Patterson School of Accountancy master’s programs are designed to provide a fifth year of accounting education that prepares graduates for careers in professional accounting and in other business fields. As a master’s student, you will not only enhance your knowledge in the field of accounting but will also develop critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills that will set you apart from your peers as you begin your career. The analytical work that you will do in the master’s program will give you skills to dig deeper into data analysis, allowing you to use that analysis to interpret results and, more importantly, transform those results into usable information for decision making.
We offer four master’s programs: Master of Accountancy, Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics, Master of Taxation, and Master of Taxation & Data Analytics.
Through our partnership with the School of Law, we offer concurrent Juris Doctor/Master of Accountancy and Juris Doctor/Master of Taxation programs that allow students to take courses that provide credit for both degrees. Students participating in concurrent degree programs must be admitted by both the School of Law and the Graduate School/Patterson School of Accountancy.
Our master degree programs:
- Include 30 semester hours (10 three-hour courses) taken over approximately 10-12 months
- Provide students with a comprehensive education in accountancy and, if desired, specialization in an area of interest
- Offer a three-credit-hour CPA review course that gives students high-quality exam preparation and the opportunity to sit for each part of the CPA exam
- Connect students with professionals in the field through events and internships
For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer McClure, Director of Master’s Programs, at email@example.com.
Master of Accountancy
The Master of Accountancy program offers broad graduate-level accounting education with four required accountancy and taxation courses, four accountancy electives, and two non-accountancy electives, allowing students to tailor the program to their specific interests and career goals. While there are no required data analytics courses, students will gain knowledge of data analytics in some required coursework.
Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics
The Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics program offers specialization in data analytics paired with broad graduate-level accounting education. In this program, students are prepared for careers in the data age as they gain hands-on experience in data analytics and cutting-edge technologies. The program requires five accountancy and taxation courses, three data analytics courses, and two accountancy electives.
Master of Taxation
The Master of Taxation program offers graduate-level accounting education for students who plan to pursue careers in taxation. Students take five required accountancy and taxation courses, two taxation electives, two accountancy electives, and one non-accountancy elective to complete this program. While there are no required data analytics courses, students will gain knowledge of data analytics in some required coursework.
Master of Taxation & Data Analytics
The Master of Taxation & Data Analytics program offers specialization in both taxation and data analytics. Students in this program are given many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in data analytics and the latest relevant technologies. The program includes five accountancy and taxation courses, three data analytics courses, one taxation elective, and one accountancy elective.
KPMG-Sponsored Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics and Master of Taxation & Data Analytics
The Patterson School of Accountancy is part of a select group of top accounting programs in the nation that are partnering with KPMG, a global leader in audit, tax, and advisory services, to deliver graduate education in data analytics. Through this partnership, the Patterson School of Accountancy launched the Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics (MADA) and Master of Taxation & Data Analytics (MTDA) programs in Fall 2018. Students who are selected for KPMG sponsorship of their master’s studies complete the ten required courses for their MADA or MTDA programs, including a data analytics internship with KPMG during spring semester.
- KPMG-Sponsored Master of Accountancy & Data Analytics Degree Requirements
- KPMG-Sponsored Master of Taxation & Data Analytics Degree Requirements
Information on applying for KPMG sponsorship is available on the KPMG website. The application process begins each spring for programs to begin in the summer of the following calendar year.
Applying for a Master’s Program
You may submit your application up to a year in advance of the time at which you plan to begin your master’s studies.
Applications are accepted by the Graduate School. During the application process, you will enter basic information, choose your starting term for the program, and pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee.
In choosing your starting term, you’ll want to keep in mind that the master’s program takes approximately 10-12 months to complete. Students take courses in fall and spring semesters as well as summer terms. The following starting terms are available as options in the application process: Fall Semester, Spring Semester (includes Winter Intersession), May Intersession, Full Summer Term (includes First Summer Term and Second Summer Term), and August Intersession.
Deadlines to apply for our master’s programs are:
- April 1 – priority deadline to apply for summer or fall in order to be considered for a Patterson School of Accountancy graduate assistantship
- May 1 – deadline to apply for all summer terms (May intersession, first summer term, second summer term, full summer term, August intersession)
- August 1 – deadline to apply for fall semester
- December 1 – deadline to apply for spring semester (includes winter intersession).
Your official transcript and official GMAT score are required to complete your application. If you are an Ole Miss undergraduate, your transcript will automatically be uploaded to your application. If you are attending a school other than Ole Miss for undergraduate, your official transcript should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You do not need to send junior or community college transcripts. You only need to send your GMAT score to one program. The Patterson School of Accountancy will have your score on file even if you choose to apply for a program other than the one for which you chose to send your score.
Requirements for full admission to a master’s program include a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GMAT score of 450.
For students who have earned or are earning bachelor degrees in accountancy from accounting programs that have separate accounting accreditation by AACSB International, including the University of Mississippi, completion of Income Tax I and Auditing (or equivalent courses) with grades of C or above is also required.
For students who have earned or are earning bachelor degrees in accountancy from accounting programs that do not have separate accounting accreditation by AACSB or who have earned or are earning bachelor degrees in other fields of study, successful completion of these undergraduate courses is also required: Financial (Intermediate) Accounting I and II, Cost Control, Auditing (grade of C or higher required), Income Tax I (grade of C or higher required), Business Law, Principles of Economics I and II, Economic Statistics I and II, Legal Environment of Business, Management Principles, Marketing Principles, Business Calculus, and Business Finance.
If not available at the student’s undergraduate institution, these courses may be taken at the University of Mississippi.
Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may be considered for admission in another category.
Financial aid for graduate students includes graduate assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and loans. Information on financial aid for graduate students is available on the Graduate School website.
Tuition information is available on the Office of the Bursar website. When using the tuition estimator, be sure to view the tuition amount for graduate students in accountancy programs, which is slightly higher than regular graduate tuition. Residency information is also available on the Office of the Bursar website.
A cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (with no rounding up) is required to remain in good academic standing and to graduate from the program.