Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School


General Information

Degrees Offered


Master of Professional Accountancy

  • Students with appropriate references, background course work, grade point averages, and graduate entrance exam scores may be admitted upon completion of a 4-year baccalaureate degree program. Students complete a 15 hour core in business that emphasizes ethics, law, international finance, and the accountant's role in business and responsibility to society. Beyond the core, students obtain an 15 hour specialization in either assurance services or taxation.

  • Students develop their critical thinking, research, documentation, and presentation skills to deal with problems that have multiple solutions. Through case based learning, students learn to "think outside the box," developing the ability to identify problems, research and document alternatives, make recommendations, and justify their recommendation.
  • Students receiving the master's degree are well prepared to begin careers in public accounting, or to continue graduate study.
  • Students with the appropiate prerequisites may complete the program within 12 months

Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree from an institution whose scholastic rating is acceptable to the Graduate Admissions Committee of the School of Accountancy and Legal Studies. Admission to the program is based on academic record and score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Letters of recommendation and relevant work experience also may be considered. Applicants should have completed a basic business core of at least 30 credit hours, as well as the following accounting prerequisites: intermediate accounting (at least six credit hours), cost accounting (three credit hours), tax (three credit hours), auditing (three credit hours), and accounting information systems (three credit hours).

About the Program

Mission Statement

Developing professionals through education and research focused on leadership, professional responsibility and ethical behavior, and the accounting, financial, and legal aspects and practices in organizations, economies and societies.


Master of Professional Accountancy graduates will be prepared to begin careers in public accounting, or pursue further graduate study.

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Carl Hollingsworth)

Application Requirements


The admission requirements and process, prerequisites, student reponsibilies, curriculum, course calandar, and course descriptions are detailed in the MPAcc Program Handbook

Application deadlines are set by the Graduate School with earlier deadlines applying to international applicants. An applicant may complete and submit the application on-line from the Graduate School's web site. See the Graduate School's Policies for the deadlines for a particular session. Applicants will be notified by the Graduate School upon acceptance. The Graduate School's on-line application check allows an applicant to monitor application status. 

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Carl Hollingsworth)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Program Coordinator

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