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Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to enable graduates in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and other fields, as well as graduates in business, to complete an advanced degree in accounting on a part-time or full-time basis. The MSA program offers two tracks, Professional Accounting and Accounting Forensics.

The focus of the learning process is a shared responsibility of the student and instructor. Our classes are small, the contact personal. We stress teamwork and group projects, with many case analyses that include written and oral presentations. Above all, we expect each student to contribute to the education of his or her colleagues, believing that adult learners have considerable expertise to share with classmates.

The MSA program will help prepare students to test for various industry certifications, including the CPA, CIA, CFE, and CMA, by completing their professional training and/or fulfilling professional exam requirements.  Below are the recommended programs and/or courses for these exams.

  • CPA: MSA, Professional Track

  • CIA: MSA, Professional Track or Forensic Track.

  • CFE: MSA, Forensic Track or Professional Track; Professional Track students could include forensics classes as their electives in preparation for this exam.

  • CMA: MSA, Professional Track.

Delivery Method


Admission Requirements

  • No GRE

  • 3.0 GPA. Those coming under 3.0 can be admitted on probation with Program Chair approval

  • Official transcripts

  • Resume

  • Letter of intent

  • Students with a business UG degree in any field or working in the field for at least 10 years are waived from BADM 401

Transfer Policy

9 credit hours can be transferred from another graduate program with department chair or program director consent and must have been completed in the last 5 years

Special Characteristics

Small class sizes, extra attention to student needs and focus on CPA prep.

In addition to the MSA program, the Heller College of Business offers several other accounting programs at the graduate level: the MBA with a concentration in Accounting or Accounting Forensics, and the Master of Science in Forensic Accounting (MSAF).

As a whole, our Accounting programs are designed to meet the needs of any of the following groups:

  • Students who wish to complete their professional accounting education.

  • Students who wish to pursue a terminal program that will enable them to enter the fields of public accounting, managerial accounting, governmental or nonprofit accounting, and auditing.

  • Students who seek a concentration in fraud examination studies.

  • Students with majors in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, and other fields who want to complete a professional accounting program.

  • Accountants and teachers of accounting who wish to advance their careers through further study.