Missouri CPA Exam Requirements

How to become a CPA in the state of Missouri…

How to become a CPA in Missouri?

If you’re looking for Missouri CPA examination and licensing policies, this page is for you – it contains everything you need to know about the educational, experience, and legal eligibility requirements. You will also find information on CPA renewals and CPE.

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Overview of Missouri Requirements


Semester Units


in Application fees


Hours of Experience


Residency or 

Citizenship Requirements


International Exam Program


Ethics Exam

Missouri CPA Exam requirement details:

Credit Requirements: Missouri CPA Exam applicants must complete at least 120 semester hours, including a minimum of 24 hours in business-related courses and 24 hours in accounting. 

Minimum degree: Baccalaureate or higher.

Additional Requirements: None.

Educational Requirement: Missouri CPA applicants must have 150 semester hours, including 24 hours in accounting and 24 hours in business subjects, to obtain a license. 

Experience Requirements: Applicants must obtain 2,000 hours of full-time accounting-specific work experience. For auditors, the requirement is 4,000 hours within two years, including 2,000 hours in an auditing-specific position. The experience must be confirmed by a licensed CPA. 

Ethics Exam: Yes – applicants must pass the AICPA Ethics Exam for licensure. 

Social Security Requirements: Yes

Participates in International Exam Program: Yes

Minimum Age: 18 years.

Citizenship: Applicants don’t have to be citizens of the U.S. or permanent residents of Missouri. 

More Requirements: None.

Board of Accountancy

3605 Missouri Boulevard

P.O. Box 613

Jefferson City, MO  65102-0613

573.751.0012 Telephone

573.751.0890 Fax

800.735.2466 Voice Relay

[email protected]

Initial application fee: $180

Registration fee: $100

Re-examination fees: re-examination applicants must pay a Board fee of $238.15 and a registration fee of $100.  

AUD: $238.15

FAR: $238.15

REG: $238.15

BEC: $238.15

Total: $1,232.60

All fees are non-refundable.

Missouri CPA licenses must be renewed every two years. They are valid from October 1 to September 30.

All Missouri licensees must complete 40 hours of CPE per year, including two hours of ethics study, to maintain their permit for practice. Missouri Board of Accountancy permits 100% of the CPE to be taken as self-study.

For more information on Missouri’s CPA policies, contact the Missouri Board of Accountancy or visit the Missouri Society of CPAs page. 

A detailed guide on becoming a CPA in Missouri is here. It contains detailed educational and experience examination and licensure requirements. 

Note: Read the 2017 Missouri Revised Statutes, Title XXll, Occupations and Professions, Chapter 326, Accountants for a better understanding of the state’s CPA policies.

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