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Prepare to Become a CPA with a Master of Professional Accounting Degree

Increasingly complex business methods, growing sophistication in auditing approaches, new tax laws, and demand for highly technical services require that you have an expanded knowledge base to become an effective, efficient accounting professional. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) opens doors to opportunities not only in accounting firms, but also across the business landscape. The Penn State World Campus online accounting master's program helps you acquire the skills to successfully prepare for the CPA exam, and provides you with academic credentials to prepare you for licensure as a CPA.

This program is AACSB Accredited

If you have completed an undergraduate degree in business or accounting, and need to satisfy the 150-credit hour educational requirements for CPA licensure in Pennsylvania and most other states, this AACSB-accredited online accounting master's degree is designed for you.

Admission to the Master of Professional Accounting program does not require an undergraduate accounting degree, but it does require certain undergraduate accounting courses. Prerequisite accounting courses are listed on the "How to Apply" page. 

Please note: the GRE/GMAT requirement will be waived for those submitting an application to start in the spring 2021 semester.

The Penn State Difference

The Master's in Accounting program is developed and taught by experienced full-time Penn State faculty with diverse backgrounds. The faculty are experienced in teaching online and are prepared to teach you how to analyze and evaluate business problems.

Start with a Graduate Certificate and Step Up to the Master's Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting consists of four courses from the Master of Professional Accounting, which means you can begin your accounting education by pursuing the certificate, and then choose to continue and apply to the master's degree program. If you apply and are accepted to the master's degree program, you can apply the 12 credits from the certificate toward the degree. The more fundamental Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations may provide some of the necessary prerequisite coursework for the master’s degree; however, credit from this program cannot be applied to meet graduation requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting.

Penn State's Online Accounting Master's Degree Designed to Advance Your Career

The online Master of Professional Accounting degree can prepare you for a career in auditing and public accounting, industrial and managerial accounting, and governmental and not-for-profit accounting. Combining graduate accounting course work with CPA certification can facilitate your entry to careers in consulting and advisory services as well as corporate finance, financial analysis, and forensic accounting.