to get an evaluation report to find out. Do submit everything you have as they may or may not count some of the hours. In general, they only count the ones from accredited university. If your CFE / CIA courses are offered through these schools, they can be counted; otherwise (if they are from commercial providers for example) they cannot be counted. Regards, Stephanie

  • Nikita says:

    Hi I m Nikita .i reside in india .i have done my bcom regular and i hold a degree in mcom as i have completed my ca inter and have three yrs of work experience as well.can u tell me hw i can pursure cpa from us. Waitin for ur reply.

  • Minali says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I recently got my evaluation done from FACS for Florida Board. My education qualification includes CA/CS/B.Com from India. Sadly, my evaluation report says 90 hours of credit only.

    Appreciate it if you can recommend some other evaluation agency or state board. Also, please suggest where can I get additional hours of credit.



    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Minali, technically the evaluation agencies should give the same results for a particular state board application. There might be a few credit hours off, but they are supposedly following the same rules from FL.

      As mentioned above, CA is not recognized in many states so I am not surprised. For CS, do you mean a professional qualification or computer science degree? If professional qualifications, those are normally not counted as well.

      Therefore, I usually don’t recommend getting another agency in order to solve this issue. What you can do is to explore whether other state board works, because FL’s rule is quite strict while others may consider your CA for example. For BCOM + CA cases, you need to seek Leslie-Anne’s advice. You can find her link above.

  • AJ says:

    Hi Minali,

    Try Josef Silny and associates

  • Mitesh says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am a willing indian candidate to persue CPA.
    I have done my B.Com degree.
    I just wanted a guidance as to if i take up an MBA in Financial Management from an private Institute in India and not from the University, will i be able to qualify under the requirement B.Com + MBA.
    Needless to say the Institute is registrered under the Inadian Government.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mitesh, I am not sure of the difference between private institute and universities… maybe you can ask one of the evaluation agencies and see if they are willing to give you an answer before you pay for their service? These evaluation agencies determines whether your school and the credits are equivalent to that in the US:

    • Rashid Ahmed says:

      hi Mitesh, it is immaterial whether you have done MBA/PGDM from govt./pvt./ institute…But your master degree should be from a institute/university recognised by UGC/AICTE/NAAC accrediated/state govt./ central govt./ recognized by a Special Central Act.

      So, Please check the recognition status of the institute/university where you wish to pursue your master degree. i am pursuing my MBA from Amity University (distance learning) to be eligible fro CPA. Best of for dream course.

  • Ashwin jain says:

    Hello Mam
    I’m Ashwin here from mumbai…
    I had done with my CS CA inter and Bcom.
    Can I be eligible for CPA?

  • Priyal says:

    Hii Stephanie,
    What type of accounting course is required if I do B. Com + MBA…

  • Tanay jain says:

    Hello Sir
    I am don,MBA (Finance) And in CA inter should I will eligible for CPA

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Tanay, with BCOM + MBA, you will likely be fine, but you may still need to check whehther you have enough accounting credit hours. It depends on which state board you pick and I can’t generalize. Good luck! Stephanie

  • Syed Khasim says:

    Hello Sir/Madam,

    I have completed my from Bangalore University. And I have done with Executive MBA in Finance from Alliance University.,

    And I wish to take CPA Course in Dubai or Abu Dhabi (gulf country). Please help me out for…

    > Can I take a CPA Course in Dubai or Abu Dhabi ??
    > I’m I eligible for taking CPA Course with my above Qualification??
    > If Yes, How I should Enroll it,
    > And how I have to Evaluate my Marks.
    > If No, What further Related studies I have to do.

    Please help me out for related queries..

    Thanks &Regards


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Syed, first of all, unlike ACCA and CA, The US CPA exam is not a course or a program. It is a qualifying exam. So technically you don’t need to take any “courses”, but what you need to do is to make sure you qualify for the exam.

      I don’t know how long your executive MBA is so it’s hard for me to tell. But generally one needs to have at least 4 years of higher education (e.g. 3-year BCOM + 1 year of master’s) plus 30 more credit hours to get up to 150 credit hours of general education.

      Once you are qualified, you can take third-party review courses to prepare for the exam, but these are not mandatory.

      Hope this is clear! Regards, Stephanie

  • Faheem says:


    A new degree called MSc in Professional Accountancy has been launched by ACCA on collaboration with University of London International Program.

    This new degree states that a candidate needs to complete ACCA to gets 120 credits, and as part of the MSc degree requirement of UOL has to complete 2 modules worth 30 credits each, totaling to 180 credits.

    Can this be eligible for a US CPA ?

    Can refer the link for the brochure, page 8.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Faheem, thanks for the note and I am aware of this new degree, but I am not sure how this is considered by the state board. Each state board may see it differently as well. The only way to know, until I hear successful cases from readers, is to get an evaluation report to find out. Regards, Stephanie

  • jaya durga vani says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have completed my , ICWA and one group in CA(second group is pending). I would like to explore the options for enrolling in CPA. Please note that B.Com and ICWA I have done in the same years. Could you please advise if + ICWA will give me required credits to enroll into CPA ?


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Jaya, BCOM + ICWA is similar to BCOM + CA in my opinion, which means there isn’t a black-and white answer to your case and it is better to seek professional advice. Please check out Leslie-Anne’s contact above. Good luck!

  • Sarath says:

    Hey… I have just passed my 12th grade.. I am residing in India.. I am planning to do my BCom now.. And I am really interested in thiis CPA course.. So what should I do after by BCom ? And is Indian CA better than CPA?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Sarath, you will need to have a master’s degree to take the CPA exam, so you can start planning after graduating from your BCOM. The rules may have changed then so I wouldn’t worry about this CPA exam for now. As for Indian CA vs CPA, it depends which country you’d like to work long term. Also something for you to ponder at the university 🙂 Regards, Stephanie

      • Sarath says:

        I would like to work outside? .. But can CPAs only work in the US ? And what should I be doing after MCom? Where should I be applying? ?? am really confused

        • Stephanie Ng says:

          Hi Sarath, different countries have different accounting rules, so there isn’t a truly global qualification. The US CPA license comes the closest in my opinion because of the influence of US companies around the world, and also how big global companies tend to be publicly listed in the US (thus having a set of US GAAP financial statement)

          So the US CPA title is helpful outside of the US as well, esp if you aspire to work in regional offices in US companies, and also big companies that have listing in the US stock market. You are still young; take your time to think about it first 🙂 Stephanie

          • Sarath says:

            I really am interested in this course Steph… 🙂 I am doing my BCom in would it be enough for 90 hours?

  • Keyur Panchal says:

    Hello sir/Madam
    I have completed my and 1yr PGDTP (Diplomat Taxation Practice )
    Am I qualify for the CPA.??
    If not then.. I likely to be go USA for master/MBA in finance can I eligible after completing the course in USA.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Keyur, I am not sure how they view PGDTP. Sounds like you are very serious about the CPA exam. I would get an evaluation report to find out (you need that in your application anyway). Regards, Stephanie

      • Keyur Panchal says:

        Hi Stephanie

        Thank you for your Guidance. But I need further your assistance.

        Yes I am planning to come USA on student visa. My ultimate goal is CPA and I also interested to do master because my total credit 90/120 which are not enough for CPA eligibility. Please suggest me appropriate course which is useful and eligible for CPA exam ,so credit hours can be completed and on that base I can get good job.

        Warm regards,
        Keyur Panchal.

  • Parikshit Vyas says:

    I am a & CA from India working with a US MNC in India. I am intending to do CPA. I want to give me exam in UAE (Dubai).
    I need help to on evaluation process like which certificates to provide and in what form, which evaluation agency to select, which state board to select etc.
    I would be happy to go for a paid consulting service on this. pls guide.
    Parikshit Vyas

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Parikshit, as mentioned above, please contact Leslie-Anne for BCOM + CA cases. there isn’t a black-and white answer and she will take a closer look at your case and make recommendations. Regards, Stephanie

  • Lakshmi Narayanan says:

    Dear vyas,

    If you want to give the examination in dubai, you need to be a resident of uae. Otherwise, you need to travel to u.s to give ur CPA exam.

  • Avneet says:

    Hie Stephanie,

    I have done BCOM ans CS from India.
    Can i apply for CPA.

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Avneet, I believe it falls under the “BCOM + CA” category (i.e. I am not sure). Please consult Leslie-Anne Rogers. You’ll find her info above. Stephanie

  • LN says:

    Was not aware of this development. Gone are those days where CPA used to be a elite group..thanks stephanie for updating..

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      😉 Well I guess it is still helpful to get the license esp if one works in a multinational corporation or global CPA firms, but some Indian candidates do face a lot of obstacles in the application process, and one must decide whether it’s worth it.

  • Devendra says:


    I am Devendra From India . I am qualified chartered accountant and qualified company secretary with graduation in commerce .

    I want to know whether based on above qualification , for which state I should apply for co a exam ?


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Devendra, for BCOM + CA, there isn’t a standard way to get qualified (because strictly based on the rules, for most states, you cannot get qualified). Please seek the advice of Leslie-Anne by clicking on the link above. Regards, Stephanie

  • Bhavya shah says:

    Hi I did my Bcom (India) and Mcom part 1(India) is I’m eligible for abroad studies or it’s necessary to complete Mcom part 2. I’m eligible to satisfy 16 years education or do I need to complete the whole Mcom course. Please guide me.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Bhavya, as long as there are 5 years of higher education it’s ok (in the US people don’t count the years before the bachelor, so I assume you have 4 years: BCOM + 1 year of MCOM). You don’t need to complete MCOM Part 2 for the purpose of the CPA exam, but instead you can choose to take some non-degree course worth about 1 year. But then, I personally think completing the whole MCOM course makes more sense for your longer-term career. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • RK says:

    Hi, I’ve done my Under Graduation in B.Sc. (Computer Science) and completed MBA (specialisation in Marketing). Whether I am eligible to apply for CPA.

  • Anshu says:

    Hi,I have completed my B.Com in Accounts Honors and Passed CA Inter with 4years Working Experience.Currently I am Staying in Chicago.Can I Pursue CPA Course

  • SYBohara says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I registered and passed my CPA Exam by registering from Alaska based on Leslie-Ann’s advice for my BCom and CA Inter scores. I have 136 Hours and I plan on completing the balance 14 hour requirement through MBA in a college here in Dubai.

    My question is: Is Alaska picky about the type of course that is undertaken? I plan to get my MBA through class-room coaching done on weekends. Will my choice of college work for Alaska?

    I need your assistance as I don’t want to waste my time pursuing a course that isn’t recognised by my state and forfeit my CPA scores.

    Many thanks in advance and kudos for putting up a wonderful blog for all the CPA aspirants out there.


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi SYBohara,
      Thanks for your note. I’d love to help, but frankly I am not too sure about Alaska’s rules. It seems to be up to their interpretation. So I would copy and paste the above and email to the Alaska state board, and see if they provide an answer. Or you can ask Leslie-Anne. Regards, Stephanie

  • harshna says:

    Hi Stephanie

    I must say you are doing an incredible job by helping people this way . I wish you good luck for your future .
    Iam on H4 visa residing in detroit , I have completed my education and experience from India. BSC Biotechnology (a 3 yr course) + MBA in Finance and HR (2 yr course) + 4.5 years of experience in Finance (Trade financce)+ recently done online courses -Principles of International Banking and Finance from NYU and Introduction in Corporate finance from Wharton university also currently Iam doing volunteer jobs .

    Iam interested in sitting for CPA exam would you please suggest me suitable state and the agency that can opt for the evaluation of my education and work . Also will my previous experience be taken into consideration for CPA in anyway .

    Thanks in advance
    Waiting for your reply .

  • Sandhya says:

    I am on H4 visa and i have completed my 3yrs and MBA(Corporate secretaryship) (distance education) in India. I also have 4years of working experience.i am residing at california. Totally of 5yrs i would like to start my CPA. So which state i can apply for and i don have a SSN. What should i do now? please help me out.

    Waiting for ur reply.

  • Vanita says:

    Hi Stephanie: i have a bit unique scenario. I did my CA from India in 1999 right after my 12 grade. At that time, we had CA Foundation (4 courses); Intermeidate (6 courses) and Final (8 courses) that we would have to pass. I plan to start my 4 year degree now in US as I reside here. Can you provide any gudance for me. Thank you

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Vanita, maybe you can try and see if any of the US colleges accept some credits from the CA? Then you may be able to accelerate your studying. I am not sure about CAs, but I have friends from college who are able to graduate in 3, and even 2 years, based on their A level results (as well as hard work). Regards, Stephanie

  • ALEX says:





    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Alex, you do need to have 5 years of higher education to get qualified for the CPA exam. So in addition to the BCOM (or other qualification), you need 2 extra years. So I don’t think getting the CPA is a way out of not getting the BCOM unfortunately. Regards, Stephanie

  • Neelima says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Any idea how much time NASBA take for evaluation? If I start the evaluation now, will I be able to give any exam in october?

    Would appreciate your help!


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Neelima,
      It used to be quite quick, but lately I heard it takes at least several weeks given the bigger volume. It may also take time for the CPA exxam application to get processed (timing depending on each state) so it’s hard to tell… I’d say it is a stretch, but for smaller states it is likely ok. Regards, Stephanie

  • Prasad Allakonda says:

    My name is Prasad and I reside at India (Mumbai). I am Completed B.COM in 2014, so can i apply for CPA Exam if i want to be.

    Please informed/ guide me whether do or not.


  • Prasad Allakonda says:

    My name is Prasad and I reside at India (Mumbai). I am Completed B.COM in 2014, so can i apply for CPA Exam if i want to be.

    Please informed/ guide me whether do or not.


    reply me,

  • Malcolm says:

    One of the CPA classes in my city(Mumbai,India) told me that if i have completed my 3 year degree cource in accounts with all A Grades and if it is done through an “A” Grade accredited university then I shall receive an additional 30 credits for it i.e. 90+30=120 .

    I want to know if you have heard of any rule of this sort as i could not find it anywhere on the internet and I think it might just be a business tactic to make me join the classes early.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you,

  • pallavi says:

    Hi all ! I am Bcom and CS ..ICSI ..looking forward for CPA ..but upon doing my google searches it shows me ..that i definitely lack in credit hours. Is there is any way …like if i enroll for masters any institute and still can sit for the exam ..does any state allows like this.please advice

  • Richa says:


    I did my (h) from Delhi university (INDIA) its three years bachelor Degree course. And CFA from ICFAI Tripura university (6 semester, includes 12 subjects) through correspondence. Am I eligible for CPA.


  • anubhav says:


    Thanks for the Knowledge update.
    Can you please help me?

    1. I Am a Indian CA membership holder.
    2. I also have Graduation degree in Law(3 years) full time
    3. I also have Graduation degree in commerce ( 3 years) full time,
    4. I have work experience in Accounting ( 9 months), Audit ( approx 3 and half years).

    I am planning to do US CPA.

    can you please let me know few doubts?

    a. Does different states have different courses/syllabus? If yes, which is the best state to do ( ranking wise). Also, which state has the most passing percentage?
    b. Whats the difference if i pass and dont apply for license? Can i later apply (without giving any exams)
    c. What books/courses i need to study (Applicable to CPA)? any guidance on some authors?
    d. Is there any variations in fees as well for different states?
    e. anything to keep in mind before i apply and give exams?

    Thanks for helping and addressing the issue.

  • vinni says:

    I did my from kurushetra university (INDIA) A” Grade accredited university its three years bachelor Degree course and MBA in Finance and marketing from kurushetra university.i m going to USA California on K1 VISA.
    I want to do CPA ..
    Please guide me HOW can i do this.

  • Manoj says:


    My name is Manoj. I am from India. I am post graduate in commerce (M.Com) and CA. I wanted to start CPA as soon as possible. Can you please guide me about on how to get started with the evaluation process? I am currently in USA. What are the requirement in order to get the evaluation done? Do I need to be india physically to start this process? As I am in USA these days, I do not have my original educational certifications with me, I am not sure if I need those in original here.

  • Sawan Raykar says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I used the degree evaluation tool at World Education Services(WES) to value my Bcom Course.

    It says that if i have Division 1 marks and The university is credited NACC A Grade then it is equivalent to a 4 Year degree course. I satisfy both requirements.

    If WES analyses my course as 4 Year course, can i give the exam without expectations of license?

  • Rohit says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am currently based in NJ, USA and also have an SSN. I am working as a Process Consultant in Financial and Accounting domain (ERP implementations) with more than 12 years of experience in this area.

    I have done BCOM from Delhi University (Correspondence), CA Inter, MBA from Symbiosis, Pune – Distance Learning (Major in Finance) and Executive MBA from IIM Calcutta again Major in Finance.

    I am not looking for license to practice as a CPA, but want to pursue the same further my career in top consulting firms.

    I am narrowing down on CA State for CPA, but need your guidance on which state would work? Please help in narrowing it down.

  • Rupinder Singh says:

    Hi this is me Rupinder singh currently working as accountant and having 2 yrs of exp.
    I have done Bcom from iGnou and also mba from isbm(distance)…
    Kindly suggest me am i eligible to do cpa course

  • Rupinder Singh says:

    working in India..

  • Chandu says:

    Q1)Is distance/correspondence degree is considered as normal degree with 90 credit hours.

    Q2)Does CPA require continuous education untill degree? Because I started my degree after 2 years after my 12th. Standard.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Chandu,
      1. If it is long distance education offered by a US university, it is most likely ok; if it is non-US, then it depends on the state board. I can’t generalize.

      2. I am not sure what you mean by continuous education “until degree”. Basically you need to fulfill the CPE requirements after getting the CPA license, so you don’t need to worry about that for now.

  • Deepak .D. says:

    I passed my Chartered Accountancy examination in the year 1985 from ICAI. Prior to that I passed Bachelor in Arts from Kanpur University(Two years course ) with Economics, history and English literature as main subjects in the year 1975 and bachelor of Law(Two years post graduate) degree in 1978 from the same university.
    Do I qualify to be eligible to get admission to CPA course in US and if so in which state? My preferred place will be California. I have about 35 years of Corporate working experience .

  • Irfan says:

    Hi I am from india. I have completed following courses
    1) CA : Chartered accountancy from The Institute of chartered accountants of india in may 2002
    2) CMA : From Chartered management accountants of UK in Dec 2015
    3) B Com : From Mumbai University in 2000 From R. D National college

    I want to pursue CPA so please guide. I am now in USA

  • Ritesh says:

    Hi Stephanie, thank you so much for the advice that you have been giving for free. my query is i want to do CPA in Canada and i have BCOM from India, how do i go about this? is it the same as US CPA? Thanks in advance

  • Rizwan says:

    Hllo sir,

    My name is Rizwan, I complete my 3 years degree from Panjab University as a correspondence and now I am doing PGDCA for 1 year. Now I want to start my CPA so please tell me I am eligible for CPA .

  • Bachanesh Kumar Agrawal says:

    My son is in 11standard with commerce as subject. How should I plan his studies so as to make him eligible for taking CPA. Presently after 12th std there is entrance for CA in India so doing CA this way will lack the B.Com degree. What are options for him? Should I plan for further studies in US after 11th std.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Bachanesh,
      The US system is very different from that in India… if the US CPA is high on his agenda, then taking the accounting program in the US (i.e. attend university in the US) is the most efficient way to do it. If he prefers to stay in India, then he should need to at least take a relevant master’s program, such as MCOM, to get qualified. Hope it helps! Stephanie

  • Kanha says:


    I am B.Com (3 years degree from India) and done CMA from IMA, US. Please suggest if I would be able to pursue CPA, US. Does my credentials fulfill the requirement to pursue CPA?

    Thanks for your advise in advance.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      I am afraid not Kanha. They only accept credit hours from educational institutions, not from professional certifications.

  • Kunal says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    What would be the fastest way for me to earn accounting course credits. I’m a few hours from my States accounting requirement and would like to take an online accounting course to satisfy the requirement. I rather not take semester long courses so I’m looking for a something online that I can complete quickly and still get the necessary credit i.e. from an accredited institution.


  • Sravani says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I have completed ICWAI and CA and currently staying in Illinois and have the SSN also. Is Iam eligible for CPA exam.?

    What about If I get CMA also , is that help in getting CPA ?

  • Amit says:

    Hi Stephanie


    I am BCOM+CA+ CFA(Level 2 Qualified). Which state I should choose to qualify to sit for CPA exams and which evaluation agency (top 2) I should opt for to evaluate my credentials


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Amit,
      BCOM + CA is tough to get qualified these days (CFA is not useful in this regard). As mentioned above, please seek the assistance of Leslie-Anne. Good luck! Stephanie

  • vijay says:


    This is Vijay from India, I completed B.Com and ICWAI ( now ICAI – Institute of Cost Accountants of India) and pursuing CA final, I want to do CPA, My question is Am I eligible to do CPA course?, if yes which state I can choose


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Vijay,
      I am afraid ICWAI and most other professional qualifications are not useful to get qualified for the CPA exam, but you can still double check with Leslie-Anne and see if she can figure out a way. Her contact is at the very end of this post.

  • Ramya sree Tanna says:

    Can one opt for CPA in USA with a master degree (MCOM) from an IGNOU university ,which is a distance education.

  • kevil patel says:

    I have recently appeared for CA inter exams
    And I am really curious to appear for CPA course from USA as and when I joined chartered accountancy course and I will complete it only after completing it
    So thank you for guiding me……….. ?

  • Tarun Kumar Gupta says:

    I want to do US CPA. I have done B.Com and CA. I did my B.Com in 2005 with more than 60 % marks and CA in 2008. I also did Post Qualification Courses:- DISA (Information System Audit Course) in 2011.

    I did 3 years training from CA in India From 2006 to 2009. Afterwards, I started my own practice in 2009 as ACA.

    I become FCA on 2014 and I have 7 + years of experience in profession after qualification.


    Now I want to do CPA USA, which state is best for me and I want to get CPA License after examination .

    Thanks and Regards,
    CA. Tarun Kumar Gupta

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Tarun,
      I don’t perform evaluation for free. As mentioned above, for BCOM + CA cases please seek assistance from Leslie-Anne.

  • YUSUF says:

    Can i be eligible for the CPA exam.

    Best Regards

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Yusuf,
      The definition of diploma is different in different countries, so it’s hard for me to tell. You’ll need to get an evaluation report to know for sure.

  • Ankita Sinha says:

    Hello, I am in the process of getting my documents verified. In order to request the official transcripts, I wanted to check with you if only the final year B.COM transcript is required to be attested(In my case from Mumbai University) or the first and 2nd year certificates are also required to be attested by the University? Also is attestation required from the college as well?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Ankita, typically they need the full transcript to see all the courses you have taken, but you may want to confirm with you evaluator.

  • Kiran says:

    Hi Stephanie
    I am a CA and a graduate from India and I have done too but that is a Correspondence one… Can you help me out by telling me how i should go about it and which state i should register in?

    Moreover i want to know whether there are chances that after passing exams i get a job in US with visa sponsorship cause I am a resident of India.

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Kiran,
      I believe most states are now fine with the correspondence degree but please confirm with your state board.

      In terms of getting a job in the US, I have to say the CPA license does not directly help in this regard. It is best to work in a US company in India, be the star performer, then ask for internal transfer to the US headquarters or other offices. All the best!

  • mera says:

    I m mera
    I have done BA Pass from delhi unversity and PGDM (Finance) from
    Symbiosis unversity
    so pls tell me i can join CPA city of california usa


    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Mera,
      I am not sure how they consider PGDM, so it’s hard for me to tell. But in any case, California doesn’t grant license to non-SSN holder (although they let you take the exam). Please be careful for this. Regards, Stephanie

  • Richa Jain says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Ive completed my inter ca, internship and bcom from India and am currently in illinois. i want to know the process of getting my transcripts evaluated and which state would recognise my education for cpa.

    could you help me with this

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Richa,
      It’s tough for BCOM + CA to be honest… Please seek help from Leslie-Anne. You can find her contact in the above post. I would check with her before arranging any transcripts. Good luck on a smooth process!

  • Payal Bansal says:


    I am a Bcom graduate from India and have done CA Inter. Planning to give CPA exams in 2017. Can you suggest me for which state should I apply. And whether I should go for decided or undecided evaluation ?

    • Stephanie Ng says:

      Hi Payal,
      It’s tough for BCOM + CA to be honest… Please seek help from Leslie-Anne. You can find her contact in the above post.
      If you are to go ahead for the NIES evaluation, definitely go for the undecided evaluation unless you have an idea which state is good — I have no idea for BCOM + CA 😉

  • krishna says:

    Hi I am pursuing my CPA from India. I want to move to Dubai after my CPA. Kindly could u tell me the scope and opportunities for CPA in Dubai and starting salary for a CPA fresher

  • Jumana Haji says:

    I have completed my CA and B.Com degrees, and live in India. I wish to pursue the CPA course, since eventually I want to move to the US and work there. Could you advice me on which state I should apply to for the CPA exam, and through which evaluation agency?

  • Ritesh says:

    Hello. I have completed hons.from delhi university in 2016. Now i’m doing job. I wanna ask you. In order to fulfil 150 hour requirement for us cpa can i do through distance eduaction or i have to go for regular college. Is degree through distance education from recognized university of india elligible for cpa? Plz reply asap.

  • Parimal Patel says:


    I am pursuing MBA in USA. I already completed MBA in finance from India. Do I eligible for CPA in any states without taking any credit hours for accounting?

  • Neha says:


    I have completed my B.COM from Panjab University Chandigarh + LLB(3 years) from Panjab University and CS from ICSI New Delhi. i also have 2 years of working experience as company secretary. I recently got married and migrating to Canada. please suggest me my chances for CPA. Am i eligible for CPA exam? also suggest me any good course which i can pursue in canada.

    please help.

  • S. Abhinandhkumar says:


    My case is bit different. I am a B.C.A Student from Madras University, Chennai, with CA qualification. I want to know if I am eligible to apply for CPA.


  • ADEN says:

    Am ADEN who did my BCOM in India in regular & did my MBA now I want to do CPA here in USA. I live in COLUBOS OHIO pls guide me in a right way to pursue my CPA. BCOM 3 YEAR + 2 YEARS MBA
    Thanks in advance


  • Sumana says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am a Chartered Accountant by Profession. Also, I had completed by Company Secretary Course and I am a Graduate from IGNOU ( A one year course and as per the prospectus, I get 96 hours credit). I am keen to pursue CPA Course in the California State.

    With the above qualifications, Could you please advise me if I am eligible to appear for CPA?. Appreciate your quick response.

    Thanks for your guidance in advance

  • Asish says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    This is Asish from India…My question is that can B.Com+CS(Company secretary course) which is of almost 3 yrs can meet the eligibility criteria for CPA?…….If not. does any or non degree courses or Diploma courses can help apart from….If any please Suggest ….

  • Adeel says:

    Hi, I have 3 year B.Sc. Hons. degree in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes university. I am planning to comple 2 year Master in accounting. Will that be sufficient to qualify to sit CPA exams? Further which state is better to apply?

  • Sai says:


    This is Sai, I completed my BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) online from India and pursuing my MBA (Master of Business Administration) in Finance and Human Resources. I live in Dallas, Texas. Will I be eligible for doing CPA over here or any other options to pursue CPA here in Texas?? Please advise. Thanks.

  • Swapnil Kanara says:

    i have completed my 3 years from Mumbai university, if i do any 1 year course from NY, am i eligible for CPA examination

    • Soumil says:

      As far as I know, you are not. Because you need 60 MORE credit hours to be eligible for CPA. One year course will give you only 30 MORE credit hours.
      Some states in USA require 120 credit hours only, but they are slowly turning to 150. So better not to take risk.

  • Soumil says:

    I’m currently doing BAF(Bcom Accounts and Finance) and after i’m done with this, I’ll be doing MCOM (Business Management). Will it make me eligible for CPA? The above article states that you need an additional accounting course. So does mCom in Business Management qualify as an accounting course? Please let me know
    Thank you!

  • Manjunath Hiremath says:

    Hello I’m Manjunath , i am graduate from india and i am also a Chartered Accountancy student . Currently pursuing CA IPCC / Intermediate im yet to pass . I have completed my article ship/ compulsory training of 3 years under a qualified chartered accountant and i have been working under him for the past 5 years . I want to be a CPA , would be very thankful if you can guide me on how to go ahead . I would be glad to share further details if you require any .

  • Manjunath Hiremath says:

    Hello I’m Manjunath , i am graduate from india and i am also a Chartered Accountancy student . Currently pursuing CA IPCC / Intermediate im yet to pass . I have completed my article ship/ compulsory training of 3 years under a qualified chartered accountant and i have been working under him for the past 5 years . I want to be a CPA , would be very thankful if you can guide me on how to go ahead . I would be glad to share further details if you require any .

  • Ankita Sinha says:

    Hello, I wanted to enquire regarding the CPA licensing requirement. I am planning to give my exams in a Non-US location, preferably Dubai by November. I rad that if the exam is appeared at a Non-US location then the work experience must be certified within 3 years so as to get the license and keep the credits active. My question is how does the employer certify my work experience? I am currently working for Deloitte in a Tax role. Will my manager(who is also a CPA) certifying my work experience work in this case? Or some special request needs to be made to the company.

  • Nikita Sharma says:

    Hello, I am a B.Com graduate from Delhi University (SOL) and a Company Secretary and also a CA Finalist.
    Completed 3.5 years of CA Internship training and an experience of 19 months in a CA Firm and 18 months in a listed company.
    Am i eligible to apply for CPA Course? Please help, if any way it is possible.

  • sonalika says:

    Hi I’m sonalika from India and i am interested in CPA and currently I’m a graduate from davv indore! What route should i take to appear and pass eligiblity​ criteria of CPA exam? And I’m an ipcc dropout! What should i do next for the best..?

  • sonalika says:

    Hi I’m sonalika from India and i am interested in CPA and currently I’m a graduate from davv indore! What route should i take to appear and pass eligiblity​ criteria of CPA exam? And I’m an ipcc dropout! What should i do next for the best..? Thanks in advance!

  • S S Patel says:

    I am Holding honors degree of 4 years + qualified CA of ICAI having 30+ years experience in reputed Government of Gujarat, India, state corporation retired as CAO wants to pesue CPA us degree. pl provide me the regarding my elligibility and process to be followed by me to become CPA US

  • Gaurav Mandhyan says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    I am a Bachelor in Commerce from India, with around 8 years of General & Management accounting experience in shared services.

    I am currently appearing for CMA (US) Part 1 (Part 2 is cleared), and plan to take up CPA once I get the CMA certification.

    Would I be eligible from any state to for a CPA.


  • Sid says:

    I am B.Com. I want to take the CPA exam, but do not intend to take the COP (Certificate of Practice). Which eventually mans I do not want to practice. Its just for a job prospect.
    Will I need to fulfil any state’s requirement in that case?

  • Prashant Chauhan says:

    There is a MOU b/w ICAI & Ignou
    That CA Student Can Get BCOM a&f Degree After Passing CA-IPCC Exams & MCOM Degree After Passing CA-Final

    To Get these degree u have to pass just Only 5-6 Papers Organized by Ignou

    Are These Degree Valid From the Point of view of evaluation Credit system

  • Prashant Chauhan says:

    There is a MOU b/w ICAI & Ignou
    That CA Student Can Get BCOM a&f Degree After Passing CA-IPCC Exams & MCOM Degree After Passing CA-Final

    To Get these degree u have to pass just Only 5-6 Papers Organized by Ignou

    Are These Degree Valid From the Point of view of evaluation Credit system

  • Arsh Verma says:

    I did my WES evaluation in 2011 which gave me 121 credits (good to sit for exam in NJ or CT). Again did my NIES evaluation, they gave me 90 credits for my 3-yr B-COM degree from India. I’m planning to sit for CT as they accepts WES evaluation.
    Question: Do I have to physically be there in CT to give exam?
    Is it ok to go to NJ school to get the rest of 30 credits (making total of 150 credits)?
    What if I plan to get NJ license later on after passing 4 exams (which only accepts NIES), do I have to take more of 30 credits, total 60 credits, from NJ school?


  • Ajay gupt says:

    There is a MOU b/w ICAI & Ignou
    That CA Student Can Get BCOM a&f Degree After Passing CA-IPCC Exams & MCOM Degree After Passing CA-Final

    To Get these degree u have to pass just Only 5-6 Papers Organized by Ignou

    Are These Degree Valid From the Point of view of evaluation Credit system and eligible for CPA exam

  • Ajay gupt says:

    There is a MOU b/w ICAI & Ignou
    That CA Student Can Get BCOM a&f Degree After Passing CA-IPCC Exams & MCOM Degree After Passing CA-Final

    To Get these degree u have to pass just Only 5-6 Papers Organized by Ignou

    Are These Degree Valid From the Point of view of evaluation Credit system can eligible for CPA exam

  • Hello sir i am raushan and I completed Bcom account (Hon’s) and i am doing company secretary course am I eligiable to join cpa exam please guide me sir

  • Akshat Sanghvi says:

    Hello I am Akshat Sanghvi , the resident of India who has completed and pursuing CA. I m currently in CA-Final. I want to pursue CPA from U.S. including studies and exams there itself. Can you please tell me which States will accept me as their students pursuing CPA?

  • Yamini Goyanka says:


    I have completed my C.A. in May 2017, now i want to apply for CPA but the problem is that i dont carry B.COM degree. I have started doing C.A. after my 12th. So never thought of graduation through B.COM.
    So now can you please suggest me whether I can apply for CPA and if yes then how and in which city?

  • raghu says:

    Hi.. I have read all the posts but i could not able find the solution for my scenario. Can anyone help me.. I have done Intermediate(post-secondary education 2 years course ) i.e Civics,Economics and commerce, Bachelor in Commerce and Masters in business administration(Finance). i am looking to apply for Washington state or any other state. Will i get enough credit hours.. Please do the needful help. TIA

  • raghu says:

    Hi.. I have read all the posts but i could not able find the solution for my scenario. Can anyone help me.. I have done Intermediate(post-secondary education 2 years course ) i.e Civics,Economics and commerce, Bachelor in Commerce and Masters in business administration(Finance). i am looking to apply for Washington state or any other state. Will i get enough credit hours.. Please do the needful help. TIA

  • Bhadreshkumar Joshi says:

    I am Joshi, from Gujarat, India. Am US citizen.

    I hold M.Com. and AICWA from India. I derived my CMA in the US per the MOU subsisiting between CMA, US and ICWAI, India.

    So I am CMA- India and CMA, USA.

    I wish to become a CPA in the US.


    Do I have to pas all 4 papers or a remission is available to CMA, India + CMA, USA?

    I got my academic evaluation in 2011 from Educational Credential Evaluators, one of NACES members? Is that OK if it gives me the required score?

    Please reply.


  • Rose says:

    Hi, thank you for the great article above, was very helpful.
    I am a South African citizen and have a 3 year BCOM Financial Management degree and I also did 4 years of LLB in India.
    Is it possible for me to pursue the CA route in USA and where do I start? Which relevant organisation should i contact

  • Mrunal says:

    Thank you so much..
    I got the exact information what I was looking for..

  • Umair Abdul Rehman says:


    Hope you are doing well.

    Recently I have been looking for Job Opportunity in USA and for this one of the prerequisite requirement I came to know is whether i am eligible for CPA license.

    I have done 2 year Program and 2 year Master Program (in Economics) from Karachi University in Pakistan. I also have professional Qualifications of ACCA and further I am doing CA from ICAP Pakistan and need only two papers remaining to Qualify (Audit and Management Accounting).

    Can you kindly advise me that whether i am eligible to get 150 credentials hours for California Board based on my education status before i will proceed to get Foreign Credentials Evaluation Services in order to get my credit hours approved.

    Appreciate if you further advise me for the Credentials Evaluation Services as NASBA requirement is very stringent and they need all the certificate to be directly sent from Institute and here in Pakistan it require lots of time and efforts before. i have 4 certificates for each i have to go separately in each institute and the main problem is i am residing outside my home country so can you help me on this issue

  • Jyotika Tibrewal says:

    im jyotika n im from india can i go for business process management +its masters and then can i apply for CPA or i need to go for B.COM+M.COM to fulfill its eligibilty
    plz notify me.

    thanking you in anticipation

  • Arjun says:


    I have done 3 year BCom from a reputed university and then MBA in Finance from a reputed university in india. I am a working professional with 2 years of experience in Finance domain in India. Can you please let me know what I need to do to be eligible for CPA exam and if I am eligible, then what should be my way forward.

    Thanks in advance

  • Rachit says:

    My name is Rachit, I resides in India. I have completed 3 years of B.Com degree ,cleared CA Inter First group and currently doing MBA in finance(will complete first year in March).Please let me know if I will be eligible for doing CPA after completing first year of MBA or I have to complete 2 years of MBA to be eligible for CPA? Please reply as soon as possible. Thank you.

  • rashmi saxena says:

    Hello I am rashmi saxena has completed from Indira Gandhi National Open University and pursuing CA. I m currently in CA-Final. I want to pursue CPA from U.S..currently residing in Texas.
    suggest me how to apply and what are the requirements for applying for CPA

  • Thomas says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    I am a BCOM & MCOM Graduate from India, and I have experience in Accounting for 14 years, I am a resident in U.S. I would like to pursue CPA degree, can you guide me how to move forward and how to evaluate my certificates.
    I am residing in Laurel, Maryland.

  • Shailesh says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’m Shailesh has completed graduation & now I completed 1 year of ,so, plz guide me for cpa

  • Siddharth Jain says:

    Use ERES + California if you are a CA you can get the 150 credits.

  • Smita Jain says:


    I have cleared my CPA Exam from California State Board in 2012. I have been working since then but never applied for License. I am a BCOM and a Chartered Accountant. Could you please let me know the State I would be eligible to apply for a License. I am in an urgent need to get my CPA license.

    Could you please guide me or direct me to someone who could help me out.

    Appreciate your help.


    • Tejaswi tiwari says:

      Hello, Smita
      This is Tejaswi tiwari from Hyd, INDIA. I’m currently staying in san diego, CA, From 4 months. I have done BCOM, from india and now doing my master here. i need your help regarding how to apply for the CPA with having full credits.
      For contact I am giving my email down,
      Thank you. It would be a great favour if you help me.

  • Vijay says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    This is Vijay from India. I graduated with Bcom degree. I have a query regarding experience requirements. I have 5 years of public accounting experience including 3 years of CA article ship experience in a public accounting firm in India. I am planning to do my higher studies (MBA, FInance) in the US as well as having plans for doing CPA. I have the following questions:
    1. Whether a non CPA license holder can certify my experience requirements?
    2. Is the 5 years of public accounting experience accumulated under an Indian CA recognized as experience for CPA?
    3. If I complete my MBA Finance degree and get placed in a job in US, will that job be recognized as valid experience for CPA license?
    4. I am aiming for Fall 2019 batch of mba. Is it advisable to do CPA first or I need to wait until I finish my MBA? out.
    Kindly help me


  • Anant Verma says:


    I am an IT professional, with H1B visa, and I may have to travel to USA for official work for around a year, my wife a CA inter professional with >3 years of work experience and Masters degree in Commerce wants to pursue CPA course during our stay in US. Can you please help us out with all the information required, to pursue and complete the course, which includes application forms, eligibility criteria, fees etc. I would really appreciate if you can help us on this matter, as its really important for us.

    Anant Verma

  • Kedar says:

    I have done 3 years Graduation from Commerce and I have completed 2 years means 4 semester PG program Financial Management.
    Am I eligible for CPA

  • prashanthi says:

    Hi I am chartered accountant from India. I did the regular 3 years B com in college. I also have another professional qualification which is CS – company secretary course from India. I applied for colorado state board back in 2010 wanting to pursue CPA. I got education evaluated then. I cleared a few papers but could not finish all the 4 with in 18 months due to issues during my pregnancy. i also took 1 course from cpa excel that time.

    I am thinking of taking up CPA again but i see all the requirements have changed totally now. Can you please help? I also have to mention that i lost all my original certificates in a fire accident in 2015. So i applied for and got duplicate certificate from my university in India. Will this complicate things?

  • Nidhi says:


    I am registered with the New York State Board and have received my NTS for the examination. I wanted to know under which USA Visa Category I need to apply for appearing the examination.

  • Poorvi says:


    I have completed my and currently doing which will be completed by next year. I wanted to ask what procedure to apply for a CPA course and also whether the exam is conducted in India or not?


    I am Khushbu, residing in India. I have completed B.COM, M.COM AND pursuing in CMA Final (Cost And Management Accountant. I am interested in the course. Please provide details regarding the course. And I will appear for this course?


  • Riddhi Bipinbhai Kanakhara says:


    I am Riddhi. I have a query regarding my eligibility for US CPA.

    I am from India and recently shifted to Seattle, Washington. I have completed my BCOM and CA INTER + 3 years of articleship training under an Indian CA. I am a CA Final student and now as I have shifted to states i need to pursue CPA so kindly guide me that whether I am eligible for the US CPA exams or not? If i am not than what would be the requirement to get my self qualified for the same.

    Thank you in advance for your help to direct my future


  • Hiren Patel says:

    I am Hiren Patel , I have completed my CA from India since 2011.

    I am keen to persue CPA exam, Can you please guide for admission,training, Visa etc.

    Hiren Patel

  • Urvi Suchak says:

    Hi Urvi here,

    I am semi qualified CA i.e CA inter and Bcom from India with 7 years of work experience in audit & tax with a public accounting firm in India. I want to pursue the CPA and i am currently in Toronto, Canada on a permanent residency, so can you tell me what is the fastest way for me to become one ? what would be the steps like for me to start practicing with a full CPA license in the US.

    Thank you

  • Vignesh says:

    Hi, My name is Vignesh. I completed my Graduation = B.Com (Regular) 3 years + Masters = M.Com (Distance) 2 years +
    Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management = PGDFM (Distance) 2 years all courses from University of Mumbai – India. Additionally, I do have a work experience of 11+ years in FP&A with major Investment Banks. Could you please guide me what are the next steps to register for CPA course as I’m very confused with the procedures across different states in US.


  • Aman Kumar says:

    I have done bcom and I have some queries regarding cpa. For taking the exams I’ll have to appear in US or other mid east centers. But cpa license would not be granted as long as I don’t have any experience. Can you plz tell me how and from where can I get the 1 year experience under a cpa. I live in India, will I have to come to India after completing the exam from the center for getting work experience?

  • Ashwin says:

    I completed my PA, but still couldn’t pass the CA final exams. But I am in the idea of doing CPA, so that I could get a good pay. But looking at this article I came to know that having completed only is not sufficient to do CPA, also completing CA and then doing CPA is also a complicated one. But I wanted to do CPA definitely after Completing my CA. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

  • Nithin says:

    Does Bcom+MPA provide educational as well as experience eligibility for CPA certification?

  • Sonu says:

    Sir , i try to pass CA EXAM but I not done but I have

    & ONE MORE THING is that my age is cross 30
    CPA give me proud chance to get job

  • Sonu says:

    Sir , i try to pass CA EXAM but I not done but I have

    & ONE MORE THING is that my age is cross 30
    CPA give me proud chance to get job

  • Suyog Tiwari says:

    I’ve done and MBA in finance, and will be joining as US tax consultant, after how much work experience should I apply for CPA and what are my other options.

  • Bhaskar says:

    You have a very extensive knowledge and you have put the entire knowledge in this page. This is very useful and informative. Congratulations. Inspired by your post, I have advised my wife to walk towards CPA. She did her BCom in India. She has gone through n number of emails and visits to the local education stack. We live in Texas. Issue what we have – her BCom credits are parked at 90. To get graduation from Texas, they are suggesting to go for a three year course. Which costs lot of money and time. We have approached to community college. They offered 2 years worth of courses, and then it takes two years to get graduation of university. What to do? Appreciate your advice

  • Nanban says:


    I am Nanban, an Indian. I studied at University of Calicut (Indian University) for the graduation in Commerce,

    I Received my Marklist in Consolidated way instead of Marklist of each semester,

    When I checked below in nasba web address, I did not find University of Calicut is in the list.

    Is there any evaluation centers can suitable to Indian students? Do you have any ideas from visitors?

    Kindly reply me. Honestly, I am waiting for Study CPA for a long time.

    Thanks & Regards,

  • C Yogrshwor Reddy says:

    Hi this is Yogi
    Iam bcom and CA
    I want to study CPA in us university only is it possible
    Wht is the process ??
    Plz help me thanku

  • sharel says:

    Hi, I am Sharel, based out of california. I have a Bachelors in Business administration+ 1year masters in corporate communications from India. I plan to take the cpa exam later, and hence want to do a MS in accounting in usa. my queries: how do I determine if my undergrad will be considered for the 150 sem units requirements. will wes evaluation help me determine this. much thanks.

    • Meghan D says:

      The only real way to know if you meet the educational credit hour requirements is to have your transcripts evaluated. Yes, WES can help you with this.

      I Pass the CPA Exam

  • Rakesh sheral says:

    I am CA+BCOM in India..I want tonight to pursue CPA..please do guide me on how to registers the course and other details relating to CPA

    • Meghan D says:

      I’d highly recommend signing up for the I Pass mini-course (it’s free)! Most of your questions about the CPA Exam will be answered throughout the course. You can sign up for the free CPA Exam course here.

      I Pass the CPA Exam

  • Sharmeen says:

    I am doing my BMS in HR and want to know that i am eligible for CPA or not

    • Meghan D says:

      It will vary by state; but you’ll need to ensure you earn 150 credit hours in order to become a licensed CPA, which is the equivalent of 5 years of college coursework. I hope this helps!

  • Aditya says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for the wonderful article. You mentioned certain states recognized the CA certification as a 4 year degree. I have a friend with a CA certification (no degree in accounting) and over 2 years work experience at a big 4. Are there any ways to be eligible for the CPA?

  • Sindhu says:

    Hello, thank you loads for the information. I am done with my B.Com (hons) and US CMA. Will I be eligible to sit for the CPA exam? Also my B.Com program holds 152 credits.

    • Meghan D says:

      You need 150 semester hours to be eligible for the CPA. And most bcom holders only earn 90. So, if you took additional classes and your bcom took you about 5 years to complete, then you’d have the necessary credits. Otherwise, if the bcom took you the standard 3 years to complete and you didn’t take many additional classes, then no, you aren’t eligible.

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