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The Nelson Rusche College of Business

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

George L. Hunt, Interim Director
Jack R. Ethridge, Director, Master of Professional Accountancy

McGee 292
(936) 468-3105
Fax: (936) 468-1482


The mission of the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy is to provide educational processes that enable students to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills for successful careers in the accounting profession and allow students in related disciplines to obtain a basic understanding of accounting.


The School of Accountancy offers an integrated Master of Professional Accountancy degree program, a Stand Alone M.P.A. Program, and offers courses that support the M.B.A. degree. The overall objective of the school is to provide an academic program that enables students to prepare for entry into the profession of accountancy. The curriculum is intended to increase the student’s understanding of accounting and to be responsive to the changing requirements of the accounting profession.

The M.P.A./B.B.A. program leads to a Master of Professional Accountancy degree for those who are primarily interested in pursuing a career in professional accounting. The program contains 156 hours of course credit and complies with all the educational requirements for those who wish to take the CPA exam. A bachelor’s degree is awarded simultaneously with the M.P.A. The five-year degree program covers concepts of financial accounting, managerial accounting and information systems for accounting and management. These subjects make up the core of the accounting curriculum. Students also gain critical knowledge in the areas of auditing and taxation.

The Stand Alone M.P.A. program has a 36 semester hour core. Leveling courses cover the common body of accounting knowledge that would normally be found in an undergraduate curriculum. The following 33 semester hours are included: ACC 231, ACC 232, ACC 331, ACC 332, ACC 333, ACC 343, ACC 437, ACC 465, ECO 231 or 232, FIN 333 and MTH 220 or ECO 339. Depending on the student’s background, some or all of the leveling courses may be waived by the M.P.A. director. For a course to be waived, the student must normally have completed comparable undergraduate or graduate business coursework from a regionally accredited university with grades of B or better within the last five years. The Stand Alone program contains the same 36 graduate hours described above.

Graduate Faculty
  • Jack R. Ethridge, Ph.D., University of Arkansas, Financial Accounting and Auditing
  • Treba A. Marsh, D.B.A., Louisiana Tech University, Financial Accounting and Governmental Accounting
  • Violet C. Rogers, Ph.D., University of North Texas, Financial Accounting and Legal
Associate Professor
  • George L. Hunt, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, Internal Auditing
Assistant Professors
  • Kelly Noe, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio, Accounting Research
  • Nicki Shoemaker, ABD, University of North Texas, Managerial Accounting
  • Dale Spradling Ph.D., University of Houston, Managerial and Tax Accounting