Undergraduate students at Penn State Abington and Penn State Berks who are majoring in accounting can take advantage of the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program in conjunction with the Master of Professional Accounting at Penn State Great Valley. The seamless bachelor’s-to-master’s degree program allows students to earn both degrees in five years and apply 12 credits earned during undergraduate studies to the 30-credit Master of Professional Accounting program.
Key Program Features
- Offers qualified accounting students the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.
- Students may use up to 12 credits toward both degree requirements; a minimum of 50% of the double-counted courses must be at the 500 or 800 level.
- Concurrently pursuing two degrees fosters a greater depth of understanding and comprehension.
- Expedites time to earn both degrees and significantly reduces associated costs.
- The curriculum prepares students to meet the demands of a dynamic economy through critical thinking and adaptability.
- Graduate courses delve into competencies covered in the CPA and CMA exams, including regulation, financial accounting and reporting, audition and attestation, and business environment and concepts.
- Students have complimentary access to Becker CPA exam review courses.
- Prepares students for a career in public accounting, corporate finance, financial and business analysis, insurance, and auditing.
- Premier faculty combine their research with business expertise to give students a valuable and innovative classroom experience.
- GMAT or GRE scores are not required.
- The application deadline for this program is the second week of the semester prior to the semester of degree conferral.
- All students must have completed at least 60 credits to apply, and transfer students must have completed at least 15 credits at Penn State.
- Students typically begin planning to apply by the end of their sophomore year.
- In consultation with an adviser, students must prepare a plan of study appropriate to the integrated program and present their plan of study to the head of the graduate program prior to being admitted. The plan should cover the entire program and should be reviewed periodically with an academic adviser as the student advances through the program.
- The following courses may count for both the B.S. in Accounting and the Master of Professional Accounting:
- BLAW 444 — Advanced UCC and Commercial Transactions
- ACCT 550 — Professional Responsibilities and Ethics in Accounting
- ACCT 532 — Accounting Information and Decision Systems
- ACCTG 512 — Financial Accounting Theory and Reporting Problems