Can I take the CPA exam without having a bachelor degree?

It's unlikely that you can take the CPA Exam without a bachelor's degree. However, some states may allow you to take the CPA exam if your have 120 college credit hours. To get the official answer and information on the courses needed, review your state's requirements by doing an internet search for your state's board of accountancy.

Being able to take the rigorous CPA Exam is one thing, passing it is another, since only half earn a passing score on the the CPA Exam.

Your state's board of accountancy will also describe what is required to become a licensed certified public accountant. The list includes having:

  • Passed the CPA Exam
  • Earned 150 college credit hours in courses specified by your state
  • Passed an ethics exam
  • Had a specified amount of professional accounting work experience