Mississippi CPA Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Mississippi… 

How to become a CPA in Mississippi?

Although the CPA Exam is uniform, each state has different educational and legal eligibility requirements. If you want to become a CPA in Mississippi, read this guide to learn more about the examinations and licensing regulations in the state.

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Overview of Mississippi Requirements


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Year of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Mississippi CPA requirement details:

Credit Requirements: One must complete at least 150 semester hours in a four-year educational institution, including a minimum of 24 hours of upper-division or graduate-level accounting and 24 hours in business-related courses with at least three hours in the following:

  • Taxation 
  • Auditing 
  • Managerial or Cost Accounting 
  • Government or Not-for-Profit Accounting 
  • Financial Accounting 

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate or higher with a concentration in Accounting.

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: To obtain a CPA license in Mississippi, one must complete 150 semester hours, including 24 hours in accounting courses and 24 hours in business-related subjects required for the examination. 

Experience Requirements: Mississippi CPA candidates must obtain at least one year of full-time employment experience in accounting and auditing, management advisory, financial advisory, tax advisory, or preparation of tax returns under a licensed CPA’s supervision. 

Ethics Exam: Yes – applicants must pass the AICPA Ethics Exam with at least a 90% success score. 

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: No

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: Applicants must be permanent residents of Mississippi, be an employee, or run a business in the state. 

More Requirements: None.

Mississippi Board of Public Accountancy

5 Old River Place, Suite 104

Jackson, MS 39202-3449

Phone: (601) 354-7320

Fax: (601) 354-7290

Initial application fee: $150

Registration fee: $135 for four sections. 

Transfer of credits fee: $50

Re-examination fees: re-examination applicants must pay a Board fee of $238.15  and a registration fee for each exam section.  

AUD: $238.15

FAR: $238.15

REG: $238.15

BEC: $238.15

Total: $1,237.60

All fees are non-refundable.

Mississippi CPAs must renew their licenses every year by January 1. However, licensees must report their CPE hours by June 30.

To renew their license, Mississippi CPAs must complete a minimum of 40 CPE hours for each reporting period, including four hours of professional ethics study. One of these four hours must be obtained in the Mississippi Public Accountancy Law and Regulations study. 

For more information on the state’s CPA regulations, visit the Mississippi CPA Society or the Mississippi Board of Public Accountancy website. 

A detailed guide on Mississippi CPA examination and licensing requirements can be found on the state’s Board of Accountancy website. A detailed FAQ is here

Note: Read the Mississippi Public Accountancy Statutes for a better understanding of the state’s CPA examination and licensing policies.

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