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 Montana. The requirements differ depending on the date you completed the Uniform CPA Examination:

If you completed the CPA Exam IN OR BEFORE May 1996:

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration in accounting;
  • 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of accounting, auditing and tax courses.
  • 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) of business-related subjects, such as: business law, management, marketing, economics and finance. No more than 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) can be accepted in any one subject area.

OR

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration other than accounting, if supplemented by experience that the board considers to be an equivalent education;

OR

  • baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a concentration other than accounting,
  • 12 semester hours (18 quarter hours) of accounting, auditing, and tax courses.
  • 9 semester hours (14 quarter hours) in other areas of business such as business law, management, marketing, economics, and finance. No more than 3 semester hours (5 quarter hours) can be accepted in any one subject area.

If you completed the CPA Exam BETWEEN November 1996 and May 1997:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • 24 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of accounting, auditing and tax courses.
  • 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) in business-related courses such as business law, management, marketing, economics and finance. No more than 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) can be accepted in any one subject area.

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If you completed the CPA Exam IN OR AFTER November 1997:

  • One hundred fifty (150) semester hours of education.
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an accounting concentration or its equivalent as determined by the board.
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours of upper division or graduate level accounting courses, including at least one course in each of the following subject areas:
    • financial accounting,
    • auditing,
    • taxation,
    • management accounting, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in business-related courses, such as: information systems, business law, finance, economics, marketing, ethics, organizational behavior, quantitative applications in business, and communication skills.

An accredited school is one that is accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), or one of the following regional accrediting agencies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools;
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges;
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools;
  • Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities;
  • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges; or
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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FEES

  • Transfer of Grades – $65 
  • Reciprocal – $65

INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES

Applicants with international education shall have their education evaluated by NASBA International Evaluation Services

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