Masters

Dr. Crabtree with MPA Students
Master of Professional Accountancy

MPA Program

As the field of accounting grows increasingly complex and educational requirements for taking the CPA exam increase, many students are seeking an advanced accounting education. Perhaps that's your goal, too. The MPA program at Nebraska's School of Accountancy strives to develop accounting professionals for the workplace they will enter now and in the future, as well as qualifying candidates to sit for the CPA exam. We do this by providing further technical education combined with a focus on communication and critical thinking.

School Admission Requirements

Prospective students may apply online at www.unl.edu/gradstudies. The required admission test is the GMAT exam. Information on the GMAT exam can be found at www.mba.com. A typical successful applicant for the MPA program will have:

  • Graduate Studies application form
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor)
  • Submit a one page statement of purpose
  • One copy of your official transcript
  • Acceptable GMAT score of at least 550 and a writing score of at least 4.0
  • GMAT is waived if applicant is a UNL accounting undergraduate with either an overall grade point average of 3.4 or an accounting grade point average of at least 3.4

The entire file is considered by the admission committee; therefore, successful applicants may deviate from the profile indicated.

Important Deadlines

Semester U.S. Students International Students
Fall July 1 April 1
Spring December 1 October 1
Summer May 1 February 1
Assistantship Deadline

To be considered for an assistantship, all MPA application materials must be received by April 1. Students who are given assistantships cannot have other employment. Students may apply by sending a resume and cover letter expressing their interest to the Director of the School of Accountancy. http://cba.unl.edu/people/acrabtree

Dr. Crabtree teaching MPA Students

BSBA and MPA Program

Who pursues a degree in BSBA and MPA Program?

Undergraduate accounting students may enter the master’s program while in the final year of their undergraduate studies as long as they have maintained good academic standing with the university and have taken the following required courses during their undergraduate studies.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 201/202 Principles of Accounting 6
ACCT 313/314 Intermediate Accounting 6
ACCT 308 Managerial Accounting 3
ACCT 309 Accounting Systems 3
ACCT 312 Individual Tax 3
Minors or Concentrations

Typically, students complete two of the following courses during the senior year of their undergraduate studies and two of these courses can count towards the student’s undergraduate and graduate degree:

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 401 Fraud/Internal Audit 3
ACCT 404 Advanced Financial 3
ACCT 409 Accounting Information Systems (AIS) 3
ACCT 410* Auditing 3
ACCT 413 Corporate Tax 3

*ACCT 410 is a required course for an undergraduate degree in accounting.

What are the MPA Course Requirements?

In a typical MPA program nine hours is considered full-time status and a maximum of 12 hours is permitted per semester.

Courses Credit Hours
ACCT 803 (Fall Only) 3
ACCT 808 (Fall Only) 3
ACCT 815, ACCT 816 or ACCT 819 3
ACCT 831 3
ACCT 850 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
Graduate Only ACCT or Business Elective 3**
Graduate Only ACCT or Business Elective 3**
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 36

**These courses can be any business course which is offered for graduate credit. A course with a 400 level counterpart is acceptable if you register for the course under the graduate number.

Please note: Two of the senior level classes may be taken for graduate credit. Any student who has earned senior standing can register for graduate credit prior to admission to a master’s program. Students register at the 800 level by filling out a Hold of Graduate Credit form. A letter grade of B or better must be earned in these Accounting courses.

MPA Program

Who pursues a degree in the MPA Program?

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree are considered for admission to the MPA program if they have the following accounting coursework background:

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 201/202 Principles of Accounting 6
ACCT 313/314 Intermediate Accounting 6
ACCT 308 Managerial Accounting 3
ACCT 309 Accounting Systems 3
ACCT 312 Individual Tax 3
What are the MPA Course Requirements?

In a typical MPA program nine hours is considered full-time status and a maximum of 12 hours is permitted per semester.

Courses Credit Hours
ACCT 803 (Fall Only) 3
ACCT 808 (Fall Only) 3
ACCT 815, ACCT 816 or ACCT 819 3
ACCT 831 3
ACCT 850 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
ACCT or Business Elective 3
Graduate Only ACCT or Business Elective 3**
Graduate Only ACCT or Business Elective 3**
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED 36

**These courses can be any business course which is offered for graduate credit. A course with a 400 level counterpart is acceptable if you register for the course under the graduate number.

Please note: Two of the senior level classes may be taken for graduate credit. Any student who has earned senior standing can register for graduate credit prior to admission to a master’s program. Students register at the 800 level by filling out a Hold of Graduate Credit form. A letter grade of B or better must be earned in these Accounting courses.

Joint MPA-JD Program

Why pursue a joint degree in MPA AND JD?

The world of business is ever changing. We find an increasing number of accountants required to understand and apply legal concepts and lawyers needing to understand and apply financial analysis.

The MPA-JD program is a joint program offered by the School of Accountancy and the College of Law that allows the student to understand the concepts and apply the analytical methods utilized in both professions. By completing these degrees in a joint program, students gain valuable interdisciplinary insights and are better prepared to advance their careers in the business world.

How does the joint MPA-JD program work?

The program typically takes four years of full-time course work to complete. This time period is less than if the two degrees were pursued separately.

Because the program is supervised by both the School of Accountancy and the College of Law, students must apply to and be admitted by each. Accounting students may choose to enter the MPA program prior to their admission to the College of Law. Law College students would typically be admitted to the joint program after completing their first year at the College of Law.

MPA Students at Pizza Party

Application Procedure

Office of Graduate Studies: Requirements

Complete the online application form https://wam.unl.edu/gradstudies/apply

After you submit your application, you will receive instructions the next day for the GAMES (Graduate Admission Management and Evaluation System) application system. https://games.unl.edu/GAMES/login.jsp

Application fee of $50.00

Transcripts

Ask each college or university that you have attended to send one official transcript to:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Graduate Admissions Office
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619
Tel: (402) 472-2875

Recommendation for Graduate Admission

Two letters of reference are required and should be submitted through GAMES. At least one letter should be from a professor.

Statement of Purpose

Submit a statement of purpose (typically one page) through GAMES.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

You should register to take the GMAT and have the results forwarded to UNL. You should also submit your scores through GAMES. Recommended GMAT score of 550.

International Students should also include:

TOEFL score (minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer based or 80 iBT)
Guidelines for international students can be found at http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international.

Additional Information

Benefits

Internships

An internship program is available for MPA students. Students interested in participating in an internship program should contact the MPA Adviser immediately after being admitted to the MPA program.

Financial Aid

Scholarships and Fellowships - All full-time MPA students are eligible for scholarships and fellowships except for students who are known to have a violation of the Student Code of Conduct (see Graduate Studies Bulletin).

Scholarship and fellowship awards are based on merit but attempts are made to offer as many awards as possible. In recent years 50 to 100 percent of MPA students have received awards of $1,000 or more. Awards are distributed automatically by the School of Accountancy at the beginning of each academic year. There is no application process.

Current Information on Tuition and Costs

Teaching/Research Assistantships

A limited number of assistantships are awarded each semester. Students on assistantships are assigned to work with one or two faculty members to assist them in collecting data for research and/or to assist in teaching activities (i.e., grade projects, homework and exams; lead recitation session or reviews for exams; monitor exams; etc.). Compensation is a waiver of 12 credit hours worth of tuition per semester and a cash stipend. Students who are awarded assistantships cannot have other employment. Students may apply by sending a resume and cover letter expressing their interest to the Director of the School of Accountancy.

Certified Public Accountant Examination

The School of Accountancy works diligently to provide MPA students with the resources useful to a graduate education. Our MPA program prepares students with the knowledge necessary to sit for the CPA Examination. Many students have questions about the process of becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. For more information you may look at the following websites.

http://nasba.org/
http://www.nasba.org/files/2012/01/Candidate_Bulletin.pdf
http://www.nbpa.ne.gov/cpa.html

Contact

Morris, Jina
MPA Coordinator / Assistant Professor of Practice

Accountancy

CBA 378
P.O. Box 880488
Lincoln, NE 68588-0488
Mailing Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Accountancy
P.O. Box 880488
Lincoln, NE 68588-0488
Shipping Address
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Department of Accountancy
CBA 307
1240 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0488