New Graduate Program in Accounting Starts in August

July 16, 2012

Dr. Passard Dean teaching an accounting class at University Campus

Dr. Passard Dean teaching an accounting class at University Campus

The Donald R. Tapia School of Business has added the Master of Accounting degree to its graduate program offerings*, beginning in August either online or full-time at the traditional University Campus in east Pasco County, FL.

The 30-credit hour program prepares students for the two professional licensing examinations in the field of accounting, the Certified Public Accountant examination and the Certified Management Accountant examination. Equipped with successful examination results and the knowledge gained in the 10-course curriculum, graduates will be able to pursue careers in major public accounting firms, in small businesses or large corporations, or in the nonprofit or government sector.

The new program is structured at University Campus in a full-time format so that students can complete the program in one year by taking five courses in the fall semester, and five courses in the spring. Classes will be held in the new home of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, an ultramodern structure opened in the Fall 2011, equipped with the most advanced educational technology available.

Alternatively, students who study online will take courses in an accelerated, eight-week format, taking up to two courses at a time. Students will be able to switch from the full-time program to the online option if employment opportunities or family circumstances change in a way that makes the online option more favorable.

Admission requirements to the program include a bachelor’s degree in accounting from a regionally accredited university, or a bachelor’s degree plus the completion of prerequisite courses in accounting, and a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Further information on requirements and the application process is available by calling (800) 707-8846, or by emailing

Prospective students may also inquire about Saint Leo’s popular Master of Business Administration degree, which is offered with several different career specialization options.

*Pending approval by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.