Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA)

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 structured educational experience of a graduate program broadens and deepens the student's knowledge and skills. WVU understands that beginning a career is one of a student’s top priorities. The MPA program at WVU is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges they face in launching into a career in public accounting. The WVU Center for Career Development works closely with our MPA students to prepare and position our students throughout the recruiting process.

Passing the CPA exam is a vital step toward a long and successful career in accounting. The MPA curriculum at WVU is integrated with Becker Professional Education and prepares students to pass the CPA exam by graduation. Completing the CPA exam in concert with earning a Master’s degree places our graduates ahead of their peers as they launch their careers.

Many states, including West Virginia, require 150 credit hours to be a licensed CPA. Earning 30 credit hours in the MPA program will satisfy this requirement (given that the student’s undergraduate program consisted of 120 semester hours). Completing the CPA exam and satisfying the 150 hours of credit positions our students to be licensed CPAs after the state’s work experience requirement is satisfied.

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. Fewer than 24 percent of all AACSB-accredited schools have an additional accreditation for their MPA program. This AACSB Accreditation makes WVU's Accounting department one of the top programs in the country.

Outstanding placement record

Many companies actively recruit WVU accounting graduates, including The Big Four, many national, regional, and local public and non-public firms, and organizations such as United Bank, Mylan, and The Department of Defense Inspector General. The MPA program has an excellent placement record with a competitive salary range.