Montana CPA Exam Requirements

Eligibility for Examination

As a first-time applicant, you must have:

  • Completed at least 24 semester hours of upper division or graduate level accounting courses, including at least one course in each of the following subject areas:
    • financial accounting,
    • auditing,
    • taxation,
    • management accounting, AND
  • Completed at least 24 semester hours in business related courses, such as:
    • information systems,
    • business law,
    • finance,
    • economics,
    • marketing,
    • ethics,
    • organizational behavior,
    • quantitative applications in business,
    • communication skills.

All educational requirements must be met at the time of application. Official educational transcript(s) and/or foreign evaluations are required to be submitted to CPAES directly from the academic institution(s) or the evaluation service.

An upper-division course is normally defined as a course taken at the junior or senior level and would exclude introductory courses in accounting. One quarter unit or hour of credit is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester unit or hour.

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 program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA Examination.


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

  • You must submit an official transcript from each school you attended.
  • 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