The Marshall University MS in Accountancy Program develops skills needed to succeed in today’s accounting profession. The MS 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.

– 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.
– 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
  • IMC for Professional Services
  • Accounting Electives

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 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 M.S. in Accountancy program.
The following undergraduate courses are required of all candidates for the Master of Science in Accountancy. These prereq-uisite courses or their equivalents must be completed prior to applying for the M.S. in Accountancy program.

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Federal Taxation
  • Auditing

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For additional information, contact

Wes Spradlin, MBA, MS
Marshall University
Graduate School of Management
Assistant Director
Phone: 304-746-8964
Fax: 304-746-2063