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Wisconsin Exam Requirements

Education Requirement for Examination

Applicants are eligible to take the Exam after they complete the education requirements according to Wis. Stats. § 442.04(5)(b)4 which states, "A person is not eligible to take the examination under this subdivision unless the person has completed at least 120 semester hours of education at an institution that include course work in accounting and business subjects, as determined by the examining board." The required accounting and business subjects are detailed in Wisconsin Administrative Code Accy 2.303 and Accy 2.202.

The accounting and business subjects required are:

  • At least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours at the graduate level, or an equivalent combination, including at least one course in each of the following subjects:
    • intermediate financial accounting
    • advanced financial accounting
    • cost or managerial accounting
    • taxation
    • auditing
    • accounting information systems
  • At least 24 semester hours in business courses other than accounting courses, at the undergraduate or graduate level, including at least one course in each of the following subjects:
    • economics
    • finance
    • marketing
    • management or organizational behavior
    • business law
    • information technology

Note: The courses covering the subjects of advanced financial accounting, cost or managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing would generally be courses taken beyond the introduction level. A course would generally be considered advanced financial accounting if it covers one or more of the following topics: foreign currency transactions, partnerships, state and local governments, not-for-profit entities, consolidations, mergers and acquisitions, intercompany transactions, fraud investigation, accounting theory, and accounting research.

Prior to June 1, 2017

A candidate for the Uniform CPA Examination must complete 120 semester hours of education leading to a bachelor’s or graduate degree in accounting that meets the requirements under s. Accy 2.202 (3).


If you have completed education in the U.S.:

  • 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.