Degrees Offered


The School of Accountancy and Finance offers a one-year 30 hour master program with an integrated CPA review.

The goal is to prepare our students for careers in public/private accounting with a focus on students who want to obtain certification as a Certified Public Accountant.

In our opinion, what makes Clemson different from other schools is how we structure our program. Unlike most programs where students take all their coursework in the fall and spring semesters and are left to deal with the CPA exam on their own in the summer, we strategically spread our coursework out over the fall, spring and summer sessions allowing our student cohort group to take each of the four sections of the Becker CPA review during the program. The intent is for our students to immediately sit for each part of the CPA exam as they complete the respective section of review. We believe this structure provides the students with not only the technical skills they need via our coursework, but the support of a structured CPA review that is taken with a supportive cohort of students all working toward the goal of passing the CPA exam.

Additionally,students have the opportunity to participate in our Fall Break in Europe program. The program is open to 20 Clemson University MPAcc students. This is an exciting program that provides our students with the opportunity to visit London, Paris, and Brussels over Fall Break.  During the trip, students will visit organizations such as Deloitte, the IASB,  the OECD, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, and the EU Commission and Parliament. This is an optional study abroad opportunity and carries an additional cost. 

This is all accomplished from our new home in the ONE building in downtown Greenville. Our location strategically places our faculty and students at the center of the region’s most dynamic business location and allows students the opportunity to network with members of the business community in a variety of college-sponsored events and to actively participate in local professional organizations.

More information on the admission requirements and process, prerequisites, curriculum, course calendar, and course descriptions are detailed in the MPAcc Handbook and the program’s website.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The MPAcc Program at Clemson University is a one year program that requires 30 hours of graduate coursework. While the MPAcc program is designed as a full-time program and most of the students attend on a full-time basis, we do have students complete the program on a part-time basis. The required graduate accounting and tax courses are offered between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. We do not currently offer on-line courses.

The current MPAcc Curriculum consists of 8 Core Courses (24 credit hours), two Specialization Courses (6 credit hours) and four no credit CPA Review Courses. A general overview of the MPAcc curriculum is provided below. More Information can be found in the MPAcc Handbook.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

12 Hours Coursework

12 Hours Coursework

6 Hours Coursework


and CPA Review*

and CPA Review*


  • Tax Research
  • Ethical, Professional and Societal Responsibilities
  • Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Financial Theory & Research
  • Advanced Accounting Problems
  • Law for Professional Accountants
  • Federal & State Income Taxation of Corporations
  • State, Local & Advanced Topics in Taxation


  • Forensics & Analysis
  • International & Special Topics in Taxation
  • Taxation of Flow through Entities
  • Financial Auditing

 Exam Review *

  • Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
  • Financial (FIN)
  • Auditing (AUD)
  • Regulation (REG)

 * Students take the four no credit CPA review courses in sequence (BEC, FIN, AUD, and REG) starting in Spring semester. The intent is for our students to sit for each part of the CPA exam as they complete the respective section of review.



Application Information

We currently accept new applicants in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students entering our program should have a four-year baccalaureate degree. Additionally, should have completed 30 semester hours in the business and 18 (or 21) semester hours of upper division accounting prior to enrollment in our program. The business core includes but is not limited to principles of accounting, business law, economics, finance, management, and marketing. The 18 (or 21) semester hours of upper division accounting 18 (or 21) semester hours of upper division accounting include intermediate accounting (6 or 9 hours), accounting information systems, auditing, cost/managerial accounting, and individual income tax.

We have rolling admissions and may admit students until shortly before the start of classes or until program reaches capacity. Our initial deadline is December 31st for fall admissions and September 30th for spring admissions.  Admissions after December 31st and September 30th will be considered on a space available basis.  Applicants seeking merit based financial awards (assistantships and/or fellowships) must apply by December 31st for fall admissions and September 30th for spring admissions.

Required Documents


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 Contact(s)

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