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Graduate Programs

Master of Professional Accountancy - M.P.Ac.

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Mission Statement

The Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.Ac) program is committed to providing an affordable opportunity for students to pursue graduate study in the field of financial planning. The program is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge in all aspects of financial planning and also allows students to qualify to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. For some students, the 30 credit hours obtained, in addition to their undergraduate degree, will allow them to satisfy the state of Rhode Island's 150-hour educational requirement to obtain certification as a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.).

Admission Requirements*

  1. Completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Students entering the program without an accounting background will be required to take a minimum of six hours of accounting principles in addition to their degree coursework.
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  4. Completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). A B.S. degree in accounting from Rhode Island College or the University of Rhode Island, with a 3.00 GPA in the major, will exempt the applicant from the GMAT. Certain certification exams may also exempt the applicant from the GMAT. *International students should contact Dr. Lisa Church at 401-456-9693 for additional admission requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Graduates will be well grounded in all aspects of personal financial planning, including income tax and estate planning, retirement planning, investment allocation and risk management
  • Graduates will have the ability to perform basic research on tax planning issues.
  • Graduates will have the ability to prepare a comprehensive personal financial plan for an individual.
Professional AccountancyM.P.Ac.
with a concentration in Personal Financial Planning

For additional information please contact:

Lisa Church, JD, MST, CPA
MPAc Director
Associate Professor of Accounting
lchurch@ric.edu
(401) 456-9593

Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) in Financial Planning

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed application form accompanied by a fifty dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.00.
  3. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  4. Two courses in financial accounting, macroeconomics, and statistics/quantitative methods.
  5. Completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), with a minimum score of 450.

Retention Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in program course work.

Financial PlanningC.G.S.
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Page last updated: August 5, 2013