Gwendolyn A. Pate, Ph.D., C.P.A., Director
Amber Hatten, M.P.A., C.P.A.. MPA Program Coordinator
118 College Drive #5096
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Adkins, M. Anderson, Beck, Hatten, S. Jackson, Leach, Parker, Pate, W. R. Smith, R. Wilson
Supporting the missions of the University of Southern Mississippi and the College of Business, the School of Accountancy has its own unique mission.
The School of Accountancy's mission is to provide a quality educational experience for accounting students in the Gulf South region enrolled in the Bachelor's and Master's degree level programs. This educational experience includes mastering technical skills and professional competencies, and extends beyond the classroom to include interacting with the accounting and business community. An integral part of this mission is to prepare students for launching a successful career in the accounting profession.
To accomplish this mission, the SoA strives to produce BSBA graduates who are competent in entry-level business and accounting positions, and have the educational background necessary for advancement in public, corporate, and governmental accounting organizations. The curriculum includes the breadth and depth of business and accounting knowledge as well as the professional skills needed to ensure that graduates of the program possess the competencies necessary to succeed in these organizations.
As the knowledge required to practice accounting is expanding rapidly, qualified students are encouraged to pursue a fifth year of study leading to a Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA). The BSBA curriculum is integrated with the MPA program. MPA graduates are especially prepared for careers in public accounting, and meet the course and credit hour requirements to sit for the nationally administered Certified Public Accountant examination. Enrollment in the school's MPA program is limited to those students who show a high probablility of success.
Admission to the Program
Admission requirements and procedures are the same as for the M.B.A. program with two exceptions: students must submit a GRE or GMAT test score. The likelihood of admission to the MPA program is not impacted by managerial work experience.
Graduation and Retention Standards
Graduation and retention standards for the M.P.A. program are the same as those listed for the M.B.A. program.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirement specified in the front section of this Bulletin.
Integrity Assurance Program (IAP)
All faculty holding Regular or Associate graduate faculty status, must complete CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the CITI training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The IAP policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page – www.usm.edu/graduate-school. Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy of training information.
Plan of Study. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study Form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study Forms are available at www.usm.edu/graduateschool/planofstudy.php - click on the "Plans of Study" link.
ProgramsMaster of Professional Accountancy