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Thank you for your interest in the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program at Montana State University (MSU). Our website contains much of the information you need to learn about the program. If you have additional questions, please contact

2018-2019 most affordable accounting masters sealBest Value

The MPAc degree at MSU was recognized as the most affordable program of its kind in Montana for 2018-2019 by, an accounting and finance resource website. The rankings focused on value to the student, according to the organization’s website. To make its rankings, compiled information on both public and private schools in each state that achieved a first-time pass rate better than the national average and had the best cost per credit hour in a semester hour system. From there, it examined other features and benefits to students such as paid internships, curriculum, job placement assistance, study abroad options and more. (Read more about the MPAc degree at MSU)

History of Success

The MPAc degree is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the field of accounting. When you enter our program, you will have the opportunity to work closely with our nationally-recognized accounting and business faculty, using state-of-the-art technology. With the assistance of the Director of the MPAc Program, students will formulate a graduate program that will integrate their educational background, areas of interest and career path.

Top CPA Pass Rates

Accounting students at the JJCBE have historically scored above the national average for first-time CPA pass rates. Our MPAc courses are designed to assist students in their preparation for the CPA exam. MPAc students find that the program's challenging courses have prepared them well for the CPA exam. Many of these students have already passed some sections of the CPA exam prior to graduation.

Great Employment Opportunities

This emphasis on excellence has created a strong demand for our MPAc graduates. Companies from most states in the western United States recruit on campus. Our graduates are employed by international public accounting firms, regional and local public accounting firms, corporations, and federal and state government entities.

Mission & Goals

The mission of the MPAc program is to prepare students for professional careers in accounting and finance. Candidates for the degree will build on the broad general and business education obtained at the undergraduate level to gain more advanced competencies in the practice and theory of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, law, and other business and professional areas. Students will also be introduced to research methods and resources used by accounting professionals. Goals include:

  • To produce graduates who will have long-term success in their accounting and finance careers.
  • To prepare our graduates to meet the educational requirements recommended by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • To provide our students with access to professional opportunities through career placement services.

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