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The online MPA from USD offers students a high quality AACSB accredited degree at an affordable tuition.

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The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business, established in 1927, has been continuously accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. Less than five percent of the nation's top business schools have earned this prestigious designation. Therefore, you can be confident that our online accounting degree is of high quality and is well regarded by the business community.

Master of Professional Accountancy Program

The online Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.) is designed to provide specialized training in accounting and related fields for those who wish to prepare for a career in public accounting and meet the 150-hour requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Specific course requirements to sit for the CPA exam do vary by state, so please be sure to check with the state licensing board in the state or states in which you intend to become licensed for specific requirements. This online accounting degree program provides training in graduate accounting, finance and related subjects for students seeking careers in industry, government service or accounting education. The primary objectives are: (1) to develop judgmental ability relating to the production and use of accounting information, and (2) to assist in the development of professional competence.

Master of Professional Accountancy - Accounting Analytics Specialization

The accounting analytics specialization meets the growing market demand for graduates with the ability to utilize and analyze data to strengthen accounting decision-making processes. It goes beyond advanced accounting coursework to include data-centric accounting theories and principles. The specialization is a 30-credit hour program, which can be completed 100 percent online in as little as two calendar years (after completing accounting and business prerequisites).

M.P.A. - Accounting Analytics Degree Completion Plan

Admission Requirements

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

Qualifications for GMAT Waiver

For more information about the online Master of Professional Accountancy, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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