14:23 PM

UHD Launches Master of Professional Accountancy Program

New Program Based in Marilyn Davies College of Business


By Mark Kramer

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Marilyn Davies College of Business is launching a new Master of Professional Accountancy program this fall with the goal of meeting the growing need for professionals with Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certifications and graduate degrees.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for accountants and auditors is expected to increase by six percent between now and 2028. A BLS survey also showed Houston has the highest median wage for accountants ($86,188 per annum) of any city in Texas.

“The Marilyn Davies College of Business recognizes the need to train the next generation of accountants,” said Dean Dr. Charles Gengler. We are dedicated to the professional success of our students and seeing them have rewarding careers and becoming a part of the ever-growing Houston workforce.”

Courses will be conducted online and students will gain expertise in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and taxation. The courses will be taught by faculty and industrial professionals. 

“This program is going to be attractive to students because it is laser-focused on giving students the background they need to take the CPA exam,” said Dr. Cathy Zishang Liu, Department Chair of Accounting and International Business. “We will provide the best instruction possible to provide students with the skills that are imperative for tomorrow’s leaders.”

In addition, Liu said Dean Gengler is working with Houston-area accounting professionals to garner support for additional internships and full-time opportunities for UHD students.

“Student surveys have indicated a high level of excitement toward the graduate level accountancy offerings,” Liu added. “This program will complement our MBA program well and we believe it will grow rapidly.”

For more details about the Master in Professional Accountancy Program and admissions requirements, visit the website.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.