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MS in Accounting Curriculum

Depending on prior education, students complete from 30-37.5 graduate credit hours that must include a minimum of 15 credit hours in graduate accounting courses.

Students entering the program with an undergraduate accounting degree typically satisfy the minimum 30 credit hour degree requirement by completing 15 credit hours in graduate accounting courses and 15 credit hours in graduate elective courses. Elective courses may be used either to develop complementary expertise in a related field such as finance or information technology, or to specialize in taxation or in financial accounting and assurance.

Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees may be required to complete up to a maximum of 37.5 credit hours that include foundation courses in economics, finance, and applied statistics or additional accounting courses.

Academic advising and individualized program planning are critical steps in ensuring that students get the most from the MSA program. Upon admission, students will consult with the program director to design an approved program of study that meets both overall program goals and individual academic and professional objectives.

Program Length

The program may be completed full-time within one calendar year or part-time within three years.


Business Foundation Courses

Students who have not previously completed the following business foundation courses (or their equivalent) must take them as part of the MSA program: 

Financial Accounting
Management Accounting
Applied Managerial Statistics
Financial Management
Managerial Economics

Students with undergraduate degrees from AACSB-accredited business programs are presumed to have satisfied the business foundation course requirements. All or part of these requirements may be waived for others who have completed comparable courses in accounting, economics, finance, and/or statistics.

Core Accounting Courses

Between prior coursework and the MSA program students must complete 27 credit hours including the following accounting courses or their equivalent:

Business Law
Contemporary Assurance and Audit Services
Corporate Financial Reporting: Operations
Corporate Financial Reporting: Financial Transactions
Cost Accounting for Strategic Management
Seminar in Accounting Theory
Tax Planning for Individuals and Business Enterprises

Elective Courses

Beyond the foundation and core accounting courses students must complete up to 15 additional credit hours in graduate accounting, business, or other elective courses, depending on previous educational background. 

Graduate accounting courses that satisfy this requirement include:

Accounting Information Systems
Accounting Research and Communication
Advanced Auditing and Professional Practice
Advanced Business Law
Advanced Financial Reporting
Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting
Ethics in Business and Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Forensic Accounting: Fraud Examination & Litigation Support
Governmental and Not-for Profit Accounting
International Accounting
IT Audit and Risk Management
Modern Management Control Systems
Legislative and Judicial Foundations of Income Tax
State and Local Tax
Tax Research and Procedure
Taxation of Corporations
Taxation of Pass-Through Entities