Accountancy (MPA)


Accountancy, MPA

On Campus 30 cr

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 completing a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a full year of graduate work for the master’s degree program. 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.

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • GMAT score of at least 550 and writing score of at least 4.0
    • GMAT is waived if you are a UNL accounting undergraduate with either an overall GPA of 3.4 or an Accounting GPA of at least 3.4
  • One Page Statement of Interest: This statement should discuss your area of interest in accounting, why you want to earn this degree, and what you hope to accomplish with it.
  • Resume/CV
  • Minimum English proficiency: TOEFL score (minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer-based or 80 iBT)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor)

For Fall fellowship consideration, apply by April 1.

International students are encouraged to apply early: by April 1 for Fall, October 1 for Spring, or February 1 for Summer.

NOTE: When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed



Graduate Chair

Tom Omer

Support Staff

Sheila Hayes

Tuition & Fees

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