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Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.A.)

Dual tracks

The Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.A.) has two tracks. Students may choose from either a tax track or a financial/controllership track.

The purpose of the tax track is to provide specialized graduate education in taxation for accountants, attorneys and other persons who have bachelor's degrees with appropriate business and accounting backgrounds. Persons lacking business and accounting backgrounds can be admitted to the program but will be required to take additional courses in business and accounting.

The purpose of the accounting/controllership track is to develop the skills necessary to take the CPA or CMA exam and pursue a career as a professional accountant.


Admission requirements

All decisions regarding admissions to the M.S.A. program are made through the office of the Director of Graduate Programs in Accounting. Applicants must apply by the established deadline for the semester they plan to attend.

Admission to the M.S.A. program is available for those students who demonstrate high promise of success in a graduate program. All applicants are considered on the basis of their own merits with weight given to the quality of prior academic achievement, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, professional experience indicating increased levels of responsibility, and other relevant information. Each candidate's qualifications must meet the admission standards set by the AACSB The International Association for Management Education. The admission procedures for the M.S.A. program are the same as those described for the M.B.A. program.


M.S.A. Curriculum

Basic Core

Based on the candidate's prior course work, or by proficiency examination, any or all of the basic core may be waived (each course is 3 semester hours): MATH 1260 Modern Business Math I MATH 1270 Modern Business Math II ISOM 1020 Microcomputer Applications in Business ACCT 2040 Financial Accounting Information ACCT 2050 Accounting for Business Decision Making ACCT 3110 External Financial Reporting I ACCT 3120 External Financial Reporting II ACCT 4210 Taxes and Business Decisions ACCT 4310 Internal Reporting MGMT 5110 Management of Organizations MKTG 5210 Economics for Business Decisions FINA 5310 Managerial Finance MKTG 5410 Marketing Systems ISOM 5510 Business Statistics with Computer Applications ISOM 5520 Analysis of Manufacturing and Service Systems M.S.A. Core Courses (Required of all students): ACCT 6110 Accounting Theory ACCT 6210 Research in Accounting and Taxation ACCT 6310 Advanced Managerial Acctg.

Tax Track ACCT 6220 Corporate Tax ACCT 6230 Fiduciary, Estate and Gift Taxation ACCT 6240 Partnership and S Corporation Taxation ACCT 6290 Tax Policy (Summary: The Tax track is comprised of 10 courses (30 semester hours) allocated as follows: 3 core courses; 3 courses from the MBA menu below; and 4 courses in the Tax track)

Financial/Controllership Track ACCT 6320 Cost Analysis and Control BUAD 6060 Financial Decision-Making and Risk Management ACCT 6190 Contemporary Accounting Problems Select one course from the following list ACCT 6220 Corporate Tax ACCT 6230 Fiduciary, Estate and Gift Taxation ACCT 6240 Partnership and S Corporation Taxation ACCT 6420 Auditing ACCT 6960 Readings and Research (Summary: The Financial/Controllership track is comprised of 10 courses/30 semester hours allocated as follows: 3 core courses, 3 courses from the MBA menu; and 4 courses in the Financial/Controllership track)

M.B.A. Courses: (Select three) BUAD 6010 Assessing Emerging Business Opportunities BUAD 6020 Accounting and Organizational Performance Measurement BUAD 6030 Designing Products and Operations BUAD 6040 Marketing, Production and Distribution BUAD 6050 Managing in a Dynamic Environment Total Hours (M.S.A. program) 30

Last Updated: 6/26/15