Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MPA in Accountancy (30 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
Application Deadlines for Accountancy
- Ph.D.: January 1 for Fall.
- M.P.A. Domestic Applicants: April 1 for Fall for fellowship consideration. July 1 for Fall 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. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.
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
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
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
Tax, Auditing and Financial Accounting
Taxation and Public Policy
Financial Accounting; Regulation; Securities MarketEmeritus