Accelerated Bachelor of Science-Master of Science in Accounting Program

The accelerated Bachelor of Science-Master of Science in Accounting (BS/MSA) program allows outstanding, full-time accounting students the opportunity to earn both B.S. and M.S. degrees. Students will complete 150 semester hours of coursework, which is the minimum number of credit hours required to take the Certified Public Accountant exam in Ohio and most other states. All students in this program will complete 30 credits of graduate coursework to fulfill the requirements for the master's degree, nine of which will be taken during the senior year. Funding opportunities for the fifth year are available through graduate assistantships, internships, and scholarships. Those who want to apply for the program should contact the Accountancy Department or your Academic Adviser.

The Accelerated BS/MS in Accounting offers professional experiences designed to help your transition into industry. Professional experiences include a course that comprises a consulting project to a local business, and internships or professional workshops. Paid and for-credit internships and cooperative educational opportunities are available by contacting the CBA Internship Coordinator.


Akron Advantage

All College of Business Administration programs are accredited at the highest possible level by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). In addition, the CBA is one of only 171 schools that have earned separate accounting accreditation. The College has been consistently rated as one of the best business schools in the nation by the Princeton Review and ranked in the top 100 of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.

Our close ties to regional businesses provide many benefits for our students. Business executives share their expertise as mentors and guest lecturers in classes, and provide valuable advice on program and course content, helping to keep our curricula fresh, relevant and rigorous. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through group projects that assign them to solve problems for local businesses and by participating in co-op and internship programs at regional companies.

We are able to provide our students with training in cutting-edge technology as a result of our academic alliances with technology vendors such as SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle.

Our active student organizations enable our students to enrich their college experience by providing opportunities for them to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and even jobs.  Many of our student organizations have excelled in regional and national competitions, often against highly regarded colleges and universities across the country.

Real-world Experience

Gain practical professional experience through paid internships and UA's optional cooperative education program. 

Representatives from about 40 public accounting firms, corporations and other organizations visit campus each fall to meet accounting majors during our Evening with the Accountants. This event, held on the third Tuesday of September, starts the job recruitment season for accounting majors. Many are placed in internships and full-time positions by the end of the fall semester.

Recent placements include:

  • Apple Growth Partners
  • Brockman, Coats, Gedalian & Co.
  • Bober Markey Fedorovich & Co.
  • Cohen & Company
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Ernst & Young
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • Plante & Moran
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • SS&G
  • Defence Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
  • FirstEnergy
  • RPM International
  • Jo-Ann Stores Inc.
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • The J.M. Smucker Company

    Accounting Student Organizations

    • Accounting Association
    • Institute for Management Accountants
    • Beta Alpha Psi — the national honorary organization for financial information students and professionals
    • Information Systems Audit & Control Association — University of Akron Student Group
    • Student Speaking Association (SSA)

    Sample Curriculum


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