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Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Master of Professional Accounting

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program provides rigorous preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in their chosen professional accounting career path.

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The MPA program offers three concentrations for targeted future professional career paths in accounting, including Assurance and Analytics, Taxation, and Corporate Accounting.

These concentrations provide opportunity for professional internship credit, and can lead to qualification for the Certified Public Accounting exam.

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Career Outlook

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Courses and Schedule

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Just the Facts

How Much? How Long?
Who can enroll?

How Do I Enroll?

Admission to Walton College masters programs is selective. Enrollment in each program is limited. 

Just the Facts: Master of Professional Accounting

Program Length

One year

Start Date

Fall or Spring

New cohorts begin each semester for this program.

Admissions Info

Do I Qualify to Enroll?

Complete your undergraduate degree and meet additional requirements. View Requirements

Entrance Test


Students may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA or 3 years of professional work experience. Please review our master's admissions policies.

Application Deadline

March 1

Total Program Cost


Additional tuition costs applied for out-of-state and international students.
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Financial Assistance

Paying for College

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and Financial Aid

Class Profile

Current Students

View a listing of current Master of Professional Accounting Students.

Career Outlook

The accounting department at the Walton College enjoys strong relationships with corporate partners. These corporate connections are enhanced through networking events, speaking events, and academic activities – culminating in employment opportunities.

CPA: Certified Public Accountant Exam

A University of Arkansas Master of Accountancy degree qualifies you to sit for the CPA exam in Arkansas.

The CPA exam's primary purpose is to establish the technical credentials of those wishing to be licensed as public accountants. If you plan a career in public accounting, taking the CPA exam is a must. In addition, the CPA license is so widely recognized as a credential that many accountants who work in industry or government take the CPA exam as part of their effort to become licensed as CPAs.

While the CPA exam is the same across the nation, the requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary by state.

While your focus as a student is naturally on taking a certification exam, remember that this is just a step towards professional certification. In addition to passing a certification exam, there are additional requirements (e.g., experience requirements, continuing education requirements) for professional certification or licensing that you also must fulfill after graduation.

Learn more: Department of Accounting: Certification Exams

Career Development

Close ties with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting and networking opportunities, internships, and careers.

Students can participate in corporate internships, career counseling, and take advantage of all the Walton College Career Services has to offer.

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Courses and Program Schedule

The MPA does not require a thesis or comprehensive exam. Successful completion of the Masters of Professional Accounting program from the University of Arkansas can qualify a student to take relevant professional examinations.

To obtain the Master of Professional Accounting degree, students must complete the following 30 hours of coursework.

Program Schedule

Accounting Core Courses 9 credit hours
Areas of Concentration 18 credit hours
  • Electives in the concentrations are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the MPA Program Director in the Department of Accounting (ACCT). With the approval of the MPA Program Director, senior-level (4000+) courses may be taken for graduate credit.

Internship or General Business Elective 3 credit hours

For a more in-depth listing, view the academic catalog.

AACSB Accreditation

Department of Accounting programs are accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education for business administration and accounting.


Program Information

Students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

After admission, the student must maintain a 3.00 grade-point average on all graduate coursework and all accounting coursework. Additionally, the student must receive a letter grade of at least a “B” in 75 percent of the courses attempted.

Prerequisites required for entry to the program include the following:

  • Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Finite Math or Calculus
  • Basic Statistics
  • Business Law
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Technology
  • Auditing
  • Taxation

All students will take core classes related to accounting professionalism, analytic skillsets and advanced financial accounting. Students will take additional classes based on their chosen concentration:

Assurance & Analytics provides students with a foundation for applying technology and analytical methodologies to data-centric accounting environments. Students will be able to navigate data environments, employ analytical tools, and apply them to business decisions and risk analysis.

Taxation provides students a broad foundation for understanding the taxation of entities and the relationship of taxes to the overall business decision process. Students will be able to analyze tax problems, interpret the relevant tax code, and identify tax strategies for complex tax situations and business scenarios.

Corporate Accounting provides students a broad foundation for understanding the production and use of accounting information in corporate business environments. Students in this concentration will acquire skills to navigate public reporting environments, internal business operations, and financial decision making.

The Northwest Arkansas Community

Join a supportive and engaging community located in the vibrant business network of Northwest Arkansas, with over 300 Fortune 500 companies with a presence in the region.

Business leaders and Walton alumni are closely connected to the college, not just during your studies, but throughout your career.

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