2020 Graduate Outcomes
  • 26.3% average salary increase
  • 94% employed within three months of graduation
What does it cost?

Tuition Per Credit Hour:
Georgia residents: $499
Non-Georgia residents: $1,308
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Estimated total tuition and fees:
Georgia residents: $18,444-$20,072
Non-Georgia residents: $42,214-$45,794

Range based on full-time and average part-time course load and fees. Students may be required to complete prerequisite courses for an additional fee.

How long will it take?

Students with an accounting background have flexible options. They can complete the program in as little as 12 months, but also may take up to five years. Classes are available Monday-Thursday at 4:30 and 7:15 p.m.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Buckhead Center
, Tower Place 200

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, spring, or summer.

VIEW APPLICATION DEADLINES

Professional Accountancy, Master of (Flexible)

Asia Rivers, program recruiter
arivers@gsu.edu
404-413-7296

Your recruiter is here to answer your questions and help you prepare a strong application.
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Robinson’s Master of Professional Accountancy will prepare you to become a CPA, whether or not you possess accounting experience. The flexible program is designed for students with an undergraduate accounting degree (or equivalent), allowing them to complete courses at their own pace.

Don't have an accounting background?
We'll still prepare you to become a CPA through the cohort format of this program. Learn more »

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.

Students must complete specific undergraduate courses in addition to the 30 hours required for this degree. These classes are assigned as part of the admissions process based on a review of each student’s transcripts. They can be exempted if equivalent coursework has been previously completed with minimum grades of C-.

Required Courses

6 courses | 18 hours

  • ACCT 8120 – Advanced Federal Taxation
  • ACCT 8130 – Advanced Accounting Topics
  • ACCT 8310 – Seminar in Management Accounting Systems
  • ACCT 8610 – Advanced Topics in Assurance Services
  • ACCT 8700 – Financial Statement and Business Analysis
  • ACCT 8740 – Seminar on Internal Auditing

Elective Courses

4 courses  | 12 hours

You may select up to two 8000-level accounting classes.

Subject to approval, select two to four electives outside of accounting among the following:

  • CIS 8085 - Information and Information Systems Security Risk Management
  • CIS 8630 - Business Computer Forensics and Incident Response
  • FI 8000 - Valuation of Financial Assets
  • FI 8320 - Corporate Financial Strategy
  • HA 8160 - Introduction to the Health Care System
  • HA 8190 - Health Policy and Ethics
  • HA 8550 - Healthcare Planning and Financial Management
  • MBA 8000 - Managing in the Global Economy
  • MBA 8015 - Strategic Business Communication
  • MBA 8030 - Legal Environment: Ethics and Corporate Governance
  • MBA 8040 - Data Driven Decision Making
  • MBA 8135 - Corporate Finance
  • MGS 8040 - Data Mining
  • MSA 8040 - Data Management for Analytics
  • RMI 8050 - Risk Management Modeling

Other electives must be approved by your academic advisor.  Note: MBA 8025 and MBA 8115 are not allowed as electives for the Flexible MPA program.

Tuition Per Credit Hour:
Georgia residents: $499
Non-Georgia residents: $1,308
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Estimated total tuition and fees:
Georgia residents: $18,444-$20,072
Non-Georgia residents: $42,214-$45,794

Range based on full-time and average part-time course load and fees. Flexible Master of Professional Accountancy students may be required to complete prerequisite courses for an additional fee. Students will be informed by the admissions committee if this is the case.

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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Search Georgia State’s Database

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 Flexible Master of Professional Accountancy program is to equip students with the skills needed to excel in a professional path toward a leadership position in the practice of accountancy.

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 26.3% average salary increase, enabling them to pay back their investment in graduate school within 2.3 years.

VIEW SAMPLE JOB TITLES

accountant

auditor

business analyst

controller

financial analyst

internal auditor

operations finance director

tax compliance accountant

Meet Your Faculty

Lynn Comer-Jones

Clinical Assistant Professor

Vic Hartman

Principal, The Hartman Firm

Michael J. Majerczyk

Assistant Professor

Laurie McClain

Owner, McClain & Company

Mark Murovitz

Retired Partner, Habif, Arogeti & Wynne

Siva Nathan

Associate Professor; American Accounting Association Competitive Manuscript Award

headshot Galen Sevcik

Professor; Former Auditor, PwC

Douglas E. Stevens

James E. and Patricia W. Copeland Deloitte Chair in Accountancy

Program Stories

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Contacts

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

Asia Rivers, program recruiter
404-413-7296
arivers@gsu.edu

35 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303