The M.P.A. program is an integrated undergraduate/graduate program that requires 156 semester credit hours of coursework of which 120 hours are undergraduate and 36 hours are graduate. Upon completion, the student is simultaneously awarded a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accountancy, each with a major in accounting. To begin the undergraduate portion of the M.P.A. program, a student need only be admitted to the university as described in the General Bulletin. Admission to the graduate portion of the M.P.A. program is described in the Schlief School of Accountancy section.
The stand-alone M.P.A. program is open to all students holding a bachelor’s degree without regard to major. To be admitted to graduate status as an accounting major, a student must meet the requirements for admission to the graduate school. Prior to admission to candidacy, the student must have completed courses equivalent to ACC 231, ACC 232, ACC 331, ACC 332, ACC 333, ACC 343, ACC 437, ACC 453, ACC 465, ECO 231 or 232, FIN 333 and MTH 220 or ECO 339. Depending on the student’s background, some or all of the leveling courses may be waived by the M.P.A. director.
M.B.A./M.P.A. Program Notes
- All requirements must be completed within six years of first graduate enrollment.
- To remain in good standing, students must have a 3.0 GPA (B average) in all graduate work.
- No Ds and no more than two Cs may be counted toward graduate degree requirements.
- No more than two graduate classes may be repeated (only the higher grade counts for repeats). The GPA may not be improved by retaking a course at another university.
- With consent of the appropriate program director, at most six hours of graduate coursework may be transferred in from an AACSB-accredited school.
A graduate student enrolled in another department of the university may minor in either general business or management. The general business minor consists of nine to 15 hours of business courses numbered 500 and higher from at least three different subject areas. The management minor consists of nine to 15 hours of management courses numbered 500 and higher. No non-business major may have more than 50 percent of his or her graduate program in business courses.
The M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs are accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Accreditation assures quality and promotes excellence and continuous improvement in undergraduate and graduate education in business. These programs meet exacting standards in areas such as faculty qualifications, curriculum, admissions and resources.