The non-traditional M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program has a strong foundation in ethics, which is in high demand by corporations and accounting licensing bodies. The accounting degree focuses on the expanded knowledge base required in today's business world and provides the necessary course work to meet the "150 credit hour" requirements to sit for the CPA exam and/or the requirements for the CMA designation. Both on-campus (one weeknight per week) and online (asynchronous) courses are offered.
The 8-week MSA degree is a ten-course, 30 credit-hour graduate program (with an additional six foundation courses in undergraduate business and accounting if needed)*. It is designed to be flexible, allowing you to focus on classes that will support your career goals. Building upon the foundation you already have in accounting techniques, ethics and industry technologies, your academic advisor will work with you to customize your accounting degree plan to fit your goals and special interests.
As a graduate of the non-traditional MSA program, you will have a well-rounded education that affords you access to a number of available career paths including opportunities as an accountant, auditor, cost accountant or financial analyst.
Program Prerequisites (Foundation Courses)*
Students who do not have previous experience in finance and accounting may be required to take 18 credit hours of prerequisite courses. Transcript evaluation and approval by your Academic Advisor will determine whether or not you meet the requirements. The following courses may be required depending on your previous experience and appropriate demonstrated academic proficiency:
- Business Finance (FIN 400 or BA 430)
- Auditing Principles & Procedures (AC 480)
- Principles of Accounting I (AC 320A)
- Principles of Accounting II (AC 320B)
- Intermediate Accounting I (AC 410A)
- Intermediate Accounting II (AC 410B)
A Path to the CPA Examination
Beyond your preparation within our accounting classes, eligible accelerated graduates who intend to sit for their CPA are offered privileged access to Becker™ CPA Exam Review courses through a $400 partner discount. Contact your Academic Advisor or Accounting faculty.
Program Start Dates
January, March, May, June, August, October (non-traditional courses taught in 8-week terms, starting every 8 weeks)
Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Prospective students, the best source for the most current information is an Admissions Counselor. (Current students should contact an Academic Advisor in the College of Business and Economics.)