• Master of Arts in Accounting

    Building on our successful undergraduate accounting major, the Master of Arts in Accounting program at Hendrix provides the technical, theoretical, and interpersonal skills that today's students need for successful careers in industry, public accounting, not-for-profit organizations, financial institutions, governmental organizations, education, and consulting.

  • About the Program

    Our program prepares students to sit for the Arkansas CPA examination and may enable graduates to waive certain MBA and other graduate program courses.

    With a broad perspective beyond traditional accounting, our program includes learning opportunities in economics, statistics, finance, and law.  Our courses develop and enhance quantitative problem-solving and decision-making skills, while extensive use of computer applications, business simulations, and real-world data prepares students for the rigorous requirements of the business world. Small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio provide individualized and specialized instruction.

  • Admission Requirements

    Completion of a bachelor's degree with a major in Accounting, Economics, or Economics and Business is required for admission to the master's program.

    Recommended undergraduate course preparation includes:

    • Accounting Principles I & II
    • Business Statistics
    • Calculus I
    • Corporate Finance
    • Macroeconomics
    • Microeconomics

    At least three upper-level Accounting courses such as:

    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Auditing
    • Cost Accounting
    • Federal Tax Accounting
    • Intermediate Accounting I & II

    At least two upper-level Economics courses such as:

    • Advanced Macroeconomics
    • Advanced Microeconomics
    • Econometrics and Forecasting
    • Economic Research
    • International Economics
    • Money, Banking, and Credit

    Because CPA exam requirements vary by state, students should be informed of the prerequisites required by the state in which they plan to take the exam. The state of Arkansas requires 150 semester hours for licensure. The Hendrix M.A. in Accounting program will provide 32 semester hours toward that total. See the State of Arkansas CPA exam prerequisites at www.asbpa.arkansas.gov .

  • Our Graduates

    Our program prepares graduates for professional accounting positions and advanced degree programs

    Employment Opportunities

    Our graduates have a high success rate on the CPA examination and securing job opportunities with companies such as:

    • Acxiom
    • Anheuser-Busch InBev
    • Arkansas Department of Finance
    • Baptist Health
    • BKD
    • Central Arkansas Transit Authority
    • Circumference Group
    • Deloitte
    • Dillard's
    • Easter Seals
    • EGP, PLLC
    • Ernst & Young
    • Federal Reserve Bank and Administration
    • FIS
    • Frost, PLLC
    • Hudson, Cisne & Co. LLP

    • Internal Revenue Service
    • J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
    • JPMS Cox
    • KPMG
    • Mann, Hasson & Co., P.A.
    • Metropolitan National Bank
    • Moore Stephens Frost
    • Murphy Oil Company
    • Pattillo, Brown & Hill, LLP
    • Peace Corps
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Rose Law Firm
    • Southwestern Energy
    • Stephens Inc.
    • Thomas & Thomas, LLP
    • Tyson
    • Wal-Mart
    • Weaver
    • Windstream Communications

    Graduate Program Opportunities

    Our alumni have also earned graduate and law degrees from renowned schools including:

    • Boston College
    • Harvard University
    • Stanford University
    • Texas A&M University
    • Tulane University
    • University of Arkansas School of Law
    • University of Chicago
    • University of Oklahoma College of Law
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Washington University
    • William H. Bowen School of Law
    • Yale University
  • How to Apply

    To apply you will need to submit the following items:

    • Application for admission .
    • Official transcripts from each and all colleges or universities attended. (Hendrix students do not need to send Hendrix transcript.)
    • Dean of Student Affairs Recommendation (waived for Hendrix students).
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation or recommendation forms . (Hendrix students only need two (2) recommendations.)
    • An official copy of your GMAT scores sent directly from Educational Testing Service (waived for Hendrix students).
    • Application fee of $50 payable to Hendrix College (waived for Hendrix students).

    Items should be emailed to Dr. Lyle Rupert at rupert@hendrix.edu or mailed to:

    Dr. Lyle Rupert
    Hendrix College
    1600 Washington Avenue
    Conway, Arkansas 72032

    Admission preference will be given to applicants who submit their applications prior to February 15.


    Campus Visits

    We highly recommended a campus visit. It provides the opportunity to talk with current students and faculty, visit a class, and tour the campus. Campus visits should be scheduled at least one week in advance. Please contact Dr. Lyle Rupert at 501-450-1237 or rupert@hendrix.edu to schedule a visit.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Rupert at (501) 450-1237 or rupert@hendrix.edu .

  • Transfer Credits

    Transfer credit for graduate courses can be accepted subject to the following conditions and restrictions:

    • Courses offered for transfer must be taken at an accredited institution.
    • The courses must be comparable in academic quality to Hendrix courses.
    • Transfer credit will be considered only for courses in which the grade of "C" or better is recorded.
    • Credit or Pass grades will not be accepted in transfer.
    • If a course is accepted for credit, it will be counted as "transfer credit." No grade points from such transfer courses will be calculated in the Hendrix grade point average.
    • No more than two graduate courses may be transferred.
    • Hendrix baccalaureates who obtain special permission may take a maximum of two courses at the 500 level for later use in the master's program.
    • Correspondence school transfer work is not accepted.

    More details about transfer credits can
    be obtained from the Hendrix College catalog.

  • Master of Arts in Accounting Faculty

    Bergfield, Gina
    Gina E. Bergfeld, 2015- Assistant Professor of Economics and Business B.A., Hendrix College, 2003
    M.A., Hendrix College, 2004
    C.P.A., Arkansas, 2006
    Hardin, Tom
    Tom Hardin Adjunct in Business B.S., Purdue University, 1972
    J.D., University of Arkansas, 1980
    Leonard, Megan
    Megan Leonard, 2008- Associate Professor of Economics and Business B.A., Hendrix College, 2002
    Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2007
    Looney, Hillary
    Hillary Looney, 2015- Assistant Professor of Economics and Business B.A., Hendrix College, 1996
    M.A., Hendrix College, 2003
    C.P.A., Arkansas, 2005
    Rupert, Lyle
    Lyle M. Rupert, 1987- C. Louis and Charlotte Cabe Distinguished Professor of Economics and BusinessChair, Department of Economics and Business B.A., Hendrix College, 1982
    M.B.A., University of Chicago, 1985
    Ph.D., University of Central Arkansas, 2015
    C.P.A., Illinois, 1985
    Scott, Ralph
    Ralph D. Scott, 1979- Professor of Economics and Business B.A., Hendrix College, 1973
    Ph.D., Tulane University, 1983
    Stanley, Tom
    Tom D. Stanley, 1986- Julia Mobley Odyssey Professor of Economics and Business B.S.I.M., University of Akron, 1972
    M.A., Kent State University, 1973
    M.S., Purdue University, 1980
    Ph.D., Purdue University, 1982
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