Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MPA in Accountancy (36 cr, Option III only)
- PhD in Business (90 cr) with a specialization in Accountancy
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Accountancy
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- 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): January 1 for Fall.
- M.P.A. Domestic Applicants: April 1 for Fall: To be fully considered for a fellowship. July 1 for Otherwise. December 1 for Spring. May 1 for Summer.
- M.P.A. International Applicants: April 1 for Fall. October 1 for Spring. February 1 for Summer.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
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.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Faculty and research
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Financial Accounting; International Accounting; Earnings Management; Corporate Disclosures; Management Forecast and Tax Avoidance
Bonds; Audit Fees; Financial and Governmental Accounting
Impact of Taxes and Audits on Capital Markets; Federal Tax Accounting
Audit Reports; Financial Statement Disclosure; Initial Public Offerings; Financial Distress
Ethics; Financial Reporting Fraud; Forensic Analysis; International Financial Reporting Standards; Moral Hazard and Unintended Consequences
Tax and Auditing
Managerial Accounting; Control Systems; Public Interest; Accounting Theory; Accounting Control and Disclosure
Judgment and Decision Making in Accounting; Auditor-to-Auditor Interactions; Auditor to Client Interactions; Audit Quality Control Mechanisms, Internal Audit, Financial Reporting and Investor Behavior
Audit Quality; Voluntary Disclosure; "Real Effects" of Financial Reporting
Tax, Auditing and Financial Accounting
Taxation and Public Policy
Financial Accounting; Regulation; Securities Market