Minnesota CPA Licensing Requirements

Certified Public Accountants who acquire their license in Minnesota are some of the most well paid professionals in the state.  According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, the median salary for Certified Public Accountants in Minnesota was $59,700 in 2012.   So if you are already employed in an accounting related position and are considering returning to your studies, or if you’re just getting started in your academic career, you might want to consider the possibility of enrolling in an accredited CPA degree program.   In the paragraphs below we will try to provide you with some information you’ll find pertinent to your pursuits as well as some items specific to Certified Public Accountants in the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota CPA Requirements – A Closer Look

Minnesota CPA RequirementsThe professional and educational requirements for Certified Public Accountants are going to vary from state to state, and Minnesota is no exception.  With that said, there are some fairly standard requirements CPA’s everywhere can expect to meet prior to licensing.  Some of the more typical ones include:

  • That any CPA license applicant will be required to have completed an undergraduate degree program from an accredited 4-year university with a major in accounting or in a closely related concentration
  • That during the course of this degree program, the CPA license applicant will have completed a minimum of 150 semester hours of college courses
  • That the CPA license applicant will have taken the four-part Uniform CPA Exam.  This exam is administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants  and typically is taken over a period of 9 to 18 months
  • That the CPA license applicant will have accrued a minimum of one year (2000 hours) of relatable work experience in an accounting related position or in a closely related role

The state of Minnesota also requires that all an individual seeking a CPA license will have met the following educational requirements prior to sitting for a state exam:

  • That the applicant has achieved a bachelor’s or higher level degree that includes or is supplemented by at least 24 semester hours of accounting courses at the upper division or graduate level.  This should include the coverage of, but not necessarily separate courses in financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting
  • That the applicant has completed during their course of their studies 24 semester hours of upper division or graduate level courses in financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting
  • That the applicant has completed during the course of their studies 24 semester hours in undergraduate or graduate level courses in business-related subjects or accounting
  • That of the aforementioned 48 hours of required hours, no more than 6 may be from internships or life experience


To read about Minnesota’s CPA licensing requirements in greater detail visit the requirements section of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants website.

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