Preparing for the CPA or CMA exam and meeting the demands of a dynamic economy requires 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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor projects that in the current ten-year period ending in 2022, employment opportunities for accountants in the state will increase by 8.2% — or more than 1,200 new jobs.
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. Salaries in the field range from $68,150 to $120,910.
In order to become a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania, individuals are required to have 150 credit hours of education. Because most undergraduate programs provide only 120–124 hours, the Master of Professional Accounting is designed to satisfy the additional credit hours and coursework necessary for licensure. Our students also have access to CPA exam review courses to further prepare them for the exam.
Taught by renowned faculty, evening and hybrid courses delve into competencies covered in the CPA exam, including regulation, financial accounting and reporting, audition and attestation, and business environment and concepts. Students 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.
The program culminates in a capstone course that builds on previous coursework to develop analytical and presentation skills. Utilizing case studies, students will study investigative, consulting, and forensic accounting as they examine a current issue in regulation. Through this comprehensive project, they acquire a big-picture understanding of trends and issues, along with the critical-thinking skills to evaluate and debate them.
The Master of Professional Accounting program is part of the Penn State Great Valley Management Division which is accredited by AACSB International.
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.Click here for accounting program metrics.