Professional Accountancy M.S.


The Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) program is designed to provide students with professional accountancy skills to compete in the rapidly changing accounting world. The program aligns with the SJU mission and meets the needs of students seeking the required 150 credit hours necessary to earn licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania and most other states. With technology enhanced coursework and in-depth case applications beyond the traditional undergraduate offerings, this program is also designed to allow students to gain proficiency in other business disciplines.  Our program is unique in that students can customize their course selection to match their professional goals. 

Built upon our excellent working relationship with major accounting firms in the area, we have actively sought their input in designing the curriculum, in order to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become ethically responsible leaders in the global accountancy profession. The MPA provides an academic program with a curriculum reflecting the realities of a fast changing global marketplace, recognizes the emergence of information technology as the most important driving force in revolutionizing business practices, and acknowledges the importance of professional ethics in all business activities and the value of life-long learning.

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Learning Goals and Outcomes  

Knowledge of Functional Area:  Students will acquire strong functional knowledge of accounting and other business disciplines.

Ignatian Values/Jesuit Traditions:  Students will develop an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the Ignatian values on ethical issues and professional responsibilities related to the field of accountancy.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:  Students will develop the competence to critically analyze information and data as the basis for solving problems and making decisions.

Communication Skills:  Students will demonstrate competency in communicating effectively in the language of business.

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Students who apply to the MPA program should have an undergraduate educational background equivalent to a Bachelor of Science Accounting degree from an AACSB accredited university.

To earn the MPA degree, students must choose five graduate accounting courses from an expanded list of accounting offerings. In addition, students must also complete five additional graduate courses of their choice from other business disciplines such as Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, or Finance.  These courses will complement the accounting courses in the MPA degree and provide the expertise needed to succeed in the accounting profession. 

For the SJU undergraduate student, several classes offered in the senior year can be counted toward the degree requirements for both the undergraduate Accounting major and MPA degree.