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MPA degree program


The MPA degree is designed for individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in any discipline except accounting (e.g., biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, finance, history, mathematics, political science, etc.). Completion of the degree will prepare the student for a career in industry, government, or public accounting (with minor additional coursework). Student advising is provided by the Graduate Accounting Advisor.



The MPA degree requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of coursework. Included in this total are:

          24 semester hours of required accounting courses
            6 semester hours of accounting electives

               12 semester hours of business electives

          42 total semester hours

Up to three hours of accounting may be taken as business electives. Due to the new CPA exam eligibility requirements, it is strongly recommended that BCOM 5375 (Business Communications) and ACCT 5380 (Ethics in Accounting) be selected as two of the student's business electives.  Ethics is not considered an accounting course, but rather a business elective.

For details see the degree checklist (pdf, 31K).

Background Requirements
The program also includes a requirement that students demonstrate current competency in certain background (undergraduate-level) 'General Education' and 'Business Education' areas prior to enrollment in advanced coursework. If college-level courses in these areas have not been completed with a grade of A or B, students must include these courses in their program of work.

Students who hold an undergraduate business degree will normally satisfy the background requirements without additional coursework. Students with an undergraduate degree in science or engineering will normally have six hours of  deficiency and will need to complete a total of 48 semester hours of coursework to earn the MPA degree. Students holding an undergraduate degree in areas other than business, science, or engineering will normally have 12 hours of deficiencies and will need to complete a total of 54 semester hours of coursework to earn the MPA degree.


Sample Programs of Work

Sample (non-authoritative) programs of work are provided below.


          1. Sample program of work for business majors (pdf, 25K).

          2. Sample program of work for science and engineering majors (pdf, 35K).

          3. Sample program of work for liberal arts majors (pdf, 40K).

For more information contact:
To apply for admission contact: Graduate Admissions Center
To reserve a seat at the next Graduate Forum visit: Graduate Forum website