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Accounting Master’s Degree (M.P.Ac.)

As an accounting professional, the bottom line among prospective employers and clients is your proven proficiency – in technical knowledge, critical thinking ability and communication skills.

A Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license is a well-known and respected business credential. That license, and the person who holds it, are viewed very favorably by future employers and the community. It requires a level of expertise and knowledge that is sought out by employers, both in and outside of public accounting.

Our Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.Ac.) is a specialized degree program that focuses on the skills and knowledge required to meet the challenges faced by accounting professionals in today’s modern business world. The M.P.Ac. degree meets the education requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the CPA examination, but more importantly it prepares the student to pass this rigorous examination. Our CPA pass rates are consistently at or above the state average of similar universities in Texas.


Master of Professional Accountancy


  • Budget analyst
  • Budget consultant
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Chief financial officer
  • Controller
  • Forensic accountant
  • Government accountant
  • Auditor
  • Management accountant (industry)
  • Special agent (FBI)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Program Highlights

  • Our programs are accredited by the Accreditation Counsel of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Admission Formula

[GPA x 200] + GMAT total score = at least 1050

Admission Requirements

  • GMAT test scores
  • All college and university transcripts
  • No essay is required


To be granted regular admission, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better, including all grades on repeated courses, or hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Have a 2.5 GPA in ACC 3303 and ACC 3304, with no grades lower than C (courses may be repeated to satisfy this requirement).

For admission to senior-graduate status in the integrated programs, you must:

  • Complete a minimum of 90 hours of undergraduate credit with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, including all grades on repeated courses.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Foundation Requirements

Applicants who hold an undergraduate degree in accounting typically will not need any additional coursework before beginning the graduate coursework in accounting specified above. Applicants who do not hold an undergraduate degree in accounting may be required to complete some or all of the following undergraduate prerequisites for the M.P.Ac. program:

  • ACCT 2301 – Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 2302 – Principles of Accounting II
  • ACCT 3303 – Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 3304 – Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 3305 – Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 3331 – Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 3361 – Income Tax Accounting
  • ACCT 4303 – Auditing
  • BCIS 1305 – Business Computer Applications

You may take the above courses as leveling courses simultaneously with graduate courses if you have completed the appropriate prerequisites. ACC 6303, 6317, 6361 and 6362 cannot be taken until both intermediate accounting courses have been satisfactorily completed.

Application Deadlines

Spring: December 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: November 1

International Student Fall: June 10

Degree Plan

  • Students must complete 10 graduate courses for a total of 30 semester credit hours. The MPAc curriculum and course prerequisites are listed below (all courses are 3 credit hours). Students may be allowed to enroll concurrently in undergraduate courses and graduate courses as long as the prerequisites for the enrolled graduate courses are met.

    • ACCT 6303 – Applied Auditing (Prerequisite: ACCT 4303 Auditing)
    • ACCT 6309 – Advanced Accounting (Prerequisite: ACCT 3304 Intermediate Accounting II)
    • ACCT 6313 – Accounting Information Systems (Prerequisite: ACCT 3305 Accounting Information Systems)
    • ACCT 6317 – Accounting Theory (Prerequisites: ACCT 3304 Intermediate Accounting II and ACCT 3331 Cost Accounting)
    • ACCT 6325 – Financial Statement Analysis (Prerequisites: ACCT 3304 Intermediate Accounting II)
    • ACCT 6332 – Ethics in Accounting
    • ACCT 6361 – Advanced Tax Accounting (Prerequisite: ACCT 3361 Income Tax Accounting)
    • ACCT 6362 – Tax Research Methodology (Prerequisite: ACCT 3361 Income Tax Accounting or ACCT 6361 Advanced Tax Accounting)

    Six graduate hours of electives approved by the MPAc graduate advisor from ACCT, BUSI, ECON, FINC, MGMT and MKTG.

    Up to nine semester credit hours of graduate credit completed prior to the date of first admission to the M.P.Ac. degree program at Angelo State University may be transferred into the program. After the date of first admission to the M.P.Ac. program, six semester hours may be transferred into the program only to fulfill elective requirements. The maximum total transfer credit is nine semester credit hours. The rest of the transfer policies of the College of Graduate Studies and Research also apply.

  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.

Departmental Scholarships

For a complete list of available scholarships, see the Scholarship Programs website.

  •  Miranda Tumlinson Griesbaum Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Duane and Stacy Muelhlbrad
    Eligibility Deserving student pursuing an Accounting Degree.
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • TXCPA San Angelo Chapter Scholarship
    Donor TXCPA San Angelo Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
    Eligibility Must be enrolled in the graduate accounting program within the Norris-Vincent College of Business and demonstrate high ethical standards as determined by the Accounting department.
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable

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