How long does the Academic Credential Evaluation take?

The evaluation can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks, depending on the amount of applications being processed.

How long do I have to apply for the license before my exam credits expire?
Three years from the date of passing the exam.


Are two-year institutions accepted?
Two-year institutions are only accepted if they are transferred into an accredited four-year institution.

What can be counted towards the business requirement?
Business can be economics, marketing, management, statistics, business law, finance, business information systems, etc.

How are quarter hours counted to meet the total amount of hours?
Multiply the quarter hours by .6666667.

Do transcripts need to be sent directly to NASBA?
No. Transcripts need to be sent to the applicant in a sealed envelope. The envelope must not be opened and must be attached with the application for Academic Credential Evaluation. If the school will not send the transcript directly to the applicant, the school can send it to NASBA. Please make sure that the transcript is addressed to the licensing department. Be aware that having the transcripts sent in separately could delay the process.

Can law courses given through the accounting department be counted towards the accounting requirement?

If there is a course that I feel is questionable as to whether not it would count towards the accounting requirement, what should I do?
Submit a course description, obtained from the school or the schools website, with the application for Academic Credential Evaluation.

If I thought that I met the requirements at the time of applying but actually did not due to some error in my transcript, lack of transcript being received, etc. Is it possible to waive the AECR?
No. It is your responsibility to make sure that all information pertaining to the 150 semester hour requirement is received. NASBA is not responsible for notifying you that you do not meet the 150 hour requirement since you can sit for the exam with less requirements.

Do I need to submit all official transcripts?
Reciprocity/transfer applicants must; however, exam applicants need to submit only the transcript that was not sent in during the course of sitting for the exam.

The application states to submit all official transcripts, do I need to submit my foreign transcripts as well?
No. Do not send in any foreign transcripts. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the CED, which is the only foreign evaluation company that Massachusetts requires.

Are online courses accepted?

If I passed the exam for the state of Massachusetts, do I have to submit verification of my CPA exam scores?

Do I need to wait to receive the AECR letter back before submitting my licensing application?


How do I find out information regarding experience?
NASBA does not handle experience. You can visit the Massachusetts Experience FAQ for information regarding experience.