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Patterson School of Accountancy
University of Mississippi

CPA Exam & Licensure

CPA Review Course

All master’s students have the opportunity to take our CPA review course, ACCY 615: Current Issues in Accounting, Audit, Business & Regulation, as an elective. The course is offered in spring semester and in full summer term. You are encouraged to take this course as one of your electives so that you can study for and take the CPA exam while you’re completing your master’s studies.

CPA Exam & Licensure

The university is approved to offer programs that may lead to licensure in Mississippi. In the case that you may seek licensure in a state other than Mississippi we are required by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and federal regulations to notify you whether we can or cannot confirm that our program meets licensure requirements in another state. This does not represent any change in our programs or in state licensing requirements.

Successful completion of a program may be part of the process of qualifying you for a professional license or certification in the pertinent field. Professional licensure or certification often requires one or more of the following: additional education, examination, experience, or training beyond the program offered by the university. Please review the information below to determine if the program meets the requirements for licensure in your state of residence or where you would like to practice professionally. Note that state requirements are subject to change without notice. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to verify the provided information.

All CPA candidates must pass the Uniform CPA Examination to qualify for a CPA certificate and license (i.e., permit to practice) to practice public accounting. While the exam is the same no matter where it’s taken, every state/jurisdiction has its own set of education and experience requirements that individuals must meet.

The Bachelor of Accountancy program at the University of Mississippi meets a significant component of the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Mississippi, as well as in other US states, territories or the District of Columbia.

Additional credit hours must be taken in order to complete these educational requirements, and these vary based on jurisdiction. The Master of Accountancy, Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics, Master of Taxation, and Master of Taxation & Data Analytics at the University of Mississippi are designed to complete the educational requirements for licensure. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer McClure at

The accountancy program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Individuals must meet state regulations for the state(s) in which they wish to receive a license. The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) supplies information relative to individual state regulations. If you have questions about the requirements for CPA licensure please refer to the AICPA website: