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Master of Professional Accountancy

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved Masters of Professional Accountancy in fall, 2020. 

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Your gateway to success. Become a leader in the accounting profession. Marilyn Davies College of Business prepares you for being a CPA and corporate leader.

There will continue to be strong demand for students with CPA certification and Masters level education in Accounting. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts the demand for Accountants and Auditors to grow by 6% between 2018 and 2028 (BLS website, September 4, 2019). 

Growth in the Houston area is likely to exceed that average because of its differential economy when compared with other cities in the nation. In 2018, Houston had the highest mean wage for accountants of any city in Texas ($86,188 per annum) with 33,670 people employed in the profession (BLS Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2019). The Marilyn Davies College of Business recognizes the need to train the next generation of accountants, and opens a Master of Professional Accountancy program.

Student focused education for analytical decision makers

  • Formulate accounting strategies and develop valuable critical thinking skills to assess business risks and make business decisions using latest analytical tools.
  • Develop communication skills imperative for tomorrow's leaders.
  • Work productively with others to accomplish established goals. 
  • Apply ethical principles and professional standards to make informed decisions. 

Marilyn Davies College of Business is the practical option for the best education

AACSB LogoThe Marilyn Davies College of Business is nationally accredited by AACSB, the most prestigious business accrediting organization in the world.

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  • Attend an upcoming information session hosted by the program director to learn more about admission requirements and degree courses. Program representatives will be available to answer questions about UHD's exceptional MPAc program.

    Summer applications are now being accepted for MPAC. Summer II sessions start on June 28th.


    Timeline to complete  

    After completing the prerequisites, students can graduate from the program in 12 months by taking 10 courses in one year, or at their own pace on their own timeframe.

    MPAC Core Classes (30 hours)

    Required Courses
    MBA 6310 Advanced Taxation
    MBA 6314 Accounting Research & Writing 3
    MBA 6312 Advanced Auditing 3
    MBA 6315 Advanced Accounting Topics 3
    ACC 6320* Ethics and Legal Issues in Accounting 3
    MBA 6316 Professionalism for Accountants 3
    TOTAL Required Courses (6) 18
    Prescribed Elective Courses
    ACC 6311* Seminar In Financial Accounting 3
    ACC 6313* Analysis of Financial Statements and Entity Valuation 3
    ACC 6317* Advanced Managerial Accounting
    ACC 6319* Taxation of Entities
    TOTAL Prescribed Electives (choose a minimum of 2 courses)
    We recommend students who are interested in sitting for the CPA examination to choose all 4 prescribed electives. This will best prepare them for the exams and meet the requirement of the degree plan.
    Elective Courses
    MBA 6344 Interpersonal L​eadership 3
    MBA 6348 Leading Teams 3
    MBA 6381 Project Management Overview 3
    MBA 6385 Process Improvement Tools ​& Techniques 3
    MBA 6328 Log​istics
    MBA 6332 Talent Acquisition
    MBA 6342 Delivering Business Results
    MBA 6362 Financial Fore​casting 3
    MBA 6367 Investment Statistics
    MBA 6368 Advanced Corpora​te Finance
    MBA 6386 Process Improvement Applications 3
    TOTAL Elective Semester Hours Required (choose a maximum of 2 courses) 6

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    Admission to the UHD MPAC program is based upon the applicant's scholastic ability and potential for success.

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    2. Official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended. All documents must be received from the degree/credit granting institution. Evaluations from foreign institutions must include the course by course evaluation with GPA indication. 
    3. Official GMAT score report or waived for fast-track admissions

      Fast-track admissions that waive GMAT requirement: 
      1. Undergraduate Degree Holders: Have an overall GPA of at least 2.50 in upper-division courses with a minimum of 12 credit hours of upper-division Accounting courses at an institution with AACSB Business accreditation, and  an overall GPA of at least 2.75 in the Accounting courses. 

      2. Advance Degree Holders:  Have an earned graduate degree in business from an AACSB-accredited university or a Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D., D.D.S. or J.D. from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution (or U.S. licensure). 

    4. Official TOEFL score report if you graduated from a University where English is not the native language. Minimum score needed is 81 for IBT (TOEFL) and 6.5 for the IELTS exam. 

    5. Complete the following foundation courses prior to entering the master program:  

      - ACC 2301 Financial Accounting  
      - ACC 2302 Managerial Accounting  
      - ACC 3300 Intermediate Accounting I  
      - ACC 3301 Intermediate Accounting II  
      - ACC 3302 Intermediate Accounting III  
      - ACC 3303 Cost Accounting  
      - ACC 3304 Accounting Information Systems  
      - ACC 4301 Individual Income Taxation  
      - ACC 4302 Corporation Taxation  
       -ACC 4304 Auditing 


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    * Please view all of the application requirements on the UHD Admissions website before submitting your application. Application deadline for Fall 2021 is August 1st, 2021.


    Last updated 6/9/2021 5:14 AM