Accounting, MS

The Master of Science in Accounting (MS) degree is designed to provide advanced accounting preparation for public, private, and governmental accounting careers. The MS will also contribute to students seeking to sit for the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy prerequisites for the Uniform CPA Examination.

Program Learning Goals

  • Program Goal 1: Mastery of Content: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to think critically and solve accounting problems.
  • Program Goal 2: Ethics: Graduates will effectively evaluate ethical situations that a CPA might face in a business setting, incorporating the laws and standards relating to financial reporting and the importance of personal integrity.
  • Program Goal 3: Global Perspective: Graduates will be proficient in handling global accounting issues, including the ability to tailor accounting practices to a global economy.
  • Program Goal 4: Communications: Graduates will demonstrate communication skills appropriate for high-level managers.

MS in Accounting Degree Program Requirements

The MS in Accounting requires 30 semester credit hours (SCH), including 21 SCH of core courses and 9 SCH of electives. A student with a non-accounting undergraduate degree must complete some prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or greater before he or she can be fully admitted to the MS program; these courses cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of the MS degree. A student whose non-accounting undergraduate program contained subject matter equivalent to that required by the prerequisite courses may be exempted from selected courses. A student may also be exempted through examination or transfer of approved credit. Specific program requirements will be determined during the admission process, which includes a complete review of undergraduate transcripts and work experience.

Prerequisite Courses
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 2302Principles of Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 3321Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3322Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3333Federal Income Tax I3
ACCT 4322Auditing3
FINA 5300Concepts of Finance3
Total Hours21
Core Courses
ACCT 5311Advanced Auditing3
ACCT 5312Accounting Information Systems & Controls3
ACCT 5317Accounting for Managerial Decision Making3
ACCT 5314Accounting Theory3
ACCT 5315Seminar on Tax Consulting, Planning and Research3
ACCT 5332Data Analytics in Accounting3
FINA 5310Theory of Financial Management3
Elective Courses9
Select three of the following:
Managerial Economics
International Trade and Business
Investment Analysis and Management
International Finance
Fin Mrkt and Inst
Organizational Behavior
Business Analytics and Modeling
Human Resource Management
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Special Topics
Management Information Systems
Data Com and Network
App Database Management
Info Syst Analysis
Special Topics in MISY
Marketing Management
International Marketing
Independent Study in Management
Total Hours30