MASTER'S OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANCY

The Master's of Professional Accountancy program is designed for accounting, business and nonbusiness undergraduates seeking to become a Certified Public Accountant and make a career in the accounting profession.  While the program focuses on the public accounting field, graduates will be prepared to seek employment in investment banks (e.g., mergers and acquisitions) and in corporate financial management positions.  The program offers the specific courses required by the state of Maryland to sit for the CPA examination. For additional information on the requirements for the CPA examination in Maryland, go to the Maryland Board of Accountancy website.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE
To earn the MPA degree at Morgan State University, students will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credits at the graduate level.  All students must meet certain business and  accounting exposure requirements in order to qualify for masters level courses.  Exposure requirements may be transferred from other qualified institutions.  All students may have to take some exposure courses at the undergraduate level.

Business Exposure Requirements - Pre-Masters  (18 credits):

Credit Hours

ACCT 500 General Accounting Principles (Accounting Principles I & II)

3

BUAD541 Business Environment (Legal Environment of Business)

3

INSS586 Quantitative Analysis (Business Statistics)

3

ECON 501  Macro and Micro Economics

3

FIN 520  Financial Management

3

ENGL357 Business Communications

3

Accounting Exposure Requirements - Undergraduate (9 credits):

Credit Hours

ACCT 331 Intermediate Accounting I

3

ACCT 320 Federal Income Taxation - Individuals

3

BUAD 382 Business Law

3

Accounting Exposure Courses -  Graduate Level (12 credits):

Credit Hours

ACCT 631 Financial Accounting and Reporting (Intermediate Accounting II)

3

ACCT 601 Advanced Accounting Topics (or ACCT 401, Advanced Accounting, at undergraduate level)

3

ACCT 608 Management Information Systems in Accounting

3

ACCT 606 Advanced Auditing Topics

3

Core Requirements for Master's Program (15 credits):

Credit Hours

ACCT 600  Accounting for Decision Making

3

ACCT 603 Financial Statement Analysis

3

FIN 620 Corporate Finance

3

ACCT 610  Business Taxation

3

ACCT 699  Accounting Theory (Capstone)

3

Professional Track Requirements (15 credits):

Credit Hours

BUAD 625 Organizational Leadership and Ethics

3

ACCT 621 Forensic Accounting I

3

FIN 632  Investments

3

Electives

6

Pre-masters, core and professional track course requirements will be offered in the evenings to accommodate working students.  Most business and accounting exposure courses will be offered both in the daytime and evenings in alternative semesters.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the MPA program, applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (conditional admission is available for applicants with GPAs between 2.75 and 3.0.  A current score (score less than five years old) on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is also required.   Applicants are also required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended, three letters of recommendation, and a one-page personal statement of academic and professional plans.

The School of Graduate Studies welcomes students that are not citizens of the United States but who have appropriate documentation from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) (including the I94 form) verifying their legal residence and/or student status in the United States.  International students must have transcripts from foreign institutions evaluated by an education credentialing service. Information about this service can be obtained by contacting Eucational Credential Evaluators, Inc., P. O. Box 92920, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53202-0970 (414) 289 3400.   International applicants must not send any foreign transcripts or certificates to the School of Graduate Studies.  Applications for Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. can be obtained by contacting the School of Graduate Studies at (443) 885-3185.  In addition, applicants from non English speaking countries must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores are not required for applicants from the British Commonwealth, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, West Indies, New Zealand, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Tanzania. Information about the TOEFL examination may be obtained from TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey  08540.

Applications are accepted online on the webpage of the School of Graduate Studies at Morgan State University.  You may click on the following link to start the application process.

 http://www.morgan.edu/School_of_Graduate_Studies.html

 The deadline to begin the application process is July 1 for fall admission, June 1 for international students.  Applicants seeking financial aid should submit the application by February 1 for fall admission.  For spring admission, the deadline to begin the application process is December 1, November 1 for international students.   Applicants seeking financial aid should apply by October 1 for spring admission.