MSA Program Structure

Admission to the MSA is for the Fall Semester

Individuals with a non-accounting undergraduate business or non- business degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent must complete all Pre-MSA foundation courses and Pre-MSA financial reporting courses. Students who have completed similar courses at the undergraduate or graduate level may apply for waivers. Applications for waivers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, considering such factors as the students background, work experience, institution, grades earned and date when similar course were taken. Documented guidance on sequencing MSA courses is available through the School of Accountancy.

Students with accounting degrees from AACSB accredited business schools are not required to complete foundation courses provided that they earn an overall GPA in accounting of 2.5 or better. Students who do not satisfy this criterion may be required to complete selected foundation courses specified by the chair of the School of Accountancy.

For Students With Non-business Undergraduate Degrees (3 credits) Summer Session

Students lacking an accounting background should begin the program in the Summer semester prior to starting the MSA and enroll in a financial accounting course to gain the requisite background to pursue the MSA. This is highly recommended but not mandatory. Students may have difficulty in the program if they lack such a course. We recommend the Summer before in order not to delay graduation. The course level (grad or undergrad) and college where they take the course is flexible. Our preference is, however, an accredited business school. The following course may be taken at UA:

6200: 601 Financial Accounting 3

Accounting (MSA)

The specialized Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of students from different backgrounds. It offers accounting majors the flexibility to combine their accounting backgrounds with coursework in information systems and finance. Students who are new to the field of accounting are able to gain the skills to pursue a career in the field of accounting. Students may pursue either a professional accountancy option or an accounting information systems option. The MSA offers students the opportunity to develop substantive knowledge, skills, and abilities in accounting.

Students are encouraged to begin the program in the fall semester 2013. Students needing pre-MSA foundation level courses may start in summer.


Admission Requirements

  • GMAT (score of 500 or better preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

Application Deadline

(This program is a fall start only, students may begin in summer to take basic financial accounting course if needed)
  • July 15 for Fall enrollment

It is recommended that international students apply one month prior to these dates to allow time for admission and I-20 visa processing.  I-20 forms are processed by the Office of International Programs.


Additional Information

Pre-MSA Foundation Courses* (12 credits)

All foundation courses must be taken prior to courses in the MSA program. An exception to this policy may be made by the chair of the School of Accountancy for student who have received waivers from foundation courses.

6200: 603 Accounting Decision Support Systems 3
6400:602 Managerial Finance 3
6400:623 Legal Aspects of Business transactions 3
6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy 3

Pre-MSA Financial Reporting Courses* (12 credits)

All Pre-MSA financial reporting courses with the exception of 6200:540 must be completed prior to taking courses in the MSA program.
6200:621 Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting I or 6200:321 Financial Reporting & Analysis I 3
6200:622 Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting II or 6200:321 Financial Reporting & Analysis II 3
6200:620 Process Analysis and Cost Management or 6200:301 Cost Management and Control 3
6500:540 Assurance Services and Professional Responsibilities 3

* Students who have no accounting experience or course work should take 6200:601 Financial Accounting or a comparable undergraduate course, prior to enrolling in courses.

MSA Core Courses

Accounting and Assurance Core
Required
6200:615 ERP and Financial Data Communications 3
6200:637 Contemporary Accounting Issues 3
6200:658 Enterprise Risk Assessment and Assurance 3
6200:660 Accounting and Assurance Project 3
6200:520* Advance Financial Reporting and Analytics * 3

* All courses in this group are required, except 6200:520, which is not required for students in the AIS option. Students who have completed a similar advanced accounting course at the undergraduate level must take a different approved accounting course.

Taxation Core (3-6 credits)

6200:627 Federal Taxation 3
-OR-
6200:531 Business Entity Taxation* 3
6200:628 Tax Research 3
6200:631 Corporate Tax I 3

* 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.

Accounting Electives (0-6 credits)

6200:554 Information Systems Security 3
6200:629 Tax Crimes and Forensics 3
6200:659 Assurance Services and Data Mining 3
6200:570 Government Accounting 3

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

Information Systems Electives (12 Credits)

6500:520 Management of Data Networks 3
6500:643 Analysis and Design of Business Systems 3
6500:641 Business Database Systems 3
6500:645 Software Development and Quality Assurance 3
6500:678 Project Management 3

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 (Accounting Electives and Information Systems courses).

Finance Electives (0-15 credits)

6400:631 Financial Markets and Institutions 3
6400:645 Investment Analysis 3
6400:674 Strategic Financial Decision Making 3
6400:678 Capital Budgeting 3
6400:681 Multinational Corporate Finance 3
6400:691 International Markets and Investments 3

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process! it is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.