Why Penn State
Preparing for the CPA or CMA exam and meeting the demands of a dynamic economy require quick thinking and adaptability. That’s why we designed our Master of Professional Accounting degree to combine the best of in-person and online education. Flexible, seven-week courses let you balance your busy schedule while still reaping the benefits of once-per-week face-to-face classes, like networking and developing interpersonal skills.
Becoming a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania requires 150 credit hours of education. Because most undergraduate programs provide only 120–124 hours, our AACSB-accredited Master of Professional Accounting is designed to satisfy the additional credit hours and coursework necessary for licensure. When you enroll in our programs, you’ll also have access to CPA exam review courses to further prepare for the exam.
Our faculty are actively engaged in research and have had their publications mentioned in prestigious outlets like the Harvard Business Review.
You can expect to complete the 30-credit program in one year with a fall admission and if attending classes full-time, or two years if going part-time. Applications are considered for the fall and spring semesters.
Combining graduate coursework in accounting and a CPA license can be the first step to a career in public accounting, corporate finance, financial and business analysis, insurance, and auditing. Courses delve into competencies covered in the CPA exam, including regulation, financial accounting and reporting, audition and attestation, and business environment and concepts.
The program culminates in a capstone course that builds on previous coursework to develop analytical and presentation skills. Using case studies, you study investigative, consulting, and forensic accounting as you examine a current issue in regulation. You’ll graduate with a big-picture understanding of trends and issues, along with the critical-thinking skills to evaluate and debate them.
Many US states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.