Mississippi CPA Requirements for Exam and Licensing

Mississippi CPA requirementsThe Mississippi State Board generally requires an accounting concentration in order to sit for the examination, with 48 semester hours of upper division or graduate classes in accounting and general business.

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

Mississippi CPA Requirements

1. Education Requirements to Sit for the CPA Exam

  • Bachelor’s degree or above with accounting concentration.
  • 150 semester units from an accredited university or educational institution.
  • Must have at least 48 semester units of upper-division accounting or business courses.
  • Accounting courses: 24 semester units, including 3 units for each of:
    • Financial Accounting
    • Auditing
    • Taxation
    • Management Accounting
    • Government/Not for Profit Accounting
  • Other general business courses: 24 semester units.

2. Additional Mississippi CPA Requirements  for the License


  • None.

Work Experience

  • 1 year of relevant work experience, supervised and verified by a CPA licensee.

Ethics Qualification

  • None required.

3. Mississippi CPA Requirements on Residency & Age

  • US citizenship not required.
  • Candidate must be a resident or “have a place for regular transaction of business within this state”.
  • Minimum age: none.

4. CPA Exam Fees in Mississippi

  • Initial Board Administrative Application/Processing Fee (Nonrefundable for all first time applications, 1-4 sections): $150
  • Re-Examination Fees: Four sections = $135, three sections = $115, two sections = $95, and one section = $75
  • Credit Transfer Fee: $50

5. Continuing Education Requirement

CPE is needed for license holders. Please click here for Mississippi CPA CPE requirements.

6. Other Useful Information

7. Contact

Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy
5 Old River Place, Suite 104
Jackson, MS  39202-3449

  • Email: email@msbpa.state.ms.us
  • Phone: 601-354-7320
  • Fax: 601-354-729

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

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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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