Master Degree Overview
The accelerated 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 (1 weeknight per week) and online (asynchronous) courses are offered.
The College of Business and Economics' MSA degree is a ten-course, 30-credit-hour program with an additional seven foundation courses in business and accounting*. It has been 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 accelerated 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.
Students who do not have previous experience in finance and accounting may be required to take 10 to 15 credit hours of prerequisite courses. Transcript evaluation is required to determine unmet requirements. The following prerequisite courses may be required depending on your previous experience*:
- Business or Corporate Finance (FIN 400)
- Auditing Principles and Procedures (AC 480)
- Principles of Accounting I & II (AC 320A and AC 320B)
- Intermediate Accounting I (AC 410A)
- Intermediate Accounting II (AC 410B)
- Marketing (MKT 325)
*The foundation courses may be waived with appropriate demonstrated academic proficiency and with approval from your M.S. in Accounting academic advisor.
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 (courses taught in 8-week terms, start dates 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.)