Studying Masters in Accounting at Regis

Studying Masters in Accounting at Regis

The accelerated Master of Science in Accounting degree is designed for students interested in broadening and deepening their skills in accounting.
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M.S. in Accounting

Degree Overview

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.)

Program Requirements

Foundation courses (18 credit hours)* - prerequisite waiver depends on prior experience/education
AC 320A Principles of Accounting I
AC 320B Principles of Accounting II
AC 410A Intermediate Accounting I
AC 410B Intermediate Accounting II
AC 480 Auditing Principles & Procedures
FIN 400 Business Finance (or BA 430 Business Finance)
Core Requirements (9 credit hours) - 3 courses
MSAA 602 Interpreting Accounting Information
MSAA 604 Financial Communication
MSAA 691 Accounting Ethics (or MSAA 623 Issues in Accounting Ethics)
Electives (18 credit hours) - 6 courses selected from the following:
MSAA 603 Financial Reporting Policy & Practice
MSAA 605 Advanced Auditing
MSAA 607 Accounting for Non-Profit & Government Organizations
MSAA 608 International Accounting
MSAA 609 Case Studies in Management Accounting
MSAA 610 Controllership
MSAA 611 Tax Influence on Business Decision Making
MSAA 612S Sustainability & CSR for Accounting
MSAA 614 IT Auditing
MSAA 615 Income Tax Research
MSAA 617 Accounting Information Systems
MSAA 619 Forensic & Fraud Audit
MSAA 621 Financial Applications for XBRL & Interactive Data
MSAA 698G MSA Internship
Capstone Requirement (3 credit hours) - course must be taken last
MSAC 695 Business Planning & Strategy (MSA Capstone)
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 30-48* credit hours

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates. (Current students, contact an Academic Advisor in the College of Business and Economics).

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Materials Needed for Application and Admission

Applicants seeking a non-traditional M.S. in Accounting degree from the College of Business and Economics must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript within 30 days of the date of application. Official transcript must reflect a baccalaureate degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. If official transcript is not received within 30 days you will be unable to register for future courses until the transcript is received. A complete file can be reviewed by faculty with a copy of the unofficial degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended school to the Office of Admissions. Download the transcript request form.
  • Two years of significant full-time business experience
  • Current resume
  • Two online recommendations from colleagues or supervisors who know your work in a professional setting and are able to give specific information about your abilities and potential. The application system will automatically send an email with a link and instructions on how to submit recommendations directly to Regis.
  • Official GMAT score (which must include the Analytical Writing section with a minimum score of 3.5) and one spreadsheet exercise or one 500 word admission essay and one spreadsheet exercise
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • The course work of returning students (whose degree plans have expired) and/or transfer students must have been completed less than 10 years prior to the current admission into the degree program in order to be applied toward degree requirements.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Non-traditional students who are otherwise accepted into the M.S. in Accounting program but who earned a GPA of less than 2.5 from the institution granting their bachelor's degree will be accepted provisionally and must complete either MLS 501 Critical Thinking and Graduate Writing or EDFD 500 Essentials for Graduate Level Writing with a "B" or better prior to taking any 600 level classes. This requirement can be waived at the time of the student's interview only if the student has demonstrated professional experience that has clearly provided ample opportunity for the student to improve in her or his written communication skills.

Students who earned a GPA of 2.5 or greater from the institution granting their bachelor's degree but whose essay demonstrates less than graduate level writing, may also be accepted provisionally and be required to complete either MLS 501 Critical Thinking and Graduate Writing or EDFD 500 Essentials for Graduate Level Writing with a "B" or better prior to taking any 600 level classes.

Applications due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.

Tuition

2015-2016 Academic Year TuitionEffective Fall 2015

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $23,450
30 $780 $50
Online $23,450
30 $780 $50

2016-2017 Academic Year TuitionEffective Fall 2016

Course Format Estimated Total Program Cost Credit Hours Required Cost per Credit Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Classroom $24,300
30 $810 $50
Online $24,300
30 $810 $50

Additional fees may apply. Please contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for information. Click here for information regarding student parking fees.