Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) Overview

Drs. Dorminey, Riley, and Fleming
Faculty in the Accounting department research ways to modernize and expand the field of accounting, particularly in forensic accounting. From left: Dr. Jack Dorminey, Dr. Scott Fleming, and Dr. Richard Riley

The best way to launch your CPA career

The MPA program at WVU is designed to prepare students to meet challenges they face in launching into a career in public accounting. The structured educational experience of a graduate program broadens and deepens the student's knowledge and skills. Many states, including West Virginia, require 128 hours of formal education before taking the CPA examination and 150 credit hours to be fully certified. Earning a Masters of Professional Accountancy can help students achieve this requirement and begin their careers on solid foundation.

Nationally recognized program of excellence

In addition to the College's AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International accreditation, the Accounting department earned its own accreditation in 1997. This AACSB Accreditation makes WVU's Accounting department one of the top programs in the country. Fewer than 28 percent of all AACSB-accredited schools have an additional accreditation for their MPA program.

Outstanding placement record

The MPA program has an excellent placement record. The big four as well as many other international, national, regional, and local firms actively recruit WVU accounting graduates.