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Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc)

Accounting permeates the fabric of modern society. It is the discipline that provides financial information that is necessary for the management control, evaluation of business enterprises, governmental units, and not-for-profit institutions. Accounting provides the measures of economic activity for our society and for our individual lives. It is the language used to communicate financial information and measure business risk.

The study of accounting requires a serious commitment, and students are expected to be dedicated to becoming accounting professionals. Discipline and integrity are essential ingredients for success. Our students are taught that being a professional means putting whatever effort is needed to get the job done.

An effective accountant must understand tax laws, securities regulations, accounting and auditing standards. Additionally, an effective accountant must understand how to motivate employees, design efficient systems to achieve shareholders' goals, prevent manipulation of such plans, and how to communicate those plans to the firm and to the outsiders. Furthermore, an accounting professional must be able to explain the confusing data to those with less familiarity with financial complexities, evaluate business processes, and determine the level of risk in these processes.

Graduate professional education is not just training, skill development, or preparation to pass a licensing exam. It is far more than all of these combined. While focusing on the integration of technical expertise and ethical judgment, a graduate education in accounting must develop the student's analytical skills, which will be tested by difficult and often unanticipated economic arrangements. This education must also develop the written and oral skills proficient communication demands.

MPAcc Mission Statement...

The MPAcc program provides students a high-quality professional accounting education either to secure entry level professional accounting positions in local, regional, and national organizations or to continue studies at the doctoral level.