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

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog.

  • Overview

    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. 

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    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 (SACSCOC).

    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.

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 30
    Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6
    A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (transfer@westga.edu). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.

  • Cost

    Graduate Assistantships

    Each year, a limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for newly entering and current MBA/MPAcc students. The recipients of these assistantships work 20 hours a week in a department of the Richards College of Business. Graduate Assistants receive $3,000 for each fall or spring semester of service, and $2,000 for each summer session of service. Partial terms are prorated. Additionally, recipients receive a waiver of in-state and out-of-state tuition.

    To apply for a Graduate Assistantship, please visit jobs.westga.edu and click on 'Student/Grad Assistant Employment'.

    Below are deadlines for Graduate Assistantship applications:

    • Summer semester - March 15
    • Fall semester - June 15
    • Spring semester - October 15

    If you have questions, please contact Dr. Hope Udombon by phone at (678) 839-5355 or by email at hudombon@westga.edu.

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    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.

    More infomation about this is availabe here in the online course catalog.

  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    All applicants must complete the online Graduate Application. There is a $40 application fee. 

    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 from all institutions attended
    • Official GMAT Score: 450 or above
    • Current Resume
    All materials should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office: graduate@westga.edu or

    UWG Graduate Admissions
    Mandeville Hall
    1601 Maple Street
    Carrollton, GA 30118

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

    * Application, app fee, and document deadline

    See The Scoop for more specific deadlines.

    Admission Process Checklist

    Check your Graduate Studies Application Status.

    Contact

    Graduate Admissions
    graduate@westga.edu
    678-839-1394

    Richards College Office of Graduate Student Services
    Dr. Hope Udombon
    Administrative Director of WebMBA & Graduate Academic Advisor
    Phone: 678-839-5355
    Email: hudombon@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • 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 professionally 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 processess.
              LO4.6 Students will be able to identify standard setting policies and procedures and develop implications for the accounting profession.