MPA Requirements

Accounting StudentApplication Requirements

  • Application to Graduate School
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores sent to Graduate School or International Services
  • Three letters of Recommendation (personal, professional or academic - only one personal letter is accepted; the other two must be professional or academic)
  • Statement of Purpose (personal essay)
  • Immunization Records


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.  Students in the part-time program may complete the 30 hours of graduate-level MPA degree requirements over a 2-year timeframe.

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 at any time - summer, fall, or spring semesters.

ACC 610 - Advanced AuditingACC 605 - Current Accounting Theory and Research
ACC 630 - Tax Seminar IACC 615 - Audit Analytics and IT Auditing
ACC 631 - Tax Seminar IIACC 620 - Advanced Cost/Managerial

ACC 608 - Financial Statement Analysis OR

ACC 640 - Financial Management

Approved graduate business elective
SUMMER CLASSES: Two approved graduate business electives


*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.