This program is no longer accepting students pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Master of Professional Accounting (online)

The Master of Professional Accounting provides focused, accounting education meant to prepare students for a career in public accounting, private industry, as well as government/non-profit sector. The program consists of 32 credits that will be taken over a 16-month period with start dates in September, January, and May.  The coursework will consist of 16 credits in basic accounting, taxation and information systems, followed by 16 credits in advanced topics including auditing and financial statement analysis and firm valuation. The courses offered in the MPrA are taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in accounting at the Miami Herbert Business School.  All of these courses have been taught as two-credit or three-credit courses, but have been modified, combined and packaged into four credit modules. Most students in the program will earn a Certificate in Accounting Practice along the way to earning their degree.

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Curriculum Requirements 

ACC 681Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting4
ACC 682Intermediate Accounting4
ACC 683Taxation4
ACC 684Accounting Information Systems4
ACC 685Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation4
ACC 686Auditing4
ACC 687Advanced Cost Accounting4
ACC 688Advanced Accounting and Financial Reporting4
Two additional optional courses 1
ACC 689Current Issues in Accounting (Issues in Accounting with a focus on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting)4
ACC 690Fraud and Forensic Accounting: Ethics and Legal Environment (Fraud and Forensic Accounting: Ethics and the Legal Environment)4
Total Credit Hours40


The MPrA program strives to conform to strategic priorities of the Miami Herbert Business School in the following ways:

  • Integrate knowledge from the latest field-based research into classroom discussion so that students better understand financial and managerial decision making in practice and can take a professional leadership role in assessing the standard quantitative tools used in accounting.
  • Recognize the context and implications of the conflicts of interest inherent in the accounting industry in both classroom discussion and extracurricular interaction with local leaders, in order to create principled leaders in the field of accounting.
  • Expose students to the global aspect of the field of accounting through both coursework and interaction with masters-level students in one of the most culturally diverse graduate business schools in the United States.


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply appropriate accounting techniques to a variety of transactions in business.
  • Understand fundamental principles in taxation and basic rules of taxation as set out in Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • Understand the basic principles guiding the design and implementation of accounting information systems with an emphasis on internal controls.