Master of Science in Accounting

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This 30 hour program further prepares students for careers in public, industrial, and not-for-profit accounting through advanced study in financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, and accounting systems. It also is a foundation for entrance into doctoral programs and other professional studies.

Foundation Courses

To provide a background for successful study at the graduate level, a series of foundation courses or their equivalents must be completed before enrolling in courses for graduate credit. View the Foundation Courses page for a list of required course for a degree.

Required Accounting Courses: 9 hours

    • Accounting 6125 Studies in Accounting Theory
    • Accounting 6133 Studies in Managerial Accounting
    • Accounting 6185 Strategic Business Planning

Accounting Electives: 12 Hours

  • At least 6 semester hours must be at the 6000 level

Other Requirements

  • Business or Accounting Electives: 6 hours
  • Free Electives: 3 hours


  • At least 21 semester hours must be at the 6000 level
  • At least 15 semester hours must be in 6000 level accounting courses.
  • At least 12 semester hours must be in 6000 level accounting courses excluding ACCT 6126, ACCT 6167, or ACCT 6168
  • A concentration can be attained while fulfilling the accounting electives. See the Course Concentration Requirements (pdf).
  • A student may substitute MANG 6480 as a business elective if ACCT 6185 is not offered in the student's last semester. The student must still meet the requirements for 6000 accounting courses..