Patterson School of Accountancy

University of Mississippi

Master Degree Programs

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

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For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer McClure, Director of Master’s Programs, at

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.

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 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.

Admission Requirements

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

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.

Academic Progress

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.


Dr. Dale L. Flesher, Professor of Accountancy, Associate Dean and Holder of Roland and Sheryl Burns Chair

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Dr. Dale L. Flesher is professor and Holder of the Roland and Sheryl Burns Chair in the School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi, and serves as associate dean of the School of Accountancy. Dr. Flesher joined the Ole Miss faculty in 1977, following four years at Appalachian State University. He received both bachelors and masters degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Flesher holds CPA, CIA, CMA, CFM, CFE, and CGFM certificates. He has authored over 300 articles for more than 100 different professional journals throughout the world, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accountancy, Management Accounting, Internal Auditing, Internal Auditor, The CPA Journal, Government Accountants Journal, Managerial Auditing Journal, Taxation for Accountants, TAXES, The Accounting Historians Journal, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting, Business and Financial History, Business and Economic History, and Accounting, Organizations and Society. He is also the author of 50 books in 87 editions, including Operations Auditing in Hospitals, Internal Auditing Standards and Practices, Independent Auditors Guide to Operational Auditing, Introduction to Financial Accounting, CMA Examination Review (with Irv Gleim), and the 50th anniversary history of The Institute of Internal Auditors and the 75th anniversary history of the American Accounting Association. He also authored books on the history of AACSB and NASBA. He has had five tax books published by Commerce Clearing House. One of his recent books was a history of the accountancy program at Ole Miss.

Dr. Flesher is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Institute of CPAs, Mississippi Society of CPAs, American Taxation Association, Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Government Accountants, Institute of Management Accountants, American Accounting Association, Newcomen Society, Mississippi Historical Society, and the Academy of Accounting Historians (which he served as international president in 1988). Dr. Flesher has served as editor of The Accounting Historians Journal, a position he held from 1989 through 1994. He previously edited The Accounting Historians Notebook for ten years. Dr. Flesher has won numerous research and teaching awards. In 1987, he won the University of Mississippi’s Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award as the outstanding faculty member campus wide. Earlier, in 1976, he won the campus wide outstanding teacher of the year award from Appalachian State University. He won the 1990 Leon Radde Award from the Institute of Internal Auditors as the outstanding auditing educator worldwide. He was the Mississippi Society of CPAs 1998 Educator of the Year. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. In 2005, he received the inaugural Thomas J. Burns Accounting Biography Award. He received four major awards in 2011. The AICPA honored Dr. Flesher with its Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award for his lifetime contributions to the accounting profession. The University of Mississippi gave Dr. Flesher its highest research honor, the Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award, for the many scholarly achievements during his long career. He was also selected by the American Accounting Association as the Outstanding Educator in the Southeast Region, and by the Emerald Literati Network for an outstanding book published in 2010 entitled Gerhard G. Mueller: Father of International Accounting Education. In 2012, he was honored by the Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Section of the American Accounting Association with that organization’s Hall of Honor Award.

One of his books and many articles have been translated into Chinese by a publisher in the People’s Republic of China. He previously served on an AICPA task force that drafted a Statement of Position. In 1996, he served on an AICPA task force coordinating the centennial celebration of the CPA examination. As part of the CPA centennial celebration, he co-produced and scripted an award-winning video on the history of the CPA in America. He was the Convener and Program Director for the 2004 World Congress of Accounting Historians. He has served on the Board of Directors of the AICPA Foundation and on the AICPA Council. He served as program co-chairman for the 2008 American Accounting Association annual meeting in Anaheim. He is serving on the Advisory Committee for the Celebration of the AICPA’s 125th Anniversary. He is serving as vice president of finance for the American Accounting Association (2011-2014).
Dr. Flesher served as treasurer of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church in Oxford from 1985 to 2004. He also serves as treasurer of the University’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honorary. He served nine years (1992-1997, 1998-2002) on the school board of Oxford-University School, a local private school. Besides his 45 years teaching experience, Dr. Flesher had short stints with Arthur Andersen & Co. in New Orleans, a local CPA firm in Muncie, Indiana, and Anaconda Corporation in Marion, Indiana. His hobbies include playing basketball, tennis, and softball, and collecting antique stock certificates (scripophily). His wife Tonya, also an Ole Miss Accountancy professor, was the MSCPA’s Outstanding Educator in 1995. They have a 30-year old son, Flyn, and a 19-year-old daughter, Felicity.

Dr. Dale L. Flesher’s Research

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