Accounting permeates the fabric of modern society. It is the discipline that provides financial information that is necessary for engagement 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.

An effective accountant must understand tax laws, securities regulations and 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 outsiders. Furthermore, an accounting professional must be able to explain confusing data to those with less familiarity with financial complexities and determine the level of risk in business 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.  A printable program sheet is also available for download.

 

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Courses
  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Learning Objectives
  • Overview
    Program Description

    The MPAcc program provides students with a high quality education which prepares them for careers in corporate accounting, public accounting and for entrance into doctoral programs in business and accounting. MPAcc students not only gain technical accounting proficiency, they also prepare to enter the fast-paced business world. Ethics and technology as well as oral and written skills are incorporated into every aspect of the curriculum.

    Completion of the MPAcc program satisfies the requirements needed to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in the state of Georgia. Combined with an undergraduate degree, the MPAcc also satisfies the educational requirements of 150 total semester hours and 30 hours of upper-level courses needed to obtain certification. Courses completed during the program give students the confidence and technical knowledge needed to successfully complete the outside work experience requirements. 

    Method of Delivery

    Required courses are 100% face-to-face.
    Three of the four electives are offered online.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACCSCOC).

    The Richards College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB-I). The accounting program is one of only five institutions in the state of Georgia to have accounting accreditation from the AACSB.

    This program accredited by AACSB.

    Credit & Transfer

    Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 30
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

  • Cost

    For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information see the Bursar's Office.

  • Courses

    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.

    Please refer to the program checklist for a complete summary all course requirements including core curriculum, Electives, required and elective major courses. More information about this is available here in the Course Catalogs

  • Faculty

    This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

  • Admissions
    Guidelines for Admittance

    Applicants should review the Graduate Studies Website Graduate Studies Application Process for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission.

    International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.

    Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

    Official Transcript
    GMAT Score: 450 or above
    Current Resume

    Application Deadlines

    General admissions deadlines are typically:

    Fall - July 15
    Spring - November 15
    Summer - May 15

    Admission Process Checklist

    Check your Graduate Studies Application Status.

    Contact

    Dr. Hope Udombon
    Administrative Director of WebMBA & Graduate Academic Advisor
    (678) 839-5355

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of Term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Learning Objectives

    LG1  Communicate at a professional level in oral presentations and in writing.
              LO1.1   Students will be able to conduct research relevant to accounting issues and problems. 
              LO1.2   Students will be able to create effective written documents.  
              LO1.3   Students will be able to prepare and deliver effective oral accounting presentations. 
    LG2  Identify how globalization affects organizations and their environment.
              LO2.1   Students will be able to identify the impact of international accounting standards on the accounting profession. 
    LG3  Recognize the importance of ethical decision making.
              LO3.1   Students will be able to identify ethical theories and concepts and their importance.  
              LO3.2   Students will be able to  evaluate situations from various ethical frameworks.
    LG4   Understand the major forms of accounting and be able to apply these principles and practices in a professional
              responsible manner to accounting and business processes and systems.
           
       LO4.1  Students will be able to identify tax planning issues involving like-kind exchanges.
              LO4.2 
     Students will be able to differentiate between for-profit, non-profit, and governmental accounting and auditing
              rules and regulations.
              LO4.3  Students will have an understanding of strategic management accounting tools.
              LO4.4  Students will be able to recognize fraudulent financial reporting.
              LO4.5  Students will be able to develop entity relationship diagrams and understand modeling of business processes.
              LO4.6  Students will be able to identify standard setting policies and procedures and develop implications for the
              accounting profession.