Accounting (Behrend)

Graduate Program HeadGreg Filbeck
Program CodeACNTG
Campus(es)Erie (M.P.Acc.)
Degrees ConferredMaster of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.)
The Graduate Faculty


The Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.) degree program in Accounting requires 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and will take one year to complete. This program will equip the students for the increasing legal and financial complexities faced by the accounting profession. This degree will also satisfy the requirements for taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination and becoming a CPA through the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy as well as most of the State Boards of the neighboring states.

The program is delivered in a blended format of 25 percent classroom instruction on campus or at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township and 75 percent online learning.

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. See GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Admission cannot be granted to individuals who require a student visa due to the majority of instruction taking place online.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in business and the course work should be substantially similar to the Penn State Erie undergraduate degree in business.  If the degree is in business but not in accounting then applicants should have the following courses or their equivalents completed with B or better in every course:

ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
ACCTG 310Federal Taxation I3
ACCTG 340Cost Accounting3
ACCTG 371Intermediate Accounting I4
ACCTG 403Auditing3
ACCTG 472Intermediate Financial Accounting II3

Applicants should have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the junior and senior years, and a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the accounting courses.

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  1. Online Graduate School application including nonrefundable application fee
  2. Statement of intent
  3. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  4. TOEFL or IELTS scores, if applicable

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Accounting (M.P.Acc.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree that must be acquired in 400-, 500-, or 800-level courses. At least 21 of the 30 credits must be 500 and 800 level courses, at least 9 credits (of the 21 credits) must be at the 500 level, and the remaining 9 credits must be at 400, 500, or 800 level.

The following courses need to be completed for a total of 30 credits.

Required Courses
BLAW 444Advanced UCC and Commercial Transactions3
ACCTG 806Taxes and Business Planning3
or ACCT 510 Business Tax Planning Theory and Practice
ACCTG 873Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting3
or ACCT 573 Financial Reporting II
ACCTG 881Financial Statement Analysis3
or ACCT 561 Financial Statement Analysis II
ACCT 504Auditing Theory and Practice3
ACCT 545Strategic Cost Management3
BADM 526Leadership and Ethics3
or ACCT 550 Professional Responsibilities and Ethics in Accounting
FIN 451Intermediate Financial Management3
3 credits of elective (Approved 400-, 500-, or 800-level course) or 3 credits of Internship (ACCTG 595)3
Culminating Experience
ACCTG 803Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support (Capstone Course)3
Total Credits30


A graduate minor is available in any approved graduate major or dual-title program. The default requirements for a graduate minor are stated in Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies and GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies, depending on the type of degree the student is pursuing:

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set by The Graduate School.

A limited number of scholarships and graduate assistantships are available. Many students work full time and take classes part time. In many cases, employers have a tuition-reimbursement plan paying for partial or full tuition. View student aid options available.


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.

Accounting (ACCT) Course List

Accounting (ACCTG) Course List

Business Administration (BADM) Course List

Business Law (BLAW) Course List

Finance (FIN) Course List

Learning Outcomes

  1. COMMUNICATE: Graduates will develop effective presentation and written communication skills. 
    1. Graduates are able to prepare and deliver a professional presentation about a business problem. 
    2. Graduates are able to demonstrate effective written communication skills. 
  2. THINK, APPLY/CREATE: Graduates will be able to think critically, solve problems, and make decisions.
    1. Graduates are able to objectively identify and prioritize accounting problems.
    2. Graduates are able to develop alternative solutions to accounting problems.
    3. Graduates demonstrate sufficient skills to read, reason logically, and draw relevant conclusions. 
  3. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: Graduates will be able to recognize ethical issues in business and know how to deal with them. 
    1. Graduates will recognize ethical issues in business situations. 
    2. Graduates will apply ethical frameworks to business problems.
    3. Graduates will describe the ethical consequences of decision alternatives.
  4. KNOW: Graduates will have technical competency in accounting. 
    1. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in accounting skills in taxation. 
    2. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in accounting skills in managerial accounting. 
    3. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in accounting skills in auditing.
    4. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in financial statement analysis. 
    5. Graduates will demonstrate technical competency in accounting theory and research.

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.


Campus Erie
Graduate Program Head Greg Filbeck
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Ashutosh V Deshmukh
Program Contact

Ashutosh V Deshmukh
5101 Jordan Road
Erie PA 16563
(814) 898-6438

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