Department of Accountancy & Taxation

Education Requirements to Sit for the Uniform CPA Exam in the State of Texas

In order to be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA exam in the State of Texas candidates must have the following:

  1. An earned undergraduate degree
  2. At least 150 hours of college credits
  3. 30 hours of Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) approved advanced accounting courses (excluding introductory level courses)
  4. 24 hours of TSBPA approved non-accounting business courses
  5. 3 hours of TSBPA approved Business Ethics for Accountants course

The TSBPA added additional requirements as of July 1st, 2011 according to which candidates need to identify courses in each of the following categories:

  • 2 hour course in Research and Analysis in Accounting.
  • 2 hour course in Business or Accounting Communications.

NOTE: The new requirements can be part of the 30 hours of advanced accounting requirement

For 24 hours of non-accounting business courses TSBPA accepts up to 6 hours in each business area: Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Statistics, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Management Information Systems.

Additionally, the TSBPA will only accept up to 15 hours of on-line coursework.

The TSBPA makes the final decision on which hours will be accepted towards eligibility.  Students who wish to obtain an evaluation of their transcripts from the board should contact the TSBPA at:

Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 900
Austin, TX 78701-3900

Texas State Board Web Page: http://www.tsbpa.state.tx.us/
E-mail: exam@tsbpa.state.tx.us
Tel: 512-305-7851
Fax: 512-305-7875