- Application Form
- GRE or GMAT Score - The GRE is the preferred entrance exam for the MPA program. For information about taking the GRE, click here.
- Personal Essay
- Official Transcripts
- TOEFL Score (international students only)
- Three Letters of Recommendation (at least two must be from former professors)
- Cover Letter
Applicants to the College of Business Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program must hold an undergraduate degree from a fully accredited, four-year institution of higher learning.
The MPA program does not require an undergraduate degree in accounting. Students without an undergraduate degree in accounting must meet additional prerequisite requirements.
The MPA program requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours of graduate work with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The Southern Miss course requirements are typical of an AACSB-accredited graduate business program.
A part-time program is available for students whose professional or personal commitments prevent them from pursuing the MPA on a full-time basis.
The required courses for the MPA program are listed below. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours (SCHs) of graduate level business courses must be completed with at least 27 SCHs in 600-level courses. MBA 500-level courses and MBA 611 do not count towards the required 30 graduate business hours. The 600-level courses may not be taken until all pre-program and core prerequisite requirements are satisfied.
The MPA program is a full-time program that permits limited part-time student enrollment. Students may enter the program either in the fall or spring semesters.
|Course Number||Course Name||Hours||Semester|
|ACC 605||Current Accounting Theory & Research||3 hours||Spring|
|ACC 610||Advanced Auditing||3 hours||Fall|
|ACC 620||Advanced Cost/Managerial Accounting||3 hours||Fall|
|ACC 630||Tax Seminar I||3 hours||Fall|
|ACC 631||Tax Seminar II||3 hours||Spring|
|ACC 660||Forensic Accounting||3 hours||Spring|
MBA 640 or
Financial Management or
Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation
|3 Approved Graduate Business Electives*||9 hours|
*Note that six graduate hours may be taken by enrolling in the University’s British Studies program which is conducted in London, UK, during the month of July.