Michigan CPA Requirements (Rules on Exam and Licensing)

Michigan CPA requirements

Michigan state board allows candidates to sit for the exam with 120 credit hours, but 150 credit hours must be completed upon applying for the license. One year of experience is needed, which is typical of the “3Es” of the CPA requirements.

Michigan CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam in MI

  • Bachelor’s degree or above.
  • Accounting courses: 24 credit hours with at least 1 course in each of the following:
    • financial accounting;
    • managerial accounting;
    • auditing;
    • accounting systems and controls;
    • U.S. taxation; and;
    • governmental/fund accounting.
  • Business courses: 24 semester units.

Note to Indian Chartered Accountants:

Michigan no longer gives prerequisite to Indian CA holders and they no longer recognize your credentials from your chartered accountant qualification. If you are a BCOM + CA only (i.e. without a masters’ degree) I personally don’t think you can get qualified. Please read this post for further information.

2. Additional Michigan CPA Requirements to Get the License


  • Fulfill the 150 credit hours requirement
  • Additional courses may be required. Check out this educational requirement for details.

Work Experience

  • 1 year (2,000 hours) of work experience, verified by an active CPA licensee. There is no specific mentioning of the experience being supervised by a CPA, but please double check with State Board for their latest interpretation.
  • Public and non-public accounting, as well as taxation is considered relevant experience.

*Launched in Apr 2016* The NASBA Experience Verification service is now available to those who do not have access to an active U.S. CPA for verification.

Ethics Qualification

  • None.

3. Michigan CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required.
  • Michigan residency not required.
  • Minimum age: none.

4. Fees

  • Education Evaluation Application Fee: $90.00
  • Exam Section Application Fee: $344.80

5. Continuing Education

CPE is required for license holders. Click here for Michigan CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Michigan Board of Accountancy
Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth
P.O. Box 30018
Lansing, MI 48909-7518

  • Email: cpaes-mi@nasba.org, bcslic@michigan.gov
  • Phone: (517) 241-9249
  • Fax: (517) 373-216

What if the Michigan CPA Requirements Don’t Work for Me?

Check out these pages to learn about the educational and experience requirements, with my recommendation at the end of the posts:

If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment below, or visit my Facebook page.

About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley), and I also passed all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on my first try. Additionally, I have led webinars, such as for the Institute of Management Accountants, authored featured articles on websites like Going Concern and AccountingWeb, and I'm also the CFO for the charity New Sight. Finally, I have created other accounting certification websites to help mentor non-CPA candidates. I have already mentored thousands of CPA, CMA, CIA, EA, and CFA candidates, and I can help you too!

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