MPA Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked common questions as students make the decision to enroll in Master's programs. We've prepared the most commonly asked questions below in order to help in your decision making.
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE MPA PROGRAM?
A. The MPA degree can be earned, on a full-time basis, in one calendar year, assuming that the prerequisite undergraduate requirements have been met.
Q. IS THE MPA PROGRAM AVAILABLE ON A PART-TIME BASIS?
A. A part-time MPA program is available, in which students may complete the 30 hours or graduate-level MPA degree requirements over a two-year timeframe. Accounting courses in the part-time MPA program are generally offered in the late afternoon and early evening hours and the courses are taught simultaneously for students enrolled on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses.
Q. WHERE AND HOW ARE MPA CLASSES OFFERED?
A. Classes are offered on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses in a variety of delivery formats, including the traditional classroom setting and utilizing Interactive Video Network (IVN) technology to allow MPA students on both campuses to work together in the classroom environment. Night classes, online classes, and hybrid classes are also offered for certain courses.
Q. WHEN CAN I BEGIN THE PROGRAM?
A. Students may enter the MPA program at any time. While many students enter the program in the summer semester, it is not uncommon for students to begin in the fall or spring semesters. Our MPA courses are designed so that they do not need to be taken in any particular order.
Q. WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MPA PROGRAM?
A. Students are considered in a comparative and competitive manner based on academic qualifications, such as GPA, and GRE or GMAT scores, and other materials submitted for the Graduate School admissions process, such as the résumé, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.
Q. WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION?
A. Applications should be completed no later than April 1 for summer and fall admission seeking assistantship, June 1 for final fall admission, and November 1 for spring admission.
Q. IS THERE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR MPA STUDENTS?
A. Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis that cover the cost of tuition and provide students with a monthly stipend. The School of Accountancy also offers some scholarship opportunities with varying requirements. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.
Q. HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP?
A. Applicants should indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship position on their Application for Graduate Admissions. The materials provided in students' applications to the Graduate School are used in considering assistantship offers. It is advisable that you make your interest known to the MPA director and complete the application process as early as possible for priority consideration.
Q. IS THE SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTANCY ACCREDITED?
A. The School of Accountancy holds accounting accreditation from the AASCB at the graduate and undergraduate levels.