About the MPA

The Southern Miss School of Accountancy is dedicated to student learning and preparing students for successful careers in accounting. Southern Miss Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) graduates are prepared for a wide variety of employment opportunities and meet the course and credit requirements to sit for the nationally administered Certified Public Accountant exam. Our graduates are recruited by local, regional, national and international accounting firms, private industry and governmental agencies. Recent successes in placing graduating MPA students provide evidence of the quality of the MPA program and market demand for its graduates.

Mission Statement

The School of Accountancy’s Mission Statement includes the following declaration regarding the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program at The University of Southern Mississippi:

“As the knowledge required to practice accounting is expanding rapidly, qualified students are encouraged to consider pursuing a fifth year of study leading to a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA). The BSBA accounting curriculum is integrated with the MPA program. MPA graduates are especially prepared for careers in public accounting, and meet the course and credit hour requirements to sit for the nationally administered Certified Public Accountant examination.”


The School of Accountancy’s faculty strive to prepare students for successful careers, to expand and disseminate knowledge through their published research, and to serve the academic and accounting communities. Three of the graduate accounting faculty who teach in the MPA program have recently received prestigious teaching awards in recognition of their commitment to teaching and enabling student success.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The School of Accountancy offers scholarships for students in the MPA program. Application deadlines for these scholarships vary. Financial aid is available to students who qualify. For more information, visit the Graduate School.  This applies to both Hattiesburg and Gulf Park Students.

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi

MPA students are eligible to become members of Southern Miss’ award-winning Beta Alpha Psi chapter, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. Beta Alpha Psi regularly hosts a wide variety of speakers at its meetings and provides networking opportunities for students and accounting professionals.


Graduate Assistantships

Students interested in a graduate assistantship are encouraged to submit an application. Graduate assistantships are available to provide research support for faculty. Positions are limited, and awards are competitive.


 MPA Director
Amber Hatten

MPA Advisor
Mary Ann Iverson

Amber Hatten
E-mail: amber.hatten@usm.edu
Phone: 601.266.6109
Fax: 601.266.4642
Mary Ann Iverson
E-mail: mary.iverson@usm.edu
Phone: 601.266.5162
Fax: 601.266.4642

AACSB Accredited in Accounting