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An advanced degree in accounting

As a student in the Master of Professional Accountancy degree program, you’ll gain advanced accounting training that can prepare you for a successful accounting career in a variety of settings, from corporations and accounting firms to government entities and nonprofit organizations.

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The MPA program is open to students of all educational backgrounds, and it provides a solid foundation for students entering the program without a background in business.

Prepare for the CPA exam

Many students who pursue an MPA degree at SFA are planning a career in accounting and go on to take the CPA exam. The 36-hour MPA program fulfills all of the eligibility requirements for the CPA exam, and students who complete the program are 100% qualified to take the exam upon graduation.

A useful degree for non-business majors

Some students choose to pair the MPA degree with an undergraduate degree in an area outside of business and finance. The advanced accounting knowledge gained in the program has a wide range of applications beyond accounting, and many MPA graduates find satisfying careers in industries like health care, education, government and nonprofit.

Graduate program requirements

Students with a non-business background

The stand-alone MPA program is open to all students holding a bachelor’s degree without regard to major. To be admitted to graduate status as an accounting major, you must complete preliminary business courses.

*See the Graduate Bulletin for additional details, guidelines and requirements.

All MPA students

All MPA students are required to complete 36 hours of graduate-level coursework. A complete list of courses and instructions on how to apply are available on the Graduate Bulletin.

BBA in Accounting and MPA: Five-year program

The five-year integrated MPA

If you’re an undergraduate student interested in an accounting-focused career path with opportunities for advancement and earning potential, this unique degree is a perfect fit. When you complete this five-year program, you’ll graduate with two degrees:

  • A Bachelor of Business Administration
  • A Master of Professional Accountancy

Graduate 100% qualified for the CPA exam

SFA’s five-year integrated BBA/MPA program satisfies the requirements of the 1999 Public Accountancy Act, which mandates that students complete 156 hours of coursework before taking the CPA exam. The integrated program ensures that, when you graduate, you will be fully qualified to sit for the CPA exam in Texas.

See the Accounting page for additional details about the five-year program.


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