Master of Professional Accounting


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Program Description



The MPA is the first AACSB-Accredited Accounting program in the GCC and MENA region. It caters to practicing accountants and managers who have chosen the professional path, and who would like to further their education with a post-graduate degree in accounting. The program covers much wider areas of accounting than any of the other professional accounting certifications that tend to be narrowly specialized. In addition, it develops personal and business competencies (technical and non-technical) of graduates and provides them with an excellent foundation for successful professional careers. The degree will also be a natural route to a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA).

UAEU now ranks #1 in the UAE based on the Times Higher Education Ranking! We are also #5 in the Middle East, #49th in Asia and #70 in the Young University Rankings of 2019.

Program Objectives

  • Communicate effectively in a professional context.
  • Think critically in relation to the analysis and solution of advanced accounting problems.
  • Work individually as well as contribute positively to the functioning of teams as members and leaders.
  • Ethically and socially responsible when making accounting-related decisions.
  • Demonstrate advanced specialized knowledge in accounting and cognate fields when appropriate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a highly developed professional oral presentation of information, criticizing substantively complex matters in accounting accompanied by appropriate technology.
  • Demonstrate abilities to communicate effectively in writing, using information technology to the production of highly developed professional written materials on substantively complex matters in accounting.
  • Apply advanced technologies and techniques (qualitative/quantitative) to the collection and analysis of financial and non-financial information and deriving appropriate decisions in various accounting fields.
  • Critically interpret information, through accurate identification of accounting complex problems, and suggestion of accounting-based innovative solutions.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, and creativity in planning and executing major projects in their work.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in teams, showing leadership and direction, appropriate to complex accounting environment settings.
  • Apply professional standards and codes of conduct at national and international levels.
  • Relate complex ethical issues consistently, reflecting social responsibility, and leading to informed, fair and valid accounting-related decisions.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive advanced knowledge of key concepts across the breadth of accounting topics.
  • Assess contemporary issues in accounting through synthesizing knowledge from accounting and cognate fields when appropriate.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours: minimum of 36 hours

Professional Accounting

Required Courses (24 hours) Credit Hours
ACCT600 Advanced Financial Accounting 3
ACCT615 Advanced Management Accounting 3
ACCT620 Auditing, Accountability and Assurance Services 3
ACCT625 Corporate Governance, Business Ethics, and Control 3
ACCT630 Financial Accounting Standards, Theory, and Policy 3
ACCT635 Financial Statements Analysis 3
ACCT640 Management Control Systems 3
ACCT645 Seminar on Applied Research in Accounting 3
Elective Courses (24 hours) Credit Hours
ACCT661 Accounting in Special Contexts 3
ACCT662 Internal Auditing and Risk-Based Auditing 3
ACCT663 Accounting for Islamic Financial Institutions 3
ACCT664 Legal Environment and Taxation 3
ACCT665 Strategic Management Accounting 3
ACCT666 Selected Topics in Financial Reporting 3
FINC610 Financial Management 3

Bridge Courses

Students whose first degree is not accounting (12 hours) Credit Hours
ACCT500 Elements of Accounting and Finance 3
ACCT505 Financial and Corporate Reporting 3
ACCT510 Management and Cost Accounting 3
MGMT510 Business Environment 3

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

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Last updated November 2019

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