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Master of Professional Accountancy Degree Requirements

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To graduate with a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree, students must meet several requirements. 

First, the MPA requires a foundation in core business areas, referred to as Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses.  Students with undergraduate degrees in business will have taken many, if not all, of these courses in their bachelor’s degrees.  Students without business degrees may complete these CBK courses at the undergraduate or graduate level (or a combination of the two). 

Second, students must be proficient in accounting-specific undergraduate courses, called Accounting Core Requirements here.

Students who have completed the CBK and Accounting Core Requirements in their undergraduate work will begin their MPA degrees with Advanced Topic Requirements and then Approved Electives.  These two groups of courses will be combined to accomplish the 30 graduate credit minimum requirements for the MPA degree.

As students complete their graduate credit requirements, they should consider these policies:

  • At least 15 credits of course work must be numbered 730 or higher.
  • Students are required to earn a minimum overall graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate ACCOUNT courses.

To complete the MPA degree, students must pass a comprehensive MPA Examination under the direction of the MPA Coordinator.  A 3.0 GPA, considered good standing in the graduate program, is required at the beginning of the term in which they apply to take the Comprehensive MPA exam.

Common Body of Knowledge (0 – 17 credits)

Students who have not completed the following courses or their equivalents as undergraduates will need to enroll in the undergraduate or graduate versions of the following courses:

Undergraduate Preparation

You must have completed these courses with at least a grade of a C in order to satisfy the undergraduate preparation requirement.

  • ACCOUNT-244 Intro to Financial Accounting (3 units/credits)
  • ACCOUNT-249 Intro to Managerial Accounting (3 units)
  • ECON-202 Macro Economics (3 units) and
  • ECON-201 Micro Economics (3 units)
  • ECON-245 Business Statistics (3 units)
  • FNBSLW-341 Business Law (3 units)
  • FNBSLW-344 Business Finance (3 units)
  • MANGEMNT-306 Operations Management (3 units)
  • MARKETNG-311 Marketing Principles (3 units)

Graduate Equivalent of Undergraduate Preparation Courses

Students may choose to take these graduate equivalents of the undergraduate preparation courses, or they may mix undergraduate with graduate courses.  They should consult an advisor to help make their decisions.
  • ACCOUNT-701 Accounting Foundations (2 units/credits)
  • ACCOUNT-725 Profit Planning and Control (2 units)
  • ECON-703 Statistics Foundations (3 units)
  • ECON-704 Economics Foundations (2 units)
  • FNBSLW-721 Legal Environment of Business (2 units)
  • FNBSLW-718 Financial Management (2 units)
  • MANGEMENT-719 Operations Management (2 units)
  • MARKETNG-716 Marketing (2 units)

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) credits are counted as requirements in addition to the minimum 30 graduate credits required for the MPA.
If students have completed any of the following accounting core requirement courses as undergraduates with a grade of at least a C, they do not need to take the corresponding courses as part of the MPA program.


Accounting Core Requirements

  • ACCOUNT-261 Intermediate Accounting I (3 units/credits)
  • ACCOUNT-343 Intermediate Accounting II (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-451 or 651 Tax I (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-461 Advanced Financial Accounting (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-456 or 656 Cost Management (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-454 Accounting Information Systems (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-465 Auditing (3 units)

Advanced Topic Requirements (21 credits)

These graduate courses or their equivalents are required of all MPA students.

  • ACCOUNT-783 International Accounting (3 units/credits) OR ACCOUNT-748 Financial Statement Analysis (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-751 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (unless taken as an equivalent undergraduate course)  (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-756 Corporate and Special Entities Tax (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-757 Issues in Financial Accounting (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-767 Forensic Accounting & Professional Ethics (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT-781 Advanced Accounting Theory (3 units)
  • FNBSLW-542 Advanced Business and Commercial Law (3 units)

Approved Graduate Electives (0 - 18 credits to reach a total of 30 graduate credits)

With the assistance of the MPA Coordinator or an advisor, students may choose from the following list of pre-approved electives.  If students have prior written advisor approval, they may enroll in electives not found on this list.

  • ACCOUNT 783 International Accounting (if not used to fulfill Advanced Topic Requirements) (3 units/credits)
  • ACCOUNT 748 Financial Statement Analysis (if not used to fulfill Advanced Topic Requirements) (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT 787 Sustainability & Environmental Accounting (3 units)
  • ACCOUNT 793 Practicum in Professional Accountancy (1-3 units)
  • ECON 736 Business Conditions Analysis (2 units)
  • ECON 737 Managerial Economics (2 units)
  • ECON 758 Advanced International Economics (3 units)
  • ECON 761 Business and Economics Forecasting (3 units)
  • ITBE 734 Management Information Systems (3 units)
  • ITBE 740 Business and Professional Communication (2 units)
  • FNBSLW 739 Financial Planning Process (3 units)
  • FNBSLW 750 Real Estate Finance and Investment (3 units)
  • FNBSLW 755 Multinational Business Finance (3 units)
  • FNBSLW 760 Financial Markets (3 units)
  • FNBSLW 770 Capital Budgeting (3 units)
  • FNBSLW 780 Portfolio Theory and Practice (3 units)
  • MANGEMNT 745 Building Effective Organizations (2 units)
  • MANGEMNT 761 Supply Chain Systems (3 units)
  • MANGEMNT 768 Global Operations Strategy (3 units)
  • MANGEMNT 777 International Management (3 units)
  • MARKETNG 731 Advanced Statistical Methods (2 units)
  • MARKETNG 761 International Business/Marketing (3 units)
  • MARKETNG 766 Ethics in the Marketplace (2 units)
  • MARKETNG 772 Internet Marketing (3 units)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • The MPA degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate units; at least 15 units must be numbered 730 or above.
  • Program and course prerequisites and requirements will be strictly enforced unless prior written approval is obtained from both the Accounting Department Chair and the MPA Program Coordinator.
  • Students are required to earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in ACCOUNT courses.
  • Graduate School policy is a maximum of two repeats (for credit). Students can repeat courses with grades below B. Note that the new grade replaces the old grade for GPA calculation. Students may request a repeat by emailing the Associate Dean listing the course and section they wish to repeat.
  • Students need an overall graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in order to graduate.
  • If a graduate class has a prerequisite which was satisfied in the undergraduate program, students may have to request permission to enroll. They should email the Associate Dean or advisor listing the course and section they wish to add.
  • Common Body of Knowledge credits are not counted in the minimum 30 credits needed for the degree.
  • All MPA students must pass the Comprehensive MPA Examination. A 3.0 GPA is required at the beginning of the term in which they apply to take the Comprehensive MPA exam.  A 3.0 GPA is considered “good standing” for the graduate program.
  • Course Scheduling:
  • ACCOUNT 756, ACCOUNT 757, and ACCOUNT 767 are offered in the Fall semester only.
  • ACCOUNT 751, ACCOUNT 781, and ACCOUNT 787 are offered in the Spring semester only.
  • ACCOUNT 783 is offered in the Summer semester only.
  • ACCOUNT 748 is offered both in the Summer and during the Winterim session.

Register early for classes, and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact your advisor.

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