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Mississippi State’s Adkerson School of Accountancy delivers online graduate classes that parallel on-campus classes, leading to the same graduate degrees in accountancy. Taught by MS State faculty, who have won awards for their innovative teaching, both the Online Master of Professional Accountancy and Online Master of Taxation programs maintain supplemental accounting accreditation from AACSB International.

The Adkerson School of Accountancy combines general, broad business and accounting education into a specialized curriculum designed to meet the greater demand for accountants, stemming from developments in information technology, increasingly

complicated taxation and governmental control measures, and a growing awareness of the need for accurate control methods in existing businesses. The Master of Professional Accountancy and Master of Taxation programs prepare students for new CPA exam and for positions in public, private, or governmental accounting. The Adkerson School of Accountancy updated its curricula to emphasize technology skills relevant to data analytics and to give students the tools needed to remain at the forefront of the accounting profession. The changes include integrating data analytics content into current courses, adding a data analytics course, and providing a concentration in accounting data analytics available to students completing either program.

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AACSB Accredits the Best Business Schools in the World

The Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy, housed in MSU’s College of Business, maintains supplemental accounting accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the world’s largest business education network and longest-serving accrediting body for business schools with undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate programs at the Adkerson School of Accountancy is competitive. We expect to receive more applications than we have the capacity to accommodate in our programs. A committee of faculty members from the Adkerson School of Accountancy will review applications. A student applying to the Adkerson School of Accountancy for the Master of Professional Accountancy or the Master of Taxation must meet the following requirements for their application to be reviewed for admission:

  • Submit Application
  • A 3.0 GPA or above on all course work or the last 60 hours of courses attempted.
  • A 3.0 GPA or above in all Accounting classes.
  • Hold a four-year, regionally accredited (SACS, NCACS, NEACS, etc.) bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a Green Card holder (Permanent Resident) and have either a USA or APO address
  • Completion of the following prerequisites or the equivalent in a curriculum emphasizing Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as pronounced by the Financial Accounting Standards Board:
    • ACC 3003 Accounting Information Systems I
    • ACC 3013 Cost Accounting
    • ACC 3023 Intermediate Accounting I
    • ACC 3033 Intermediate Accounting II
    • ACC 4013 Income Tax
    • ACC 4033 Auditing
  • Completion of the following prerequisites or the equivalent:
    • BL 2413 Legal Environment of Business
    • EC 2113 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • EC 2123 Principles of Microeconomics
    • FIN 3123 Financial Management
    • A course demonstrating computer literacy
    • A course demonstrating written communication skills

Have questions about whether or not your courses meet the requirements of prerequisites? Request Information above and your online coordinator will be in touch.


About Us

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Our online graduate programs in the Adkerson School of Accountancy offer professionals the opportunity to learn from anywhere. The faculty teaching in this program are the same professors who teach on campus and take the time to make sure that you are getting the same great content available to students in Starkville.

Scott Grawe
Dean of the College of Business

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We believe there is significant interest from students who cannot come to campus to complete the graduate accounting or taxation programs for a variety of reasons. The Adkerson School of Accountancy is at the forefront of re-envisioning how graduate accounting education is delivered.

Shawn Mauldin
Director of the Adkerson School of Accountancy