What is a CPA?

The Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is an internationally accepted designation for public accountants and is beneficial for those seeking careers in public accounting.  Each state and jurisdiction determines their CPA Certification requirements. 

Michigan CPA Requirements

Requirements to take the CPA Examination in Michigan are different from what are necessary for the CPA Certification.  A student who earns a BSBA with a major in Accounting at CMU meets the Michigan educational requirements to take the CPA Exam. 

Education Requirements for CPA Certification

In general, an applicant must have completed at least 150 semester hours of college education, including a baccalaureate degree or higher degree with a concentration in accounting, at an educational institution approved by the board. Central Michigan University's School of Accounting is board-approved. 
Note:  Earning an accelerated MBA from CMU with a Concentration in Accounting, and selecting the appropriate courses, will meet the State of Michigan education requirements  for CPA Certification. 

Through the accelerated MBA, students have the opportunity to "double-count'' certain accounting courses while completing their CMU baccalaureate degree in business administration. 

How to Apply for the CPA Exam in Michigan

How to Register for the CPA Exam in Michigan

Information for Transcripts from Outside th
e United States

NASBA International Website

Michigan Licensing Information     


For more information, please stop by the School of Accounting Office in Grawn 312,
or email
SOA@cmich.edu or (989) 774-3796.