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.

Academic Coursework

Students admitted to the Accelerated BS/MSA program must complete a total of 150 credits, with 30 graduate credits (groups of graduate) courses listed below. No more than nine credits can be 500-level (6200:5xx) courses. At least 12 credits must be 600-level accounting (6200:6xx) courses. Please note that some number of electives might be needed in addition to required courses to equal 150 credits.

The following are the credits required for the accelerated program:

General education requirements (minimum of 42 credits)

CBA core and additional business requirements  (45 credits)

Please see the Accounting major page for a list of accounting courses to take before the senior year. The following lists coursework in senior year and beyond:

Courses to be taken Senior year (9 credits)

6200:531       Business Entity Taxation (3 credits)

6200:554       Information Systems Security (3 credits)

6200:520       Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 credits)

Courses to take senior year and fifth year, including 30 graduate-level courses.

Core classes

Accounting and Assurance (12-15 credits)

6200:615       ERP and Financial Data Communications (3 credits)                          

6200:637       Contemporary Accounting Issues (3 credits)                       

6200:658       Enterprise Risk Assessment and Assurance (3 credits)                   

6500:660       Accounting and Assurance Project (capstone course) (3 credits)                               

Taxation (3-6 credits)                    

6200:628       Tax Research (3 credits)                               

6200:631       Corporate Taxation I (3 credits)                

*Students are required to take a different taxation course if they have completed the equivalent of 6200:627 or 6200:531. Students are required to complete at least one course but no more than two courses in the taxation core.                         

Electives

Accounting *(0-6 credits)                            

6200:570       Governmental Accounting (3 credits)                      

6200:659       Assurance Services and Data Mining (3 credits)                 

*These electives are open only to students who have not previously completed similar courses.                              

Finance (0 - 9 credits)                    

6400:631       Financial Markets and Institutions (3 credits)                      

6400:645       Investment Analysis (3 credits)                 

6400:674       Strategic Financial Decision Making (3 credits)                    

6400:678       Capital Budgeting (3 credits)                      

6400:681       Multinational Corporate Finance (3 credits)                        

6400:691       International Markets and Investments (3 credits)                          

The Chair of the School of Accountancy may approve or substitute other relevant finance courses not listed above.                       

Information Systems (0 - 9 credits)                         

6500:643       Analysis and Design of Business Systems (3 credits)                        

6500:641       Business Database Systems (3 credits)                  

6500:648       Management of Telecommunications (3 credits)                              

6500:678       Project Management (3 credits)                              

The Chair of the School of Accountancy may approve or substitute other relevant information systems courses not listed above. Students pursuing the Accounting Information Systems Option must complete a minimum of 12 credits of information systems courses (i.e., Group D and accounting information systems courses from Group C).                              

Professional Experience

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.

 Course Availability

University General Education requirements and CBA Core classes are offered each semester, including over the summer. Please note that the number of sections available is often less during the summer semester.

Courses for your major are offered both fall and spring, although every course is not offered every semester. 

Admission Requirements

The number of students admitted to the program is limited; admission into this program is not guaranteed for every eligible student. To be eligible for acceptance, a student must earn at least a B in 6200:301 Cost Management and Control, 6200:320 Accounting Systems and Internal Control, 6200:321 Financial Reporting and Analysis I, and 6200:322 Financial Reporting and Analysis II and earn a 3.0 or higher GPA in accounting courses, in business courses, and in all University of Akron courses. Students in the program are not required to take the GMAT. Once admitted, all students must continue to maintain minimum GPAs of 3.0 in accounting, business, and overall.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing all required courses for their major a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs to graduate:

  • 3.0 overall GPA in all courses
  • 3.0 GPA in major courses
  • 3.0 GPA in business and economics courses

Graduation Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
  • Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1

Academic Resources

Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, and determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.

  • Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.
  • Graduation Planning Summary (GPS). The GPS is a document that lists course titles and additional, supplemental information for you as an Accelerated Accounting student. When you are admitted to the CBA, you will review the GPS with your adviser, and use it in conjunction with the Degree Auditing Report System (DARS) (see below).  Contact your adviser regarding the accelerated program's GPS.
  • Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you’ll use the Degree Auditing Report System (DARS), which is an online tool you can use to view data about course requirements. DARS outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.

Tutoring

Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the College of Business offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.

  • The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Springboard through Atomic Learning.
  • The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
  • The main campus library has writing and math Tutoring Services 

Learn about CBA accounting students, careers, organizations that have recently hired CBA graduates, and much more on the Accountancy Department page.

Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to participate in at least one of our many active, student-run organizations. Participating in an organization will enrich your college experience by providing opportunities to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and jobs. Our student organizations regularly excel in regional and national competitions. CBA accounting student organizations include:

You also can get involved in other CBA student organizations:

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