MPA degree program
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.
degree requires a minimum of 42 semester hours of coursework. Included in this
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
For details see the degree checklist (pdf, 31K).
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.