Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed for the student who wants to prepare for a career in accountancy but does not have an undergraduate accounting background. The program provides students with the course work required to be eligible to sit for the CPA examination. Although not required for eligibility, a CPA review course after graduation is strongly recommended as final preparation for the examination.

A candidate for the MSA degree will normally need to complete 10 to 17 courses. The total number depends on the candidate‚Äôs undergraduate coursework and academic performance, which may result in the waiver of up to seven courses. In addition to course waivers, students who have successfully completed relevant course work at another accredited graduate program may request to have two courses (maximum of six credits) transferred and applied toward degree requirements.

MSA courses are taught by our expert faculty who bring years of experience as vice presidents, CPAs and corporate accountants to their teaching. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate programs of the Brennan School of Business is open to those who hold a bachelor's degree in any field with an appropriate general education component from an accredited institution. No prior business courses are required. The Admission Committee ordinarily bases its decision on: 

  • The applicant's total academic record
  • Two recommendations (from a current or past employer, professor or professional colleague)
  • The applicant's personal statement and resume.

No GRE/GMAT required.