Master of Professional Accountancy

Masters students
96% CPA Placement Rate
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. With an MPA degree from Nebraska, you will be qualified to sit for the CPA exam and prepared for the workplace you will enter now and in the future. We’ll help you along the way by providing opportunities for financial support and mentorship and classes meant to further develop your technical education and refine your communication and critical thinking skills.

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Fall Start
U.S. Students - Apply by July 1
International Students - April 1
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Spring Start
U.S. Students - Apply by December 1
International Students - October 1
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Summer Start
U.S. Students - Apply by May 1
International Students - February 1
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Admission Requirements

Admission Deadlines

There are several deadlines for admission throughout the year.

Fall - July 1 (U.S. students) and April 1 (international students)
Spring - December 1 (U.S. students) and October 1 (international students)
Summer - May 1 (U.S. students) and February 1 (international students)

Assistantship Deadline

To be considered for an assistantship, all MPA application materials must be received by April 1. If you are given an assistantship, you cannot have other employment. You may apply for an assistantship by sending a resume and cover letter expressing your interest to the Director of the School of Accountancy.

School Admission Requirements

To begin, apply online. The required admission test is the GMAT exam. A typical successful applicant for the MPA program will have:

- Resume
- Graduate Studies application form
- Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor)
- 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

The GMAT is waived if you are a Nebraska accounting undergraduate with either an overall GPA of 3.4 or an accounting GPA of at least 3.4.

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

GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test

You must register to take the GMAT and have the results forwarded to Nebraska (use institution code S40-HW-48). You must also submit your scores through the graduate application.

The recommended GMAT score for admission is 550.

International Students with a degree outside the United States must also include:
- TOEFL score (minimum score of 550 written, 213 computer based or 80 iBT) (use institution code 6877)

The International Student and Scholar Office provides orientation, counseling and advising to international students, and serves as the official liaison between your sponsoring agency and the United States government. Staff members are also available to help you make contacts on campus and in the Lincoln community.

Guidelines for International Students

Admissions Process

Apply

Apply online and submit the $50 application fee.

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Upload Supporting Documents

All Supporting Documents including unofficial transcripts and test scores are uploaded directly via the graduate application.

You are required to submit an unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended during the application review process.


Submit Official Transcripts

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript sent directly from each institution you have attended to The Office of Graduate Studies. We recommend that you complete this task before your admitted term begins. A hold will be placed on your account if they do not receive your official transcripts by October 1 for the fall term, February 1 for the spring term and July 1 for the summer term. Students will have until that day to submit official transcripts or your admission will be rescinded.

Transcripts can be sent electronically to graduate@unl.edu or by mail to

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Graduate Admissions
1100 Seaton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0619

International Student Transcript Submission

If you are an international student, please refer to the Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies for transcript and document information.

International Transcript Information

Additional information on Application Requirements can be found at Graduate Studies website.

Program Paths

BSBA AND MPA

Who pursues a degree in BSBA and MPA Program?

As an undergraduate accounting student, you may enter the master’s program while in your final year of your undergraduate studies. To qualify, you must have maintained good academic standing with the university and taken the following courses during your undergraduate studies:

- ACCT 201/202 (Principles of Accounting) - 6 credit hours
- ACCT 313/314 (Intermediate Accounting) - 6 credit hours
- ACCT 308 (Managerial Accounting) - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 309 (Accounting Systems) - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 312 (Individual Tax) - 3 credit hours

What are the MPA Course Requirements?

In a typical MPA program, nine hours is considered full-time status. A maximum of 15 hours is permitted in the fall and spring semesters, and a maximum of 12 hours is permitted during the summer sessions.

In total, 30 hours are required to earn your MPA.

- ACCT 803 (Fall Only) - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 808 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 815, ACCT 816 or ACCT 819 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 831 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 850 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT or Business Elective - 15 credit hours*
- Graduate Only ACCT or Business Elective - 6 credit hours**

* If you do not take ACCT 404/804 as an undergraduate, ACCT 804 will be required in your MPA program.

** These courses have to be graduate only courses within the College of Business; they cannot have a 400 level counterpart.

MPA

Who pursues a degree in the MPA Program?

If you are a student who has already earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting or in an area outside of accounting, you can be considered for admission into the MPA program.

Before admission, you must take the GMAT exam and complete the following accounting courses. If these courses have not been completed prior, you will take them during your MPA program in addition to the 30 credit hours required to earn your MPA.

- ACCT 201/202 (Principles of Accounting) - 6 credit hours
- ACCT 313/314 (Intermediate Accounting) - 6 credit hours
- ACCT 308 (Managerial Accounting) - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 309 (Accounting Systems) - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 312 (Individual Tax) - 3 credit hours

What are the MPA Course Requirements?

In a typical MPA program, nine hours is considered full-time status. A maximum of 15 hours is permitted in the fall and spring semesters, and a maximum of 12 hours is permitted during the summer sessions.

In total, 30 hours are required to earn your MPA.

- ACCT 803 (Fall Only) - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 808 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 815, ACCT 816 or ACCT 819 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 831 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT 850 - 3 credit hours
- ACCT or Business Elective - 15 credit hours*
- Graduate Only ACCT or Business Elective - 6 credit hours**

* If you do not take ACCT 404/804 as an undergraduate, ACCT 804 will be required in your MPA program.

** These courses have to be graduate only courses within the College of Business; they cannot have a 400 level counterpart.

APPLY TO THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

JOINT MPA-JD

Why pursue a joint degree in MPA AND JD?

As the world of business is ever changing, the need for professionals with backgrounds in both accounting and law is rapidly increasing. Retirement and estate planning, internal auditing, corporate accounting and forensic accounting are growing fields, and tax attorneys and FBI tax agents are in high demand. This joint program, offered by the School of Accountancy and the College of Law, combines concepts and analytic methods from both fields. By completing the two degrees in a joint program, you gain valuable interdisciplinary insights and become better prepared to advance your career in the business world. Additionally, the wide breadth of courses prepares you to sit for both the Bar exam and CPA exam.

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.

You must complete a total of 87 credit hours at the College of Law and 30 credit hours at the College of Business.

Because the program is supervised by both the School of Accountancy and the College of Law, you must apply to and be admitted by both to qualify for the joint program. If you are an accounting student, you may choose to enter the MPA program prior to your admission to the College of Law. If you are a law student, you would typically be admitted to the joint program after completing your first year at the College of Law.

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APPLY TO THE COLLEGE OF LAW

Public Accounting

Accountants may establish or join a firm in which they use a breadth of knowledge to assist clients in their accounting needs.

Interested in public accounting?

Public accounting clients may consist of businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations or governments. Whether you’re pursuing a career as an auditor, tax accountant, forensic accountant, accounting analyst or another path, we offer specific courses to help you prepare:
- Auditing preparation and review: ACCT 831 and 832
- Tax Planning: ACCT 813, 815, and 819
- Estate Planning: Law School
- Consulting accounting systems, mergers and acquisitions: ACCT 404/804, 409/809, 840

Want to connect with employers?

Many Nebraska accounting graduates have the opportunity to work or intern at top organizations all over the country. Below are some that have previously hired Nebraska graduates:
- Deloitte & Touche, LLP
- KPMG, LLP
- Ernst & Young
- PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
- BKD, LLP
- Lutz & Company, PC
- McGladrey
- HBE Becker Meyer Love, LLP
- Dana F. Cole & Company
- Seim Johnson, LLP
- Kennedy & Coe
- Hancock & Dana, PC
- McDermott & Miller, PC
- Orizon CPAs, LLC
- Labenz & Associates
- Frankel Zacharia, LLC
- EKS&H Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman, PC
- Koski Professional Group
- Nebraska Society of CPA’s
- Baker Tilly

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Benefits

If you choose to pursue an MPA, you’ll open the door to benefits including internship course credit, financial aid, and teaching and research assistantships.

Internships

If you obtain an internship while in the MPA program, you can enroll in an internship course to earn 3 credit hours of coursework towards your MPA degree.

Financial Aid

As a full-time MPA student, you are eligible for scholarships and fellowships. The exception to this is if you are known to have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

Scholarships and fellowship awards are based on merit, but we aim to offer as many awards as possible. In recent years, 50-100 percent of our 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

We award a limited number of assistantships each semester. If you receive an assistantship, you will be assigned to work with one or two faculty members to assist them in collecting data for research and/or to assist in teaching activities (such as grading projects, homework and exams, leading recitation sessions or reviews for exams and monitoring exams).

Compensation is a waiver of 12 credit hours worth of tuition per semester and a cash stipend. If you have been awarded an assistantship, you cannot have other employment.

Apply by sending a resume and cover letter expressing your interest to the Director of the School of Accountancy.

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CPA Exam Preparation

We work diligently to provide you with the resources useful to be successful in your graduate education. Our MPA program will equip you with the knowledge necessary to sit for the CPA examination.

For more information on how to prepare for the CPA exam, please refer to the following websites:
- National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
- NASBA Candidate Bulletin
- Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy (NBPA)

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Why Nebraska?

Home to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, the city of Lincoln consistently ranks among the highest U.S. cities for livability thanks to a low cost of living, great schools and friendly, community-minded residents. Set amidst a big sky and open landscape, the city is simple to navigate with a nationally noted low crime rate, a wide range of housing choices and a reliable public transit system. As one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest, Lincoln boasts a growing technology sector, more parkland per capita than all but a few U.S. cities, an extensive bike trail network and numerous options for recreational and personal interest activities. It’s easy to feel at home here.

Points of Pride About Lincoln Local Events

Cost of Living Comparison (2018)
  Lincoln Ann Arbor Boston Austin College Station Raleigh Seattle United States
Overall 96 127 182 130 99 111 204 100
Grocery 92.9 90.7 105.7 88.7 87.5 93.4 100.4 100
Health 120 90 83 92 91 103 82 100
Housing 94 190 314 185 125 139 407 100
Utilities 92 99 117 99 96 99 69 100
Transportation 87 115 152 131 83 100 157 100
Miscellaneous 98 95 129 100 89 98 120 100

Contact

Morris, Jina
MPA Coordinator / Assistant Professor of Practice
HLH 435 F
P.O. Box 880488
Lincoln, NE 68588-0488
402-472-3823