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 CPA certification requirements. In order to take the CPA examination in Michigan, applicants must have completed a curriculum required for a baccalaureate degree with a concentration in accounting. 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 a CPA Certificate

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. 

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Note:  Earning a MBA from CMU with a Concentration in Accounting, and selecting the appropriate courses, will meet the State of Michigan CPA Exam educational requirements. 

How to Apply for the CPA Exam in Michigan

An individual may apply for the CPA Exam while still enrolled in coursework.

Specific information about applying to take the Michigan CPA Exam can be found at:
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Specific Michigan licensing information can be found at: 

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