The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing Certified Public Accountancy or another advanced accounting degree. The minimum required 30 credit hours must include at least seven courses (21 credits) from the listed MSA core and elective courses and at least three courses (9 credits) of additional MSA electives or MBA non-accounting courses. Students with undergraduate accounting backgrounds may be eligible to have one or both foundation courses waived.
The MSA Program provides:
- A focused, comprehensive accounting master’s degree that provides excellent preparation for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam.
- A foundation in accounting principles for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than accounting.
- In-depth study in financial reporting, cost management, accounting systems and controls, auditing, and forensic accounting.
- Elective courses in taxation, non-for-profit accounting, advanced financial reporting, and financial statement analysis.
- Convenient NetPlus! offerings of foundation and required courses that combine online learning with Friday/Saturday on campus residencies every six weeks. Elective courses are offered online or on campus during evening timeslots.
Admission to the MSA Program
The MSA program is designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to succeed in graduate-level professional education and in completing the CPA exam. Students can complete the undergraduate preparation necessary for the MSA program either through a bachelor’s program that focuses on accounting or through the other bachelor programs at accredited colleges and universities of the United States and elsewhere. The program’s foundation courses are intended for students with less undergraduate accounting preparation.
Students pursuing a MSA degree are admitted to the program using the same criteria as those currently existing for the MBA program. Applications for admission are available from the School of Management Office, its website, or from the Office of Graduate Programs. Admission to the program is not granted until the application materials are submitted and reviewed.
Priority application deadlines are:
- August 1 for fall entry
- November 1 for winter entry
- February 1 for spring entry
- May 1 for summer entry
International applications are due:
- May 1 for fall entry
- September 1 for winter entry
Completed files received by the deadline receive priority in review; files completed after the deadline are reviewed if seats remain.
Completed applications should be received by the Office of Graduate Programs by the published deadlines. For additional information consult:
School of Management
University of Michigan-Flint
1 Riverfront Center West
Flint, MI 48502-1950