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Missouri Exam Requirements

Eligibility for Examination

As a first-time applicant, you must be:

  • Of good moral character;
  • A resident in Missouri, be regularly employed in Missouri, or have a place of business in Missouri; and
  • Have 150 semester hours of general college education to include:
    • a baccalaureate degree or higher;
    • thirty-three semester hours in accounting (at least one course in auditing and at least 18 semester hours of the accounting courses must be upper division accounting). Please Note: Accounting Law and Business Law courses are not acceptable toward the accounting requirement regardless of the department in which they were offered;
    • twenty-seven semester hours in general business courses (e.g., marketing, management, economics, finance, etc.).

Educational requirements must be met no later than 60 days following the actual date you took your first test section(s). Official transcript(s), Certificate of Enrollment, evaluations, etc., are to be submitted to CPAES at the time of application.

Transcripts

If you who have completed the educational requirement at the time of application:

  • You must submit an official transcript from each school you attended. Transfer credits are not acceptable; you must submit a transcript from each institution.
  • Official transcripts are those that have been issued by the institution’s Registrar’s Office and include the Registrar’s official seal.
  • The degree you have earned must be posted on your official transcript.
  • Transcripts may be submitted electronically provided they are official. Some schools do not offer this service. Contact your Registrar’s office for additional information. If an email address is required for electronic delivery, use etranscript@nasba.org. Electronically delivered transcripts must be submitted directly from the institution(s).
  • Photocopies of transcripts are not official and cannot be accepted.
  • If required documentation is not received within 45 days of the submission date of your application, your application will be marked as incomplete and will not be processed further. Failure to submit all required supporting documents will result in the denial of your application, forfeiture of your application fee, and the secure destruction of all documents submitted.
  • Please Note: If you have not yet applied when you submit your transcripts, your education documents will be kept on file for one year. After that time, the documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents when you apply.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.

If you are currently enrolled in college at the time of application, you must:

  • submit an official transcript from each school you attended.
  • submit to CPAES a completed Certificate of Enrollment form. This form is evidence that you are currently enrolled and that all courses and graduation requirements will be completed no later than 60 days following the actual date you took the first test section. The form must be signed by an authorized official of the college and signed by the you.
  • The official transcript(s) and Certificate of Enrollment form may be submitted by you.
  • If required documentation is not received within 45 days of the submission date of your application, your application will be marked as incomplete and will not be processed further. Failure to submit all required supporting documents will result in the denial of your application, forfeiture of your application fee, and the secure destruction of all documents submitted.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.

After all educational requirements have been met, you must:

  • have the academic institution(s) submit to CPAES an official transcript to confirm degree conferral and satisfactory completion of courses.
  • The final official transcript must display satisfactory completion of all courses and the degree graduation date.
  • The official transcript may be submitted by you.

You are also advised:

  • Examination scores will not be released, nor will you be permitted to take future examinations until CPAES receives the final official transcript.
  • Failure to successfully complete the courses and/or degree requirements as indicated on the Certificate of Enrollment will result in the examination score(s) being voided.
  • If the required final official transcript is not received, the application will be determined to be incomplete and you will not receive examination score(s), will not receive any credit for any Uniform CPA Examination section taken, and will not be permitted to take any future examinations and will be required to reapply as a First-time applicant.

If you have completed educational requirements at institutions outside the U.S., you must:

  • have your educational credentials evaluated by:
  • obtain the form to request this service from the evaluation service agency,
  • submit a translated copy of each international transcript used for the evaluation,
  • require the agency to evaluate as follows:
    • An equivalency summary that indicates the analogous academic degrees in the U.S. you hold;
    • A credential analysis that specifies:
      • The name of the country;
      • The degree awarded;
      • The year the degree was awarded; and
      • The entity that awarded the degree;
    • A course-by-course listing; and
    • A course credit analysis that includes:
      • Total credits earned toward the degree as stated on transcripts submitted;
      • Total accounting credits earned; and
      • Total business credits earned.
  • Completed original evaluations must be received by CPAES directly from the evaluation service at the time of application. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • If required documentation is not received within 45 days of the submission date of your application, your application will be marked as incomplete and will not be processed further. Failure to submit all required supporting documents will result in the denial of your application, forfeiture of your application fee, and the secure destruction of all documents submitted.
  • A copy of the international transcript must be included with the report sent to NASBA for each individual evaluation from the evaluation service. The application will be considered incomplete without these documents and the processing of the application will not move forward until transcripts are provided.
  • Please Note: If you have not yet applied, education documents received will be kept on file for one year. After that time, these documents will be destroyed, and you will need to resubmit new education documents at the time of application.
  • If you completed courses at a campus located outside the U.S. for a school located in the U.S., the official transcript must be issued by the registrar from the U.S. campus. Transcripts issued by the registrar for the campus located outside the U.S. will not be accepted.
  • Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant or similar program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.

Course Requirements

  • CPA Review courses offered by regionally accredited institutions are accepted to meet the 150 hour requirements. Courses will be accepted provided credit is awarded for the courses. These courses can be used to fulfill the accounting or business requirements, but NOT the auditing course requirement.
  • Commercial CPA review courses are not acceptable.
  • Education earned at a community college or two-year degree granting institution is acceptable.
  • Correspondence, online courses and CLEP credit are acceptable when you receive credit for the courses at a regionally accredited university. CLEP credits are only accepted to meet the 150 hour requirement. These courses must appear on an official transcript.

Residency

You must be a resident of Missouri, have a place of business in Missouri, or as an employee be regularly employed in Missouri to be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination.

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