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Master's Degree in Accounting

Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)

The Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program is designed to serve both as a fifth year of study for continuing undergraduate students who intend to meet requirements for a CPA license and as a part-time program for individuals working in accounting and related fields.

Though some students will proceed to doctoral level preparation, the overall goal of the program is to prepare individuals for business endeavors. The program emphasizes specialization in specific regionally-relevant organizational types, including small and entrepreneurial firms, service firms, and government. All classes are offered in the evening. 

Graduate Accounting Program Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • An accounting GPA of at least 3.0
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better
  • ENTRANCE SCORE: ES = (GPA X 200) + GMAT): above 1120

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.5 in the last 60 credit hours of coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree
  • GMAT scores at average percentile or better - ENTRANCE SCORE: ES = (GPA X 200) + GMAT): at least 1000
  • OTHER EVIDENCE: At least one of the following:
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Professional experience and/or awards

Students lacking academic business or accounting prerequisites or with a deficiency in their accounting GPA may be granted conditional status subject to the completion of the leveling coursework and/or achievement of the required GPA in undergraduate accounting courses. Conditional admission will normally be changed to regular status upon successful completion of pre-professional leveling courses including an accounting GPA of 3.0 in the pre-professional courses.

*GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and above or a GPA of 3.25 and above in the last 60 hours in the undergraduate degree, from an accredited university. Students who are granted the GMAT waiver will be required to submit two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an immediate supervisor or instructor that can testify to the applicant’s professional experience.

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MPA Degree Requirements 

  • Students are required to complete 36 semester credit hours. 
  • Students must maintain an overall average of B and overall 3.0 GPA every semester. 
  • Students choosing the research option must complete either 30 semester credits of prescribed study plus a thesis, or 33 semester credits of prescribed study plus a research problem.  

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