Master Degree Programs
We offer four master’s programs: Master of Accountancy, Master of Taxation, Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics, and Master of Taxation and Data Analytics.
Our master degree programs:
- Include 30 semester hours (10 three-hour courses) taken over a calendar year
- 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 a structured environment in which to study as they sit for the exam
- Give students opportunities to develop data analytics skills and critical thinking skills
- Connect students with professionals in the field through events and internships
- Prepare students to obtain professional positions and achieve career success in the field of accountancy
For more information, please contact Jennifer Lea McClure, Director of Master’s Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted by the Graduate School.
Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended and a GMAT score are required to complete the application process.
The Patterson School of Accountancy does not require resumes, letters of recommendation, or statements of purpose.
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 are accredited by AACSB International, 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 are not accredited by the 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.
Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may be considered for admission in another category.
- Fall Semester: August 1*
- Spring Semester: December 1
- Summer Terms: May 1* (Summer terms include May Intersession, First Summer Term, Second Summer Term, Full Summer Term, and August Intersession.)
*The priority deadline to be considered for Patterson School of Accountancy graduate assistantships for fall and spring semester is April 1.
Financial aid information is available on the graduate school website.
Master of Accountancy
The Master of Accountancy degree is 30 semester hours (10 three credit hour courses). The four required courses include Corporate Income Tax, Financial Accounting Theory and Analytics, Managerial Accounting and Business Intelligence, and Auditing Seminar. In addition, four courses are accountancy elective and two courses are nonaccountancy electives.
Master of Taxation
The Master of Taxation degree is 30 semester hours (10 three credit hour courses). The five required courses include Corporate Income Tax, Financial Accounting Theory and Analytics, Managerial Accounting and Business Intelligence, Auditing Seminar, and Tax Research Seminar. In addition, two courses are taxation electives, two courses are accountancy electives, and one course is a nonaccountancy elective.
Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics (MADA)
The Master of Accountancy and Data Analytics degree was launched in fall 2018 and is 30 semester hours (10 three credit hour courses). The five required accountancy courses include Corporate Income Tax, Financial Accounting Theory and Analytics, Managerial Accounting and Business Intelligence, Auditing Seminar, and Internal Auditing. The three required systems and data analytics courses are Data Modeling, Mining and Visualization for Accounting and Taxation, Accounting Information Processes and Analytics, and Current Topics in Accounting Information Systems and Analytics. Two courses are electives and include master’s level courses with the ACCY prefix.
Master of Taxation and Data Analytics (MTDA)
The Master of Taxation and Data Analytics degree was launched in fall 2018 and is 30 semester hours (10 three credit hour courses). The two required accountancy courses are Financial Accounting Theory and Analytics and Auditing Seminar. The three required taxation courses are Corporate Income Tax, Contemporary Taxation (a multijurisdictional tax course), and Tax Research. The three required systems and data analytics courses are Data Modeling, Mining and Visualization for Accounting and Taxation, Accounting Information Processes and Analytics, and Current Topics in Accounting Information Systems and Analytics. Two courses are electives and include master’s level courses with the ACCY prefix. One of those must be a taxation course.
KPMG Master’s Programs
The University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy is one of a select few top accounting programs nationally partnering with KPMG in delivering graduate education in data analytics. The KPMG Master’s Programs in Data Analytics are integrated as part of the MADA and MTDA degrees at Ole Miss.
Concurrent J.D. & Master’s Programs
The Patterson School of Accountancy, the School of Law, and the Graduate School jointly offer programs for students who desire training in law and accountancy. Students pursuing one of these programs can meet requirements for two degrees simultaneously and are able to earn Master of Taxation or Master of Accountancy along with Juris Doctorate degrees in a shorter length of time than would be the case if each degree were pursued separately. In general, certain courses are used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for both degrees. Visit the School of Law website for additional information.
Dr. Dale L. Flesher, Professor of Accountancy, Associate Dean and Holder of Roland and Sheryl Burns Chair
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.