Master of Science in Accountancy

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 with an undergraduate degree in accounting from an AACSB accredited institution and a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.00 may be admitted to the program without taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). All other applicants may be admitted if they score 500 or better on the GMAT. All applicants with an index of at least 1,100 computed by multiplying the undergraduate grade point average by 200 and adding the GMAT score will also be considered.

Applicants must have completed the accounting foundations courses or equivalents, each with a grade of C or better.

In addition, students with an undergraduate degree other than business must complete a program of study, approved by the Director of the MS program, of business subjects to qualify the student to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination and to become licensed as a CPA.

Accounting Foundations

The following undergraduate courses are required of all candidates for the Master of Science in Accountancy. These prerequisite courses or their equivalents must be completed prior to applying for the MS in Accountancy program.

  • ACC 311 – Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 312 – Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 318 – Cost Accounting I
  • ACC 341 – Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 348 – Federal Taxation
  • ACC 429 – Auditing I

Download the Accountancy Plan of Study PDF

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