Accountancy, M.S.
Graduate Degree
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Program Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy program at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, provides you with the skills needed to succeed in today’s accounting profession and prepares you to successfully enter a career in accounting, while satisfying the educational requirements to become a certified public accountant (CPA).

Marshall University’s Master of Science in Accountancy program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International and is the only accounting master’s degree program offered in the state of West Virginia.

The graduate program in accountancy at Marshall is essential to helping meet the demand for public accountants in West Virginia.

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Featured Courses
ACC 512 - Govt NFP Accounting
Accounting, reporting, and analysis of both governmental entities and not-for-profit entities will be examined with the focus on the preparation and use of the information for decision makers.
ACC 640 - Forensic ACC Civil Litigation
This course involves the examination of various services provided by financial experts during the litigation process and the financial theory and methodology behind analytic and damage issues in civil litigation.
ACC 616 - Adv Income Tax Procedure
A study of selected topics in the Internal Revenue code and Regulations with emphasis on tax accounting and research.
Program Highlights

The master’s degree in accountancy program will prepare you to successfully enter the accounting profession and satisfy the educational requirements to become a CPA. The program features professional accounting research methods using electronic databases as well as computer auditing techniques. Ethics and professional services are stressed throughout the program.


Marshall University is one of only 190 schools worldwide to have achieved accreditation by AACSB International for its undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and accounting and offers the only Master of Science in Accountancy program in West Virginia.

Award-Winning Faculty

Our Department of Accounting and Legal Environment has award-winning faculty with diverse backgrounds and teaching interests. Most faculty have worked in the profession and / or currently perform consulting in an array of accounting and legal services. Most are certified public accountants or hold other prestigious certifications. Our faculty is committed to teaching and student learning through a dedicated faculty-student mentoring program.

Career Opportunities
Graduates from Marshall University’s accredited M.S. in Accountancy program have successfully obtained jobs at public accounting firms, industry and governmental agencies, and have entered teaching-related careers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2019 median salary for accountants and auditors was $71,550. Job growth from 2019-29 is projected to be four percent.
  • Internal Auditor
  • IRS or FBI Agent
  • Tax Accountant
  • Charitable Organization Accountant
  • Comptroller/Controller
  • Bank Examiner
  • Management Accountant
Admission Information

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website at

In addition to the requirements for admission to Marshall University as a graduate student, applicants must either have:

  1. An undergraduate degree in business from an accepted, accredited institution with an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previously completed coursework;
  2. Completed the following or equivalent with a 3.0 GPA or higher:
    ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting I 3
    ACC 312 Intermediate Accounting II 3
    ACC 318 Cost Accounting I 3
    ACC 341 Acc Information Systems 3
    ACC 348 Federal Taxation 3
    ACC 429 Auditing I 3


  3. A score of 500 or better on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or an index of 1,100 computed by multiplying the undergraduate Grade Point Average by 200 and adding the GMAT score. The minimum acceptable GMAT score is 400 and 15th percentile verbal.
  • All students admitted to the program will complete the following undergraduate courses with a C or better. Students who have completed equivalent courses as a part of their undergraduate degree will receive credit for this requirement. Those who have not completed the courses will complete them as a part of the degree requirements.
    ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting I 3
    ACC 312 Intermediate Accounting II 3
    ACC 318 Cost Accounting I 3
    ACC 341 Acc Information Systems 3
    ACC 348 Federal Taxation 3
    ACC 429 Auditing I 3
  • Conditional Admission can be granted for one term if the applicant meets all program requirements for admission except they have not officially graduated with their bachelor’s degree. Once the degree is granted, the applicant would need to resubmit his or her official transcripts for full admission.