The Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc)


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Gain an edge with a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) from one of the strongest accounting programs in the nation. If you are preparing for the CPA exam, this full-time day program, developed by our accomplished, experienced faculty in collaboration with leaders from top global accounting firms, will set you apart early in your career.

You will develop key professional management skills and the advanced technological know-how to address the challenges of working in and leading teams, developing relationships with clients, and oversee projects effectively.

The program merges the theoretical with the practical, so you can successfully apply what is learned in the classroom. The skills you will learn enable you to make an impact immediately upon graduation and throughout your career. The program complements the technical accounting expertise CPAs need with the communication and project management competence necessary for accounting leadership in any setting.

You also have an option to pursue the MPAc with a tax concentration, designed for students who want to combine advanced accounting courses with additional courses in taxation.

Through Bryant's distance-spanning technology, all MPAc courses are delivered simultaneously in the classroom and online, transforming the classroom into a multimedia center where you and your fellow students can participate, no matter where you are in the world.

The Bryant MPAc Advantage

  • Academic excellence with real-world applicability
  • Flexibility to choose the Bryant MPAc or the Bryant MPAc with a tax concentration
  • A career-changing master’s degree in only two semesters
  • Classes delivered simultaneously in the classroom and online
  • Helps to fulfill the 150 hours of education required for CPA certification


You must have already taken the following courses (You can work with Bryant to  fulfill these prerequisites if needed.)
  • Financial and managerial accounting
  • Two semesters of intermediate accounting
  • Advanced financial accounting
  • Taxation
  • Accounting information systems
  • Auditing
  • Cost management/accounting
The Bryant MPAc is a full-time, 10-course, graduate program designed for accounting graduates. The program can be completed in two semesters and is offered in four tracks: fall/spring; spring/summer; summer/summer; or summer/fall.
In addition to the application form, you will need to submit a statement of objectives, current resume, one professional recommendation, official transcripts from all colleges / universities you have attended, your official score on the GMAT, and your application fee.
You will need to submit your TOEFL score if your native language is not English or if you have not completed a degree from a program taught in English. In addition, your transcripts from colleges / universities outside the U.S. must be translated into English and converted to a 4.0 scale. Finally, if you will be seeking an I-20, you will need to submit a completed International Student Certification of Finances.
The Bryant MPAc program with a tax concentration is designed for students who want to combine advanced accounting courses with additional courses in taxation. This option can be completed full-time in two semesters: Summer/Fall or Summer/Summer. Students who complete an MPAc degree with a concentration in tax may choose to earn a dual degree by successfully completing six additional MST courses to earn a Master of Science in Taxation. To be admitted to the Bryant MPAc program with a tax concentration you must be (or about to become) a graduate of an accredited undergraduate accounting program.

Required: Individual Income Taxation; Sales, Exchanges and Other Dispositions; Corporations and Shareholders; and Partnership Income Tax Problems.

Electives: Advanced Assurance and Professional Oversight; Corporate Governance in the 21st Century; Project Management for Accounting Leadership; Advanced Accounting Information Systems; Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting; Accounting Theory; Multinational Accounting; Research and Communication; Management Control Systems; and Accounting for Income Taxes

All MPAc and MST courses are delivered simultaneously in the classroom and online. Students who are unable to attend class in person can still participate in real-time lectures through a virtual classroom. Classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard;  from there, your professors have the option to access Internet resources and previously prepared documents to share with you. Every MPAc and MST class sessions is recorded and available to all students who attended class when it was originally held. All supporting materials presented during classes are captured in the recording, including professors' lecture notes, resource lists, websites, and business cases.
The College of Business at Bryant University is accredited by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Bryant is one of only 5 percent of colleges and universities in the world to earn this prestigious accreditation.

tuition information for 2016-2017 academic year

MPAc (10 courses)

  • $3,528 per course

Preparing for MPAc Success fee

  • $250

Examples from the MPAc curriculum

Preparing for MPAc Success (weekend bootcamp) Required
Advanced Assurances and Professional Oversight
Corporate Governance in the 21st Century
Project Management for Accounting Leadership
Advanced Accounting Information Systems
Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Accounting Theory
Multinational Accounting
Research and Communication
Management Control Systems
Accounting for Income Taxes

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