MPA Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked common questions as students make the decision to enroll in Master's programs.  Please se the following commonly asked questions, which may clear up 

Q. How long does it take to complete the MPA program?

A. The MPA degree can be earned in one calendar year, assuming that the prerequisite undergraduate requirements have been met.


Q. What is the normal course load?

A. The normal course load consists of 12 credit hours in both the fall and the spring semesters and six hours of coursework in the summer semester; however, some students prefer to complete the program on a part-time basis.


Q. When can I begin the program?

A. While many students enter the program in the fall semester, it is not uncommon for students to begin in the spring or summer 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 scores, and other materials submitted for the Graduate School admissions process, such as the résumé and letters of recommendation.


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.


Q. How can I apply for a graduate assistantship?

A. 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.


Q. Is the School of Accountancy accredited?

A. The School of Accountancy holds accounting accreditation from the AASCB at the graduate and undergraduate levels.