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Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)

GMAT Waiver offered

The MPA degree at West Texas A&M University can be earned in two ways. The traditional degree is a master’s degree earned after completing a bachelor’s degree. The second option is a program that integrates the undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and the graduate Master of Professional Accounting degrees. Both degree paths provide a foundation for a career as a certified public accountant or to continue your path toward a doctorate degree.

Program Details

The MPA program is available to all applicants with a four year bachelor's degree in accounting, or a related field with 18 or more hours in accounting from a regionally accredited university and does not require a bachelor's degree in business or a related field. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA for all upper-level Accounting courses. The 36 hour program includes 18 hours in accounting.

This program is appropriate for applicants that intend to sit for the Texas CPA licensure exam.  If this is your intention, please let us know so we can evaluate your undergraduate coursework to meet licensure requirements. 

Our MPA program is designed for full time employed professionals allowing up to six years for completion to complement your work-life balance, however most students complete the program in a two year period. Students can choose their course load each semester within five semesters each year:

  • Fall - Last week of August through the end of November, 14 weeks
  • Winter Intersession - Mid-December to beginning of January, 4 weeks
  • Spring - Mid-January through the end of April, 14 weeks
  • Summer 1 - Beginning of June through the first week of July
  • Summer 2 - Second week of July through the third week of August

Degree Requirements (Non-thesis option)

LEVELING COURSES (0-18 HOURS)

Students seeking an MPA degree must first establish proficiency in Accounting. This proficiency may be established by courses taken in an undergraduate program or by taking foundation courses identified by the faculty advisor. 

MPA CORE COURSES (12 HOURS)

ACCT 6306 - Seminar in Accounting Theory
ACCT 6309 - Seminar in Tax Research
ACCT 6310 - Seminar in Auditing
ACCT 6321 - Ethical Solutions in Professional Accounting

GRADUATE ACCOUNTING ELECTIVES (15 HOURS)

At least 6 hours must be 6000-level courses, excluding ACCT 6300 and ACCT 6305. 

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND CONCEPT (BEC) REQUIREMENTS (9 HOURS)

Economics (Choose one)

ECON 6306 - Seminar in Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 6312 - Seminar in Money and Banking
ECON 6341 - Seminar in International Economics and Economic Development

BEC Electives (Choose two)

Choose from CIDM, ECON, FIN - ECON 6305 not allowed

Degree candidates are required to pass a comprehensive exam during their final semester. See details below.

Degree Requirements (BBA/MPA Option)

  • Application for entry into the program will be made during the senior year. Graduate course work cannot be taken prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA for accounting courses above principles of 3.0 or higher. 
  • Applicants must have completed the following accounting courses prior to admission: ACCT 2301, 2302, 3311, 3331, 3332, 3371, 3375.

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM (42 hours)

Must take ECON 2301 for Core 80

BBA CORE REQUIREMENTS (39 hours)

MATH 1325, ECON 2302, Advanced Economics Elective, BUSI 3312, ACCT 2301, ACCT 2302, CIDM 2342, CIDM 3330, FIN 3320, MGT 3330, MGT 4315, MKT 3340, and a course in the COB writing component

UNDERGRADUATE ACCOUNTING REQUIREMENTS (21 hours)

ACCT 3311 - Federal Tax Accounting I
ACCT 3331 - Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 3332 - Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 3371 - Cost Accounting
ACCT 3375 - Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 4351 - Auditing
CIDM 4331 - Production and Operations Management

UNDERGRADUATE ELECTIVES (21 HOURS)

1000 - 4000 level courses can be used to fulfill this requirement.

MPA CORE COURSES (12 HOURS)

ACCT 6306 - Seminar in Accounting Theory
ACCT 6309 - Seminar in Tax Research
ACCT 6310 - Seminar in Auditing
ACCT 6321 - Ethical Solutions in Professional Accounting

GRADUATE ACCOUNTING ELECTIVES (15 HOURS)

At least 6 hours must be 6000-level courses, excluding ACCT 6300 and ACCT 6305. 

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND CONCEPT (BEC) REQUIREMENTS (9 HOURS)

Economics (Choose one)

ECON 6306 - Seminar in Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 6312 - Seminar in Money and Banking
ECON 6341 - Seminar in International Economics and Economic Development

BEC Electives (Choose two)

Choose from CIDM, ECON, FIN - ECON 6305 not allowed

Degree candidates are required to pass a comprehensive exam during their final semester. See details below.

Course Introductory Videos

You can view course introductory videos for some of our graduate courses on our Graduate Course Schedule Page.

Learning Objectives for the MPA Program

The College of Business at West Texas A&M University seeks to prepare students in the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) degree program for careers in business and to foster their professional growth and advancement via the key learning goals. The key learning goals for the MPA are as follows.

Goal 1 - Professional Communication  
Goal 2 - Critical Thinking  
Goal 3 - Business Environment  
Goal 4 - Accounting Integration  

Comprehensive Exam

Students in the MPA Program are required to pass a comprehensive written and/or oral exam to earn their degree. The examination will be administered by a three-member graduate accounting faculty committee.  If the student fails the first examination, one semester or equivalent (16 weeks or two summer sessions) must elapse before the student takes the exam again. Additional course work or directed study will be recommended for the student in the interim.

For program specific or comprehensive examination questions, please contact: Dr. Sharon Burnett, Edwards Professor of Accounting at sburnett@wtamu.edu.

Apply Now

We ask that applicants begin the application process by sumitting their resume and unofficial transcripts to the Graduate Business Programs office at COBGrad@wtamu.edu. Materials will be evaluated for program eligibility and an official GMAT waiver decision. 

Go to our Graduate Application Process page for more information about how to apply. Please note that a personalized plan of study is not currenlty available for the MPA program. 

Contact Information

Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business
Graduate Business Programs
Phone:  (806) 651-2500
Email: COBGrad@wtamu.edu
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