As an accountant, you are trained to speak the language of business to ensure that the nation's businesses operate efficiently and that business records are kept accurately.
A Master of Science in Accounting degree points the way for you to succeed in a field where qualified professionals are increasingly in demand. As an accounting student, you acquire technical knowledge, the ability to analyze complex accounting and business issues, and the skills to effectively communicate with all levels of management. You will be expert in preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents for clients, as well as providing services ranging from budget analysis to financial planning.
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This professional, graduate degree program is part of a coordinated 150-hour program in Accounting which allows you to earn a B.S. (after 120 hours), a M.S. (after 150 hours), and satisfy your eligibility requirements for taking the CPA exam.
Although a bachelor's degree in accounting is not required for admission to the M.S. in Accounting program, if you have earned a baccalaureate degree in another academic area you will be required to complete appropriate preparatory courses in business and accounting in addition to those required for the master's degree.
Supplemental Application Requirements
In addition to university
admission requirements, applicants must submit the following documents as part
of their application package:
*Note: The GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants
who have (1) an undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher for the last 60 hours,
from a regionally accredited college or university, or (2) a graduate degree
from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Normally, applicants will be expected to have a 3.0
cumulative G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale) in their last 60 credit hours;
- A GMAT or GRE score from tests administered within five
years of the date of admission*;
- Two confidential letters of recommendation from
professional references (e.g. current or former college faculty member,
current or former work supervisor, or community leader;
- A two page, double-spaced statement of intent which
discusses personal short- and long-term career goals, reasons for pursuing this degree and what about this particular program is going
to help reach those goals. Please give specific personal examples of
leadership and provide other pertinent information to help the committee
select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program. The
statement of intent offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate
writing and communication skills and supports candidacy for this
- A current resume.
Applicants should have completed the equivalent of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "B" or higher in each course:
Cost Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting I
Intermediate Accounting II
Business Law I
Business Law II
Students must successfully complete college proficiency exams with a grade of 80% or higher (or equivalent courses) in MIS prior to enrolling in their second semester of coursework. Students who passed the MIS undergraduate competency exams within the previous three years with an 80% or higher will only be required to pass the remaining one exam with an 80% or higher.
The specific courses an individual will be required to complete will depend on previous course work. With permission of the dean, students can enroll in graduate level courses for which they have completed the prerequisites before completing all of the preparatory courses.
MS in Accounting Curriculum
I. Business Courses (6 Hours)
Select two of the following courses:
CON 7500 Managerial Economics and Forecasting (3)
FIN 7101 Financial Management (3)
MGMT 7500 Organizational Behavior in the Global Context (3)
MGMT 7600 International Business
MGMT 7400 Operations Management: Strategies and Techniques (3)
MKTG 7100 Strategic Marketing (3)
II. Accounting Core Courses (12 Hours)
ACCT 6201 Seminar in Financial Accounting Theory and Practice (3)
ACCT 6252 Advanced Tax (3)
ACCT 6355 Seminar in Auditing Standards and Contemporary Topics (3)
ACCT 6331 Accounting Information Technology and Systems (3)
III. Accounting Selective Courses (6 Hours)
Select two of the following courses:
ACCT 6253 Federal Income Taxation of Partnerships and Corporations (3)
ACCT 6461 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting (3)
ACCT 7815 Financial Statement Analysis (3)
ACCT 7254 Advanced Tax Research (3)
ACCT 7111 Managerial Accounting Theory and Applications (3)
ACCT 8260 Estate Planning (3)
ACCT 8265 Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning (3)
IV. Career Selectives (6 Hours)
Select six hours from any CBPA courses numbered 7000 or above
V. Master's Final Project (3 Hours)
ACCT 8965 Integrative Perspective on Accounting Issues (3)
Total - 33 Graduate Hours