Master of Professional Accountancy Program (MPAc)

Masters of Professional Accountancy

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

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.

Our accounting program has a long history of success. MSU accounting students consistently have a first time pass rate on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensing exam that is three to four times the national average. During the past twenty-five years, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has often included our program among the top ten in the nation for our students' CPA pass rate. As a result of this success and our students' high placement rate upon graduation, our program has grown significantly during the past few years and now enrolls approximately 50 MPAc students each semester.

This emphasis on excellence has created a strong demand for our accounting 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. 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 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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