Minnesota College Accreditation Levels

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Requirements to take the CPA exam and earn a CPA certificate in Minnesota vary depending on the accreditation level of the college or university that awarded the degree.

Note:This list is for reference only. To confirm an accreditation level for a college or university, check with an advisor or the school's accounting department.

Level 1 schools

The educational institution (a four-year degree-granting college or university) is accredited.

  • Academy College
  • Augsburg College
  • Bemidji State University
  • Bethel University
  • Capella University
  • College of St. Benedict
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • Concordia College - Moorhead
  • Concordia University
  • DeVry University
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • National American University
  • North Central University
  • Rasmussen College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. John's University
  • St. Mary's University
  • University of Minnesota - Crookston
  • University of Minnesota - Morris
  • University of Northwestern - St. Paul

Level 2 schools

The business school or college of business within the educational institution is accredited.

  • Minnesota State University - Mankato, College of Business
  • Minnesota State University - Moorhead
  • St. Cloud State University, G.R. Herberger College of Business
  • University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
  • University of Minnesota - Duluth, Labovitz School of Business & Economics
  • University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business
  • Winona State University, College of Business

Level 3 schools

The accounting program or department within the educational institution is accredited.

  • There are no Level 3 schools in Minnesota at this time.

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The MNCPA does not approve exam applications. Contact the Minnesota Board of Accountancy at 651-296-7938 with questions regarding specific courses.


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