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USD to begin offering Master of Professional Accountancy degree online

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Accounting Program at the University of South Dakota will soon offer its master’s degree in professional accountancy online. The South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved the university’s request to extend the degree online, allowing students to enroll in the Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.) program beginning January 2012. Accepted students may complete the graduate degree in as little as two years through part-time study and students may begin the program in January, May or August of any year.

Online specialized accounting graduate programs are rare, according to recent market research conducted by the Beacom School of Business at USD. In fact, USD is one of only a handful of AACSB-International accredited schools that offer a specialized accounting master's degree program online. The others include Stetson University, Auburn University and the University of Connecticut. USD’s online M.P.A. is designed to provide specialized training in accounting and related fields for students preparing for a career in public accounting or other higher level careers in industry, government service, or accounting education.

Offered via the Division of Continuing & Distance Education, the M.P.A. joins the Beacom School’s popular M.B.A. as an online offering that’s not just convenient but highly affordable. All M.P.A. courses are taught by the same credentialed faculty and include the same high quality subject matter regardless of delivery mode, whether online or on campus.

According to federal labor estimates, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next decade – faster than the average for all other occupations. Course requirements to sit for the C.P.A. exam differ by state, so prospective students are encouraged to verify specific requirements with their state licensing board in the state or states in which they anticipate to become licensed.

For more information about USD’s online M.P.A., please visit the Division of Continuing & Distance Education website at or go to to learn more about the M.P.A. program at USD.  The Graduate School is currently accepting applications, apply at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News