2020 Graduate Outcomes
  • 58.4% average salary increase
  • 100% employed within three months of graduation
What does it cost?

Georgia residents: $37,500
Non-Georgia residents: $43,500
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

How long will it take?

Students join a cohort and complete the program in 16 months. Classes meet in the evening on Tuesday and Thursday.

Where can I take classes?
Buckhead Center (200 Tower Place)

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

The Robinson College of Business reviews applications on a rolling basis. The deadlines below are intended to serve as benchmarks. Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Applicants can expect to receive a decision within six weeks of the Office of Graduate Admissions receiving all required materials.

Students can begin coursework in the fall.

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Professional Accountancy, Master of (Cohort)

Trista Highfill, graduate recruitment
thighfill@gsu.edu

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Robinson’s Master of Professional Accountancy will prepare you to become a CPA, whether or not you possess accounting experience. Students without an accounting background will join a cohort, proceeding through the program in a sequence designed to maximize success and support along the way. Two prerequisites (Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting) are required to enroll.

Do you already have an undergraduate degree in accounting, or an equivalent degree?
Join the flexible format of this program, and complete courses at your own pace.

Classes take place in the evening, so you can keep your day job. The courses satisfy the 30 credit hours of upper-level accounting education required of CPAs in Georgia.

Students don’t just receive CPA exam preparation. They also enjoy exposure to the Big Four and other accounting firms through Robinson’s biannual career fair.

Students can join organizations that are specific to the accounting field. One example is Beta Alpha Psi, which provides opportunities for self-development and service, and encourages a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility among members.

"At Ernst & Young [EY], we rely heavily on Robinson’s Master of Professional Accountancy [MPA] program as a source for our Atlanta and Alpharetta offices. Robinson’s MPA graduates often fill internship and entry-level positions that focus on assurance, tax and advisory services; they also take on business development roles.

I can spot a Robinson graduate amongst other candidates when I look around the room. They are the ones optimizing their time and building their network.

Kelsey Rock

We know that when we hire a Robinson grad, he/she will be hardworking. Robinson students love the city of Atlanta and want to build a life and career at EY."

- Kelsey Rock, campus recruiter, Ernst & Young

Program Details

Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

Prerequisites

These courses are often referred to as Introductory Managerial Accounting and Introductory Financial Accounting and must be completed before the first semester of required coursework begins.

Required Courses

10 courses | 30 hours

  • ACCT 8010 – Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 8020 – Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 8030 – Managerial and Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 8040 – Topics in Federal Taxation
  • ACCT 8050 – Assurance and Information Systems Control
  • ACCT 8120 – Advanced Federal Taxation
  • ACCT 8130 – Advanced Accounting Topics
  • ACCT 8310 – Seminar in Management Accounting Systems
  • ACCT 8700 – Financial Statement and Business Analysis
  • ACCT 8740 – Seminar on Internal Auditing

Georgia residents: $37,500
Non-Georgia residents: $43,500
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Financial Aid

Contact Graduate Student Financial Services
We are here to help you understand the cost of your program, the payment schedule and financing opportunities.

rcbfinancialaid@gsu.edu
404-413-7086

Scholarships

Robinson Scholarships

Robinson offers several scholarships through the Office of the Dean as well as the individual academic departments.

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Georgia State offers a robust searchable database containing scholarships offered through the university as well as external websites.

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Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate research assistantships are available to offset program costs. Below, see a table that breaks down the cost of tuition after a GRA position is secured.

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Loans

You will be paired with a Graduate Student Experience professional who stays on top of the extracurricular programming that will enhance your academic journey and propel your career. Activities include boot camps on topics that are relevant to your field, professional workshops, networking events, recruiting fairs, and meet-and-greets intended to create camaraderie with your peers.

View a Sample Extracurricular Schedule

Learn More about the Graduate Student Experience Team

The objective of the Cohort Master of Professional Accountancy program is to prepare non-accounting students for professional careers in accounting.

Careers

Program graduates work for a variety of companies including BDO USA, Bennett Thrasher, EY, Georgia Power Company, Georgia-Pacific, KPMG, PwC, Turner Broadcasting System, and WestRock Company.

Our 2020 graduates reported a 58.4% average salary increase, enabling them to pay back their investment in graduate school within 1.8 years.

VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

accountant

accounting manager

auditor

business analyst

financial analyst

operations finance director

tax compliance accountant

Meet Your Faculty

Lynn Comer-Jones

Clinical Assistant Professor

Michael J. Majerczyk

Assistant Professor

Laurie McClain

Owner, McClain & Company

Siva Nathan

Associate Professor; American Accounting Association Competitive Manuscript Award

Galen Sevcik

Professor; Former Auditor, PwC

Ivo D. Tafkov

KPMG / E. Harold Stokes Professor of Accounting

Program Stories

Robinson College of Business Graduate Enrollment Surges 78 Percent; Incoming Class is Largest, Most Diverse in its History
Robinson welcomed 862 new graduate students this fall, a 78 percent increase over 2019’s incoming class of 484 students. They are enrolled in 14 degree programs.
What difference does Road to Robinson make?
For many graduate students at the Robinson College of Business, a critical step in their decision process was attending a Road to Robinson event. Check out what four students have to say about their experience.
William Tanks, Cohort Master of Professional Accountancy - Still on Fire
After spending 26 years on Cobb County’s Fire & Emergency Services team, William Tanks’ career was only getting started.

Contacts

Your recruiter is here to answer your questions and help you prepare a strong application.
Set up an appointment with your recruiter

Trista Highfill, graduate recruitment
thighfill@gsu.edu

35 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303