MPA Requirements

Accounting StudentApplication Requirements

  • 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.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS Score (international students only)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (at least two should be from former professors)
  • Resume


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.

Course Requirements

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 NumberCourse NameHoursSemester
ACC 605Current Accounting Theory & Research3 hoursSpring
ACC 610Advanced Auditing3 hoursFall
ACC 620Advanced Cost/Managerial Accounting3 hoursFall
ACC 630Tax Seminar I3 hoursFall
ACC 631Tax Seminar II3 hoursSpring
ACC 660Forensic Accounting3 hoursSpring

MBA 640 or

ACC 608

Financial Management or

Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation

3 hours 

3 hours



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.