Requirements for Examination [Section 2.2.1]

Education - Effective February 1, 1995, a first-time examination candidate must have completed at least 150 semester hours of college education including a baccalaureate or higher degree conferred by a regionally accredited four-year college or university or the equivalent acceptable to the Board, with an accounting concentration determined by Board rule to be appropriate. Candidates who first sat before February 1, 1995, must have met the requirements in effect at that time.

Minimum 48 semester hours upper division or graduate level accounting and business related courses. Accounting courses must be a minimum 24 of the 48 hours and include at minimum, three semester hours in:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Management/Cost Accounting
  • Government/Not-for-Profit Accounting

Residency - The candidate must be a resident of the State of Mississippi, except when proctored by another jurisdiction as outlined in Section 2.2.

Good Moral Character

Licensure Requirements [Section 2.1]

Residency - The applicant must be a resident of the State of Mississippi or have a place for regular transaction of business within this state.

Good Moral Character - Effective November 1, 2015, Applicants for Initial Applications and Reinstatement Applications for Original MS CPA Licenses and Reciprocal CPA Licenses (not for CPA Exam applications, firm permit applications/renewals, or for annual renewal of CPA licenses) will be required to complete an online background check.

Passing the CPA Exam - Applicant must make application for licensure within 5 years of passing the CPA examination.

Experience - The candidate must have at minimum, one year meaningful experience gained by full time employment within five years of application, under the supervision and direction of a CPA licensee such as:

  • Accounting and Auditing
  • Management Advisory
  • Financial Advisory
  • Preparation of Tax Returns or Tax Advice

Reciprocity [Section 2.6]

Required when other states' CPAs are performing public accounting for a Mississippi client or holding-out as a CPA in Mississippi and all of the following exemptions are not met:

  • Principal place of business is not in Mississippi, and
  • Hold a valid CPA license from a substantially equivalent state, and
  • Satisfy the mobility (practice privilege) requirements of Miss. Code Section 73-33-17.


  • Experience - four out of last ten years in practice of public accounting as a licensed CPA;
  • Substantial equivalence with Mississippi conditions for licensure.

Shall comply with all of the same Rules and Regulations as holders of original Mississippi licensees.

Retirement of a License [Section 2.5]


  • Retired Status: An individual who holds a current license issued by the board who is 55 years old or older and has timely filed a request for retired status on a form prescribed by the board which indicates the licensee does not perform or offer to perform for the public one or more kinds of services involving the use of accounting or auditing skills, including the issuance of reports on financial statements or other compilation communication, or of one or more kinds of management advisory, financial advisory or consulting services, or the preparation of tax returns or the furnishing of advice on tax matters. An individual may be granted retired status only at the time of annual license renewal.
  • Permanently disabled as affirmed by a written statement from the licensee's physician which states that the licensee is unable to perform activities regulated by the Board and clearly details the disability.

Application for Retired Status or Permanent Disability is only available only at the time of annual license renewal.

May only use the title "CPA (retired)"​