Below are the curriculum and graduation requirements for the MSA program.
Contact an advisor if you have questions or need more information.
The MSA program consists of four course categories:
MSA students should possess a solid foundation in financial accounting.
Most incoming students satisfy the foundation requirements by completing analogous courses in their undergraduate studies.
Students who don't satisfy the foundation requirements must take the following foundation courses (three credits each) before beginning core course work. Click on a course name for its description.
Please note, foundation courses are required for background knowledge, but generate no credit towards the MSA degree.
These seven courses (three credits each) provide coverage of the body of knowledge associated with major studies in accounting.
An advanced accounting course must be taken in place of a core course if a student has completed an equivalent course in the past three years with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Click on a course name for its description.
ACC 7115 Financial Statement Analysis
ACC 7120 Tax Problems in Business Affairs
ACC 7130 Intermediate Managerial Accounting
ACC 7145 Accounting Systems: Design and Controls
ACC 7180 Auditing
ACC 7300 Accounting and Tax Research and Professional Communications
ACC 7310 Business and Professional Ethics for Managers and Accountants
*Any core courses needing substitution should be substituted with another 7000-level ACC course.
Students can tailor their MSA experience by choosing elective courses that fit their goals.
The program requires students to choose two elective courses from the list below. With the approval of the MSA Committee, students can choose electives from other business disciplines. Contact Santanu Mitra for more information.
All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Click on a course name for its description.
ACC 7122 Advanced Accounting
ACC 7125 Advanced Accounting II
ACC 7155 Forensic Accounting
ACC 7165 Internal Audit I
ACC 7168 Internal Audit II
ACC 7170 International Accounting
ACC 7188 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACC 7190 Advanced Auditing
ACC 7192 Accounting Theory
ACC 7220 Law of Corporate Management and Finance
ACC 7320 Advanced Tax Problems
ACC 7325 Advanced Tax Research and IRS Procedures
ACC 7330 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders I
ACC 7335 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders II
ACC 7340 Taxation of Pass-Through Entities
ACC 7400 Taxation of International Business and Multinational Transactions
ACC 7410 Tax Accounting Methods and Deferred Income Taxes
ACC 7420 Taxation by State and Local Jurisdictions
ACC 7430 Taxation of Exempt Organizations
ACC 7440 Financial and Estate Planning
ACC 7450 Taxes and Business Strategy
ACC 7990 Internship in Accounting or Tax Practice (1-3 credits)
ACC 7992 Topics in Accounting
ACC 7995 Directed Study in Accounting (1-5 credits)
The capstone course is culmination of the MSA program.
This course builds on the knowledge gained throughout the program and is taken in the final 12 credit hours of the program.
ACC 7998 Seminar in Tax and Accounting Policy
The MSA program requires a total of 30 credit hours (21 core, 6 elective, 3 capstone), in addition to any necessary foundational requirements.
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater is required for graduation.
The program does not require a thesis.