How to utilize the Fisher MAcc program to be eligible for the CPA exam in another state

Getting a Master's degree in one state but sitting for the CPA exam in another state can be a tricky situation depending on the jurisdictions involved. However, before making my decision to come to Ohio State, I  outlined how I would best use the program to be eligible to sit for the exam in Texas, which is deemed one of the strictest states in terms of requirements. I'm so glad that everything is working out smoothly so far.


Specific courses that count for the research and communication requirements, as given by the Texas State Board

Texas specifically requires 2 credit hours of accounting research, and fortunately, the Fisher MAcc program offers two electives that satisfy this requirement. I took Professional Research in Accounting in the Fall semester, and will take Tax Research in the second session of this Spring semester to fulfill this requirement.


Texas requires 3 credit hours of business written communication, which I didn't complete at my undergraduate college, since they built this requirement into its graduate program. The Fisher MAcc program doesn't offer any class at the graduate level to fulfill this requirement. However, I'm allowed to take an undergraduate class, which is Business & Professional Writing in the English department, as a graduate student. I'm currently taking it now, and I'm so glad that the MAcc program provides me with this flexibility to complete this requirement. In fact, the MAcc program requires a total of 31 credit hours to graduate. However, students can take up to 18 hours per semester, so besides the 31 credit hours, students can take an additional 5 credit hours, which I use for purposes like this.

I think educational credit requirement is one of the reasons most students may be hesitant to venture out and go to a different school for the graduate degree. However, with good planning, it is totally possible. Many of my fellow classmates are planning to sit for the exams in different states, such as New York, Illinois, and California, and they have all have worked up their strategies on how to build their class schedules to best fulfill the requirements of the states they want to register with.