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General Info for Evaluations

Acceptable credit consists of both two- (community/junior) and four-year institutions. 

Requirements & Option-1, 2 & 4 Definitions

Requirements & Options

Requirements

Please click here in order to review the Current Requirements. 

Options 1, 2 and 4
Option 1

A graduate degree in accounting awarded from an accounting department that holds one of the following accreditations:  

  1. AACSBThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  2. ACBSPThe Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

For additional information, please review the Graduate School section.

Option 2

A graduate degree in business awarded from a business department that holds one of the following accreditations. 

Or, a graduate degree in accounting whose institution's accounting department does not hold one the accreditations listed but its business department holds one of the following accreditations:  

  1. AACSBThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  2. ACBSPThe Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

For additional information, please review the Graduate School section.

Option 4

A graduate degree in accounting or business awarded from an accounting or business department that DOES NOT hold one of the accreditations listed above, a graduate degree in any other major than accounting or business and all bachelors degrees despite the major if the institution holds one the accreditations listed in the Accreditation section.  

General Institutional Accreditation

Regional

ONLY domestic institutions (two- (community/junior) or four-year) awarded one of the following regional accreditations by the American Council on Education are accepted:

  1. MSA - Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools, Commission on Higher Education *Formerly known as Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  2. NWCCU - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  3. NCA-HLC - North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission
  4. NCA-CASI - North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees
  5. NEASC-CIHE - New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  6. NEASC-CTCI - New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutions
  7. SACS - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  8. WASC-ACCJC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  9. WASC-ACSCU - Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Graduate School Accreditation

ONLY domestic institutions with accounting and/or business programs accredited by the following institutional accrediting organizations are accepted*.

  1. AACSBThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  2. ACBSPThe Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

*Graduate credit or a degree from a non-AACSB/ACBSP program will be accepted under option 4 ONLY.

Provisional Approval

In order to be considered for Provisional approval, which is automatically awarded when deemed possible, submit your online evaluation application, which includes your courses in progress, and transcripts with the previous term’s grades and/or degree (if applicable) posted as early as possible for full consideration.

DEFINITION:

Candidates are able to sit for the CPA exam before meeting all the requirements in effect. In order to be approved under this status, you must be in or about to start the last term in which, at its end, you will have met the current requirements in effect.

Please be advised of the following conditions for Provisional Status:

  1. Once approved, you are allowed to apply and pay for exams only once.  Please click here for details on how to select the desired sections. After the Initial Examination application is submittedno additional sections can or will be added to the Initial Examination.
  2. Once approved, we will withhold the hard copy score notice(s) for the exam section(s) you completed under this status. However, your scores WILL be visible online.

In order to lift these conditions, the final, official transcripts with all successful grades and/or degree posted* from the current term must be submitted and approved. Once the appropriate transcripts are received and approved (within 1-2 weeks of receipt), an e-mail regarding status clearance will be sent. At this time, the score notice(s) will be mailed.

*Please verify with the institution’s Registrar’s office regarding posting date before submitting transcripts.

CIP (COURSES IN PROGRESS):

Please do not include courses not currently scheduled for the current term.

If you are currently enrolled in courses, you must list them in the Courses in Progress section of the online application. If you change your course schedule, please contact your evaluator before submitting the Courses in Progress (CIP) form.

TIMETABLE FOR TRANSCRIPTS:

Whether you sit for an exam provisionally, by the deadline date assigned to your term, or you do not sit at all in the term in which you were provisionally approved, there are deadlines for submission of the final, official transcripts. For the specific dates, please click here.

Requirements Information

The information provided here regarding the educational requirements for the Illinois CPA examination requirements is for general guidance only. This information is NOT intended to be a means for evaluating your own coursework. The only way to definitively determine which Illinois CPA Requirements you have met is to submit a Credentials Evaluation Application, appropriate fee and required documents through the ILBOE Online System. For a complete description of Illinois CPA Educational Requirements, please see the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules: Administrative Code, Title 23, Subtitle A, Chapter VI, Part 1400, Section 1400.90.

Illinois Board of Examiners

The ILBOE has had the responsibility of certifying completion of all educational and examination requirements for CPA candidates since 1903. Learn More »

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