Before applying for an Academic Credential Evaluation through NASBA’s Licensing Service, please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s educational requirements below. Please Note: NASBA’s Licensing Service evaluates only the educational requirement for licensure in this state. All other licensure inquiries are to be directed to the State Board of Accountancy.

To apply for an educational evaluation, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our licensing online application tool. Registering for a user account will allow you to obtain the required documents to submit with your application, apply for the evaluation, maintain your current information and check the status of your application.

Please allow up to two weeks from your file completion date (when application, fees and all additional required materials have been received) for your application to be processed. Acknowledgment of receipt of application will be sent to you via email, unless otherwise indicated. This notice is sent only as acknowledgment of receipt of application.

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EDUCATION

Below are the requirements to apply for a CPA license in Massachusetts.

- One hundred and fifty (150) semester hours of education

Plus ONE of the following options:

Option 1:

  • Graduate degree in Accounting from an accredited AACSB program

Option 2a:

  • Graduate degree in accounting, business administration or law from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
  • Thirty (30) semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level to include financial accounting, cost accounting, audit and taxation
  • Twenty-four (24) semester hours in business-related subjects at the undergraduate or graduate level (other than accounting)

Option 2b:

  • Graduate degree in accounting, business administration or law from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
  • Eighteen (18) semester hours in accounting at the graduate level to include financial accounting, cost accounting, audit and taxation
  • Eighteen (18) semester hours in business-related subjects at the graduate level (other than accounting)

Option 3:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
  • Thirty (30) semester hours in accounting (undergraduate/graduate) to include financial accounting, cost accounting, audit and taxation
  • Twenty-four (24) semester hours in business-related subjects, which must include business law, information systems, finance and at least one of the following: economics, business organizations, professional ethics and/or business communications

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Option 4:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution
  • Thirty (30) semester hours in accounting (undergraduate/graduate) to include three (3) semester hours EACH in financial accounting, cost accounting, audit and taxation
  • Twenty-four (24) hours in business-related subjects (undergraduate/graduate), which MUST include three (3) semester hours EACH in business law, business information systems, professional ethics and finance

Course Requirements

  • Associate degree/junior college courses will be accepted only if transferred into a four-year bachelor’s degree program.
  • Online courses, AP and pass/fail grades are acceptable when you receive credit for the courses at a regionally accredited college or university. These courses must appear on an official transcript.
  • CLEP credit will qualify toward the 150 semester hour rule when reflected on the transcript of a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Correspondence courses and/or commercial review courses are not acceptable.
  • CPA Review courses are acceptable if credits are awarded by a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Internships in accounting subjects are accepted to meet accounting course electives; they cannot be accepted toward specific subject requirements.
  • Personal finance is not an acceptable course to meet the finance course requirement.

 

FEES

  • Initial – $100
  • Transfer of Grades – $100 
  • Reciprocal – $100

INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES

Applicants who obtained their education outside the United States must have an evaluation report completed and submitted by NASBA International Evaluation Services or the Center for Educational Documentation (CED).

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