Pennsylvania CPA Licensing

In 2009, Pennsylvania adopted CPA licensure guidelines similar to other states. To become a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania, students must complete 150 academic credit hours, have one year of work experience (1,600 hours), and pass the CPA Exam.

According to the NASBA 2012 Uniform CPA Examination School Performance results, first-time test takers from the University of Pittsburgh who completed the CPA exam within one year of graduation, boast a 75% pass rate, compared to an average pass rate of 61% by all Pennsylvania Institutions. The Katz MAcc program strives to improve the pass rate by teaching elements of the CPA exam not customarily covered at the undergraduate level, such as  governmental and nonprofit accounting.

  Education Requirements
(Effective January 1, 2012)
What degree do I need? Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited college or university approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy (SBOA)
How many credits do I need to complete? Students must complete a curriculum with a total of 150 credit hours, with 36 credits in accounting subjects to be certified. Accounting-related credits can be accomplished through undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of both levels of study.
What subjects do I need to study? These subjects include accounting and auditing, business law, finance, and tax subjects acceptable to the SBOA.
How many years of work experience must I have? CPA candidates must also meet work experience requirements. For more information, please visit
What are the CPA requirements in other states? For CPA requirements in other states, please visit