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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 43 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

            1 semester hour of accounting professionalism

          43 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 MPA Degree Program of Work. For the most current degree program of work, please see the Graduate Advisor.

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 additional coursework 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 additional coursework and will need to complete a total of 55 semester hours of coursework to earn the MPA degree. Please consult the Graduate Advisor to determine the amount of additional coursework needed. All additional coursework can be completed while obtaining the MPA degree.There is no need for additional coursework to be taken prior to entering the program.