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College of Business
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173040
Bozeman, MT 59717-3040


Dr. Dan Moshavi, Ph.D., Interim Dean
Bruce Raymond, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
Susan Dana, J.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Christine Lamb, Ed.D., Assistant Dean


  • Anne Christensen, Ph.D.
  • Bonita Kramer Peterson, Ph.D.

Associate Professors

  • Marc Giullian, Ph.D.
  • Christie Johnson, MBA

 Assistant Professors

    • Perry Solheim, Ph.D.
    • Priscilla Wisner, Ph.D.
    • Angela Woodland, Ph.D.

Degree Offered

M. of Professional Accountancy

The Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) degree is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the field of accounting. With the assistance of an advisor, students will formulate a graduate program which will integrate their educational background, areas of interest and career path.


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


A bachelor's degree in business provides the best foundation for this program. Students who have non-business undergraduate degrees or undergraduate course deficiencies may be provisionally admitted while attending to subject matter deficiencies. To apply, applicants must submit an application, scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), three letters of recommendation, all prior college transcripts, and a one-page statement of purpose. Applicants must be formally admitted by the Division of Graduate Education after the preliminary recommendation for admission is reached by the College of Business. Refer to the Admission Policies and Application Requirements sections for additional information.

 Program Requirements

At least 30 credits of acceptable coursework must be completed, including at least 21 credits of coursework from MSU. Elective credits are selected by the student, with approval from the MPAc director. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 semester grade point average, and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

 Required Courses

ACTG 521 Advanced Auditing 3 credits
ACTG 525 Accounting Theory & Complex Issues in Accounting 3 credits
ACTG 526 Advanced Taxation 3 credits
ACTG 528 Legal Issues for Accountants 3 credits
ACTG 529 Research in Accounting 3 credits
ACTG 536 Advanced Accounting 3 credits
XXX Electives 12 credits

Total 30

Refer to the For Master's Students section for additional degree requirements. Students are expected to be familiar with the degree requirements of both the College of Business and the Division of Graduate Education.

Financial Assistance

Graduate teaching and research assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, may be available to admitted graduate students. See the Graduate Assistantships sections for detailed information on appointment criteria.

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