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University Bulletin
Graduate Degree Programs

Accounting (ACCNT)

James A. Nemes, Chancellor and Director of Academic Affairs
Penn State Great Valley
30 East Swedesford Road,
Malvern, PA 19355

Bo Ouyang, Professor-in-Charge
Management Division
Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies
30 East Swedesford Road,
Malvern, PA 19355

Degree Conferred:  Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.)

The Graduate Faculty

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission.

Students who apply for admission should have completed course work substantially equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Business (or a business discipline) from Penn State University. Applicants to the Penn State Great Valley M.P.Acc. program should also have a grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their final 60 credits of undergraduate course work, both overall as well as in accounting courses. If the undergraduate major is not Accounting, an applicant must have completed the following minimum core of accounting course work (or its equivalent) with a final grade of B- or better: ACCTG 211 (Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making), ACCTG 310 (Federal Taxation I), ACCTG 340 (Cost Accounting), ACCTG 403 (Auditing), ACCTG 471 (Intermediate Financial Accounting I), and ACCTG 472 (Intermediate Financial Accounting II).

All applicants to the Penn State Great Valley M.P.Acc. program are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores. A waiver will be considered if the applicant has an advanced degree (e.g., master’s degree or higher) from a regionally accredited university with AACSB accredited programs OR one or more professional business certifications including a CFA, CPA, FRM, and/or CMA, or doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.).

Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at the 400, 500, or 800 level, with at least 18 at the 500 or 800 level, and a minimum of 9 credits at the 500 level. This includes 24 credits in the required core courses:

  • ACCTG 512 Financial Accounting Theory and Reporting Problems (3 cr.)
  • BLAW 444 Advanced UCC and Commercial Transactions (3 cr.)
  • ACCTG 806 Advanced Topics in Taxation (3 cr.)
  • ACCTG 873 Advanced Topics in Financial g (3 cr.)
  • ACCTG 803 Accounting Information and Decision Systems (3 cr.)
  • ACCTG 462 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3 cr.)
  • ACCT 550 Professional Responsibilities and Ethics (3 cr.)
  • ACCTG 831 Advanced Auditing (3 cr.)

The remaining 6 credits of electives may be chosen from a list of approved electives maintained by the program office. Note that one of the electives must be a 500-level graduate course.

ACCTG 831 Advanced Auditing serves as the capstone course for this degree.  This capstone course taken at the end of the program uses all the knowledge gained from prior coursework and applies them through presentation and analysis of case studies. Students will study investigative accounting, consulting, and litigation support activities undertaken in forensic accounting engagements through the use of case studies. This capstone course includes a final capstone project which emphasizes case analysis to develop critical thinking and analytical skills in the use of accounting reports for broad-based business analysis. In this capstone project, students examine a current issue in accounting and regulation. Through this comprehensive capstone project, students acquire a big-picture understanding of accounting trends and regulatory issues, along with the critical-thinking skills to evaluate and debate them.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.



Last Revised by the Department: Spring 2018

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-06-000

Review Date: 4/10/2018


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