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The Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.) provides specialized training in accounting and related fields for those who wish to prepare for a career in public accounting and meet the 150-hour educational requirement to be eligible for the CPA exam in South Dakota.

Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.)

Prepares students for a career in public accounting and meets the 150-hour educational requirement for the CPA exam (state dependent).

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Master of Professional Accountancy - Accounting Analytics Specialization (M.P.A.)

This specialization meets the growing market demand for graduates with the ability to utilize and analyze data to strengthen accounting decision-making processes.

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Joint Bachelor of Business Administration / Master of Professional Accountancy Fast-Track Option (B.B.A./M.P.A.)

Accounting majors meeting requirements for entry into the M.P.A. program may opt to complete both the Accounting B.B.A and M.P.A. concurrently. Students who pursue this fast-track option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs.

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Joint Master of Professional Accountancy / Juris Doctor (M.P.A./J.D.)

A joint program with the USD School of Law in which students earn both degrees concurrently in three years.

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Admission Requirements

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to Professional Accountancy in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

Qualifications for GMAT Waiver

Online & Off-Campus Options


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The Classroom & Beyond

  • Photo of Chu Bing Sabrina McMullin.

    VERMILLION, S.D. - Chu Bing Sabrina McMullin '16 was recently named a recipient of the Elijah Watt Sells Award by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) for her top CPA examination score.

  • The accounting club enhances your understanding of the accounting profession and increases your awareness of career opportunities in the field through participation in club activities.

  • Beta Alpha Psi

    The Theta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi​ is the national scholastic and professional accounting fraternity. The primary objective is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the field of accounting.