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Graduate Programs in Accounting

The Department of Accounting and Business Law offer two master’s’ program, The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and the Masters of Accountancy. These programs are designed to enable students to compete for professional accounting positions in business and government, as well as, in public accounting firms. The degree qualifies a graduate to meet the 150-hour requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination, and permits specialization in accounting beyond that possible in the MBA program or the undergraduate accounting degree (Bachelor of Business Administration).

In our programs we provide a learning environment to develop a diverse set of skills in the students including technical competence, critical thinking, strong communication abilities, and the ability to use technology to prepare them for professional careers in a dynamic world. The foregoing statement, taken from the department mission statement, reflects the desired learning outcomes for the students.

Why a graduate degree in Accounting at UTPA?

  • These programs are intended to accommodate the working professionals by providing a flexible entry.
  • Accelerated program – students with a Bachelors in Accounting degree may complete the program in one year
  • Completing the 150 credit hour educational requirement will allow you to sit for the CPA exam in Texas. Students planning to take the CPA exam should be aware that the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy requires that 15 of the 30 hours of accounting must be taken face-to-face.
  • We prepare students with the necessary skills to compete in leadership positions