Why Penn State
We know there’s a lot to consider when getting a graduate degree. That’s why we designed our Master of Professional Accounting degree to combine the best of in-person and online education. Flexible seven-week hybrid courses let you balance your schedule while still reaping the benefits of face-to-face instruction, including a hands-on curriculum designed to further develop your skills and improve your marketability, as well as opportunities to expand your professional network and enhance interpersonal skills.
Our faculty are actively engaged with local businesses; conduct industry research; and have had their publications mentioned in prestigious outlets like the Harvard Business Review, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and Accounting Horizons.
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. No GMAT or GRE required.
How can our program enhance your career?
Our program offers three tracks to choose from to help you attain your accounting goals and prepare you for success.
Our accounting program is designed to satisfy the additional credit hours and coursework necessary for licensure.
While taking courses, you’ll receive complimentary access to Becker CPA Exam Review materials for five months to help prepare you for the CPA exam in addition to your course work.
If you’ve graduated with an undergraduate accounting degree and advanced accounting course work, you may have introductory courses waived and therefore have the option of choosing from a wide array of electives, including data analytics in the accounting profession, forensic accounting, data visualization, multinational managerial finance, and strategic leadership, among others.
If you are a career changer interested in pursuing a career in accounting, our flexible program can meet your needs. There are two ways to meet prerequisite knowledge for the program:
- Begin with the Financial Accounting Graduate Certificate and the Management Accounting Graduate Certificate. After completing all courses with a B or better, you can apply to the Master of Professional Accounting program and request a GMAT waiver. Upon acceptance, certificate coursework will transfer. Please apply prior to completion of the second certificate.
- Complete undergraduate accounting courses from a regionally accredited college or university prior to applying. You must have completed, with a grade of B or better, or be enrolled in the following coursework:
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting, I and II
- U.S. Federal Taxation
You’ll also receive complimentary access to Becker CPA Exam Review materials for five months as additional support.
For more information, schedule a meeting with an academic program representative.
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, data analytics, and business environment and concepts. Our students also have complimentary access to Becker CPA exam review courses.
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.