College of Business
Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc)

What Employers Say

Jason MyersAt BKD, we believe unmatched client service is the differentiator when selecting a CPA firm and this level of understanding by our firm personnel requires a highly educated and well-rounded professional. These core competencies are acquired, refined and perfected through the Butler MPAcc degree and certification, further supported by BKD's commitment to providing scholarships to these highly trained and sought after accounting students.

Jason A. Myers, Manager, BKD LLP

Jerry WileyI believe that there is tremendous value to an advanced graduate degree and believe that students who work toward this degree will be well-positioned for a career in accounting - and be a step ahead when they start. I consider the MPAcc degree to be a significant positive indictor when evaluating candidates. The commitment to pursue the degree and the benefits of the additional education are key indications of drive and the ability to step into a role and be an early contributor.

At Deloitte, we look for professional development from the consultant level throughout a career that may lead to partner. Additional education is another development tool for the professional to gain experience, perspective and maturity that will suit them well for future progression.

Jerry A. Wiley, Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP

Chris PohlAs an employer, I look to hire accounting graduates with CPA certification or those prepared to sit for the exam. Seeing this on a resume signals a candidate who is serious about their future.

These graduates demonstrate an unmatched dedication to their chosen discipline and commitment to their profession, not to mention an ability to hit the ground running without the distraction of additional classes needed to qualify for the exam.  Further, when I look to promote accountants on our team a CPA is essential.

Christopher D. Pohl, V.P. Financial Operations, OneAmerica

Arnold HanishCPA certification is important for a financial career at Lilly. Beyond the professional importance of the certification, the real value comes from the continuing education requirements to maintain certification and the ongoing learning that results.

Arnold C. Hanish, Vice President-Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, Eli Lilly and Company


When making hiring decisions, I look for accountants that are CPA certified. These individuals have demonstrated that they have a greater aptitude to understand different aspects of accounting, including financial accounting, tax, auditing, accounting-related law and business environments.

Andy Giesler '00 MBA '04, Vice President of Finance, hhgregg