Mississippi CPA Requirements

A CPA is a certified public accountant who is licensed by a state board of accountancy.

To earn the prestige associated with the CPA license, you are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence by meeting high educational standards, passing the CPA exam and completing a specific amount of general accounting experience.

The two most important aspects of becoming a CPA are passing the Uniform CPA Exam and meeting licensing requirements in the state where you want to practice.

Mississippi CPA licensure Requirements – Overview
Educational Hours Required for Licensure150 Semester Hours
Residency RequiredU.S. citizen or legal resident, must be a resident of the State of Mississippi or have a place for regular transaction of business within this state
Degree RequiredBachelor’s or Master’s
Minimum AgeNot required
Application Fee$110.00
Additional RequirementsMississippi Board of Accountancy Site

Educational Hours Required for licensure

The Certified Public Accountant certification is one of the most prestigious professional certifications available. It indicates that the accountant has satisfied a demanding set of educational, professional, and ethical standards. In addition, candidates must pass the rigorous CPA exam in order to earn the distinction of this credential. Before candidates can sit for the exam, they must satisfy their Mississippi CPA requirements and qualifications. Each state has its own set of eligibility requirements for the CPA licensure, which should not be confused with CPA exam requirements. Below we will be discussing the requirements for the state of Mississippi.

Passing the CPA Exam – Applicant must make application for licensure within 3 years of passing the CPA examination.

Good Moral Character – Applicants for Initial Applications and Reinstatement Applications for Original MS CPA Licenses and Reciprocal CPA Licenses will be required to complete an online background check.

  • 150 hours or graduate degree and at least 48 credit hours of upper-level accounting or business courses.
  • 24 semester hours including 3 hours from each of the following:
    • Financial Accounting
    • Audit
    • Tax
    • Management Accounting
    • Government/Not for Profit Accounting
  • 24 semester hours excluding accounting hours noted above

Minimum age required

Minimum age not required. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or legally present in the United States.

Professional Ethics

No specific ethics exam required.


$110.00 – Init​​ial CPA License Registration + $100.00 – Board processing fee. $110.00 for firm annual license permit.

Work Experience

The candidate must have at minimum, one year meaningful experience gained by full time employment within three years from the date of successful completion of the CPA examination, under the supervision and direction of a CPA licensee such as:

  • Accounting and Auditing
  • Management Advisory
  • Financial Advisory
  • Preparation of Tax Returns or Tax Advice

A firm license process

Each firm and office thereof established or maintained for the practice of public accountancy in this State shall register with the Board within 30 days after it is opened, and annually thereafter, on a form prescribed by the Board.

Each office shall be under the direct supervision of a resident manager who must be registered with this Board and the holder of a valid annual permit.

Additional Information

While we do our best to keep all of this information up to date you are welcome to visit and or contact that Mississippi Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: 5 Old River Place, Suite 104
Jackson, MS 39202-3449
Phone: (601) 354-7320
Fax: (601) 354-7290
Email: administrator@msbpa.ms.gov
Web: www.msbpa.ms.gov
CPA Certification form: Mississippi CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Mississippi Annual Registration Form

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