Missouri 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.

Missouri CPA licensure Requirements – Overview
Educational Hours Required for Licensure150 Semester Hours
Residency RequiredU.S. citizen or legal resident
Degree RequiredBachelor’s or Master’s
Minimum AgeNot required
Application Fee$90.00
Additional RequirementsMissouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri.

  • Applicant must have passed the Uniform CPA Exam and an Ethics exam acceptable to the Board.
  • 150 semester hours of college education including a baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by an accredited college or university recognized by the board with a concentration or major in accounting or substantially the equivalent of a concentration in accounting.
  • (36) semester hours or fifty-four (54) quarter hours of accounting and other related courses are required.
  • At least eighteen (18) semester hours or twenty-seven (27) quarter hours shall be accounting courses with at least one (1) course in auditing.
  • The remaining eighteen (18) semester hours or twenty-seven (27) quarter hours shall be in accounting or other areas of business administration such as business law, tax, statistics, economics, finance, marketing, management, information technology and business communications.

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

Candidates who have successfully passed the examination will be required to complete the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s continuing professional educational course “Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course On-Demand (For Licensure).”


$90.00 for the individual application and $90.00 for firm annual permit.

Work Experience

The candidate will have a minimum of one (1) year of experience consisting of full or part-time employment that extends over a period of no less than one (1) year and no more than three (3) years and includes no fewer than two-thousand (2,000) hours.

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.

Missouri CPA firm Registration

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 Missouri Board of Accountancy with any other questions you might have.

Missouri State Board of Public Accountancy
Address: 3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 613
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0613
Phone: (573) 751-0890
Fax: (800) 735-2966
Email: mosba@pr.mo.gov
Web: pr.mo.gov
CPA Certification form: Missouri CPA Certification Form
Annual Registration form: Missouri Annual Registration Form

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