Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.P.A. in Accountancy
  • Ph.D. in Business with a specialization in Accountancy
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Contacts for Accountancy

On the Web


Graduate Chair for Ph.D.

Professor Tom Omer

MPA Coordinator

Jina Morris

Campus Address

307 CBA

Lincoln NE 68588-0488

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Accountancy in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GMAT
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Accountancy
Ph.D. (only admits for odd years)Fall: January 1
M.P.A. Domestic ApplicantsFall: To be fully considered for a fellowship: April 1 Otherwise: July 1 Spring: December 1 Summer: May 1
M.P.A. International ApplicantsFall: April 1 Spring: October 1 Summer: February 1


The Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.) emphasizes the use of accounting as an analytical tool for understanding business and public affairs while preparing students for professional careers in public accounting, industry, or government. A range of accounting concepts and relationships are taught to equip students with the ability to apply solutions to management issues.

The School of Accountancy seeks high-performance students to be the business world's creative problem-solvers of the future. Degree requirements can be met in five years by enrolling in a combined bachelor's and master's degree program or by completing a full year of graduate work after the bachelor's degree. Students completing the M.P.A. program should meet the requirements of states that require a minimum of 150 semester credits to sit for the CPA exam.

A joint M.P.A./J.D. program is also available. Students must apply individually to both the M.P.A. and J.D. programs. Students admitted to both programs will be classified as M.P.A./J.D. students.

The Ph.D. in business with a specialization in accountancy is also available. This doctoral-level specialization prepares students for academic careers in financial or managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, or information systems. See the Business graduate program summary for more information about the Ph.D. program.

Courses and More

Students in Accountancy are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Arthur Allen
Bonds; Audit Fees; Financial and Governmental Accounting
James Brown, Jr.
Managerial Accounting
Aaron Crabtree
Impact of Taxes and Audits on Capital Markets; Federal Tax Accounting
Amanda Gonzales
Financial Accounting
Jina Morris
Tom Omer
Tax and Auditing
Linda Ruchala
Managerial Accounting; Control Systems; Public Interest; Accounting Theory; Accounting Control and Disclosure
Scott Seavey
Audit Quality; Voluntary Disclosure; "Real Effects" of Financial Reporting
Marjorie Shelley
Tax, Auditing and Financial Accounting
Paul Shoemaker
Taxation and Public Policy
David Smith
Financial Accounting; Regulation; Securities Market
Huishan Wan
Financial Accounting

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