Accelerated BS/MSA Admission Requirements

To receive official acceptance into the program, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Provide two letters of recommendation from CBA faculty.
  • Earn at least a B in 6200:301 Cost Management , 6200:320 Accounting Information Systems and Internal Control, 6200:321 Financial Reporting and Analysis I, and 6200:322 Financial Reporting and Analysis II.
  • Earn a 3.0 or higher GPA in accounting courses, in business courses, and in all University of Akron courses.
  • Apply to be and be accepted into Graduate School by the start of their senior year.

BS/MSA students will be monitored closely and be given professional accounting advice through the School of Accountancy. Students must earn and maintain a 3.0 or better GPA (business, accounting, and overall) to stay in the program. Students who are not able to do so will complete the regular bachelor’s program instead of the accelerated BS/MSA program.

All students in the program will complete 30 credits of graduate courses to fulfill the requirements for the master’s degree. They will complete nine credits of 500-level graduate courses during their fourth (senior) year and the remaining 21 credits of 600-level graduate courses during their fifth year. The nine credits of 500-level graduate courses will count toward both their graduate and undergraduate degree programs. A total of 150 credits of graduate and undergraduate courses are required to complete the Accelerated BS/MSA program. BS/MSA students must take at least 120 undergraduate credits to achieve the required 150 hours needed for graduation.

BS/MSA students may be eligible for graduate assistantships during their fourth and fifth years of the program only if they are registered for at least nine graduate credits in each semester. Honors students may be eligible for funding from the Honors College during the fourth year and receive a graduate assistantship during the fifth year.