Rutgers University offers undergraduate students a chance to combine
their liberal arts degree with the M.B.A. in professional accounting
(M.B.A.-P.A.) graduate program and earn an M.B.A. in professional accounting
degree with only two additional months of study.
Students complete their undergraduate core and
major requirements during the first three years of their undergraduate
college. The fourth year is completed at Rutgers Business School: Graduate Programs-Newark and New Brunswick where
students are enrolled full-time in the 14-month M.B.A.-P.A. program. The
first two semesters at the graduate school are counted as electives for
completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements. These two semesters
also are counted toward the M.B.A. degree. The M.B.A. is awarded after two
additional semesters at the graduate school. The graduate program is
offered on a trimester basis, so students graduate only two months later
than they would have if they completed their senior year at the
The program has many advantages:
- The tuition costs are lower because students pay undergraduate
tuition and fees for the first two semesters at Rutgers Business School.
- Students qualify to sit for the CPA examination following
graduation, the same qualifying date if a student completed a
baccalaureate degree alone.
- Students can complete three years of liberal arts study, one more
year than is possible if they complete the accounting program as an
- The 150-credit hour educational requirement for the CPA examination is met.
- Students are eligible to apply for paid internships that are a part of the M.B.A.-P.A. program.
Careful planning is required to enter this program at the end of the junior
year and a student should meet with the program director no later than the end
of his or her freshman year. This program is generally not feasible for a
For more information please visit the Dual Degree