Jun 19, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

Accounting, MPAcc

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The Lacy School of Business offers the Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) program for those students choosing to pursue a career in public or corporate accounting. It is primarily designed for students who already hold an undergraduate degree in accounting. Non-accounting majors are eligible to apply only if they have completed all of the prerequisite courses. The MPAcc degree, when combined with an undergraduate business degree, will enable students to meet the CPA certification requirement of 150 hours of postsecondary education mandated by most states.

Requirements for Graduation

The program requires 30 graduate credit hours, divided into three categories: core (17 credit hours), concentration (9 credit hours), and electives (4 credit hours). Students must complete at least one of the designated global concentration or elective courses. Students are required to achieve a 3.0 GPA to graduate from the program.

MPAcc Student Learning Outcomes

The faculty of the LSB has identified the following learning outcomes for students completing its MPAcc curriculum. They address what students should know, be able to do, and value.

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of advanced financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, law, tax, and other accounting-related business concepts
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of various accounting concepts, including international or multistate financial accounting or tax concepts
  • Demonstrate broad-based professional business and decision-making skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, and oral and written communication
  • Display teamwork and leadership skills
  • Apply appropriate ethical standards in professional decision making


The MPAcc curriculum comprises three components:

  • Core (17 credit hours): provides the necessary foundation in financial accounting and reporting, managerial applications, auditing, and taxation
  • Concentration (9 credit hours): allows students to develop fluency and expertise in financial reporting or taxation
  • Elective (4 credit hours): gives students an opportunity to explore areas beyond their concentration, such as law, nonprofit and government, or international accounting

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