Master of Professional Accounting
The Master of Professional Accounting program (MPA) provides rigorous preparation at the graduate level for students to achieve success in their chosen professional accounting career path. The MPA program offers three concentrations for targeted future professional career paths in accounting, including Assurance and Analytics, Taxation, and Corporate Accounting.
A Master’s Degree Designed for Accounting Leaders
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.
All concentrations, which will appear on the student’s transcript, provide opportunity for professional internship credit, can lead to qualification for the Certified Public Accounting exam.
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Students whose previous studies have fulfilled requirements of the common body of knowledge in business and accounting will be required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work. The required common body of knowledge in accounting includes:
- introductory taxation
- intermediate financial accounting
- accounting information systems
- cost accounting
The degree program 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.
|Accounting Core Courses 9 credit hours|
|Areas of Concentration: 18 credit hours|
Professional Accounting Internship: To ensure that students acquire the skills necessary for career success, the program strongly encourages all students to obtain additional training directly related to the MPA program prior to graduation. Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to complete an accounting internship for academic credit, ACCT 535V . The program considers this training an integral part of the curriculum that allows for the practical application of the theoretical principles taught in accounting courses. If students do not participate in an internship experience, they can utilize three credit hours of general graduate business electives. Electives are chosen by the student in consultation with and approval of the Program Director in the Department of Accounting (ACCT). With the approval of the Program Director, senior-level (4000+) courses may be taken for graduate credit.
Areas of Concentration: 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.
Admissions Requirements and Prerequisites
The program is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who can present evidence of their ability to do graduate work. In addition, they are expected to have already mastered basic accounting concepts or, demonstrated, with an official GMAT test score, the ability to master accounting concepts taught in the program.
Other admissions criteria can be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students entering the program are expected to have completed undergraduate business and accounting coursework. Prior courses must either have been successfully completed within the five years prior to entry to the program, or the student must provide other evidence of current knowledge in these areas. Otherwise, applicants may be required to repeat or complete selected courses, in addition to their degree coursework.
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.
International applicants must submit an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score or complete the Intensive English Language Program (Spring International Language Center) and receive an English proficiency recommendation for admission.
Students who hold non-immigrant status in the United States in the F-1 or J-1 categories are responsible for coordinating any necessary authorization for employment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS). F-1 and J-1 students are strongly advised to discuss training options with the ISS office early in their program, and to make themselves aware of limitations and restrictions related to F-1 or J-1 employment authorization benefits.