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Maryland CPA Requirements

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How to Become a CPA in Maryland

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150

Semester Units

2,000

Hours of Experience

$907

in Application Fees

No

Residency or Citizenship
Requirements

One

Mandatory State Ethics Exam

No

Participates​ in International
Exam Program

Getting your Maryland CPA

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CPA Exam Requirements

Education Requirements

Credit Requirements: 120 semester units

Minimum Degree: Baccalaureate degree

Additional Requirements: Must complete 27 general semester hours of accounting and a minimum of 21 hours in related subjects, plus 3 hours of ethics. There are two options to complete specific course requirements.

Group 1 – Accounting & Ethics Education: 3 semester hours in each of the following: auditing, cost or managerial accounting, US Federal Income Tax, ethics, and at least 9 hours in financial accounting courses and 9 hours in elective accounting courses

 

Group 2 – Business-Related Education: 21 undergraduate semester hours in five of the nine subject areas: statistics, economics, corporate or business finance, management, marketing, US business law, business communication, quantitative methods, and computer science/information systems

 

Residency Requirements

Citizenship: U.S. Citizenship is not required

Minimum Age: 18

Additional Requirements: It is not necessary to be a resident, employee, or keep office(s) in the state

State License Requirements

Social Security Requirement: Yes

Educational Requirement: 150 Semester hours (including Bachelor’s Degree) with 30 semester hours in accounting and ethics and 21 semester hours in business including 5 of the following subjects: statistics, economics, corporation or business finance, management, marketing, US business law, business communication, quantitative methods, computer science/information systems

Participates in International Exam Program: No

Experience Requirements: 1 year (2,000 hours) of work experience within government, industry, academia, or public practice under an active licensed CPA within 3 years of applying for CPA license. Services must include accounting, attest, consulting, financial advisory, management advisory, or tax services

Ethics Exam: Must pass the AICPA Ethics Exam

State Board Contacts

Maryland State Board of Public Accountancy
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651

Email: cpa@dllr.state.md.us
Phone: 410-230-6258
Fax: 410-333-6314

CPA Fees

Initial Application Fees $67
AUD $209.99
BEC $209.99
FAR $209.99
REG $209.99
Total $906.96

   *$155 re-examination application fee

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