Master of Science in Accountancy


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The Marshall University MS in Accountancy Program develops skills needed to succeed in today’s accounting profession. The MS in Accountancy is a 30 credit hour graduate program that can be completed within three or four semesters. The MS in Accountancy will prepare students to successfully enter the accounting profession and satisfy the educational requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant. 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. This program is essential to helping meet the demand for public accountants in West Virginia.

Our new fully online MS in Accountancy gives students the option to take classes without being on campus. This is convenient for students who have already started their careers and want more flexibility in their schedules. All our online classes meet Quality Matters standards with well-conceived, well-designed, well-presented courses.

  • The Master of Science in Accountancy will prepare you to successfully enter the profession of public accounting
  • No other Master of Science in Accountancy program is offered in the state of West Virginia

Division Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment is to provide an education that will enable graduates to successfully enter the profession of accountancy, business, and/or graduate study. The faculty is committed to maintaining a current and relevant curriculum in the fields of accountancy and legal environment through professional engagement, service to our communities, and the development of applied and pedagogical research.

MS in Accountancy Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Accountancy program is to prepare students to succeed in the profession of accountancy and/or business by enhancing technical skills and knowledge that encompass professional competency, communication proficiency, and research abilities.

Curriculum for Program

The Accounting Foundations courses provide the knowledge to prepare students in developing professional skills in the MS in Accountancy Program. Each Accounting Foundations course must be completed with a grade of C or higher before students enroll in the MS in Accountancy program.

Whether online or face-to-face the program includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Audit Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Controllership
  • Accounting Research
  • Auditing Accounting Information Systems
  • Advanced Income Tax Procedure
  • Professional Development and Ethics in Accounting
  • Government and Business Relationships
  • Accounting and Other Electives

Admission Requirements

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’ Graduate College, applicants must have one of the following:

  1. An undergraduate degree in business from a regionally 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 ACC 311, ACC 312, ACC 318, ACC 341, ACC 348, and ACC 429 or equivalent with a 3.0 GPA or higher;
  3. A score of 500 or better on the Graduate management Admission Test (GMAT) or an idex 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
  • ACC  312 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC  318 Cost Accounting
  • ACC  341 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC  348 Federal Taxation
  • ACC  429 Auditing

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.


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Brad D. Smith Graduate School of Business
Office: GC333
Phone: 304-746-8964
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