Master of Science in Accountancy Online

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New AACSB Accredited MS Accountancy Degree

The Flexibility you need with the Rigor and Quality required by the Profession

We are proud to announce our new 100% online MS in Accountancy (MSA) program designed for both entry-level and seasoned accounting professionals who want to advance in their careers or get the additional credits required to sit for the CPA exam and/or become a licensed CPA. The program is catered towards students with family and work obligations who want a premiere graduate degree with the convenience of an online program. Consult Marshall University’s Online Learning resources for policies and procedures.



Earning an MSA degree online from Marshall gives students the flexibility to schedule courses around their career or other responsibilities. Students will proceed through coursework that helps them understand accounting theory and regulations, use financial data to make strategic business decisions, become effective communicators, and understand legal and ethical issues in business. It will prepare students to be successful in the rapidly expanding fields of accounting, auditing, and tax and offers coursework in law, forensics, and data analytics.

The program is taught by the same faculty who teach our traditional face-to-face classes who hold professional certifications and who have years of academic and professional accounting experience. Students will receive the same rigorous standards of teaching. All courses are developed following a leading quality assurance program and use the latest technology. Students can build relationships with classmates through interactions, discussions, and projects that deal with emerging issues and future trends in accounting. The program is just 30 credit hours meaning students can complete this program part-time as they work, and even in as little as a year if they take advantage of our 3 + 2 program in their undergraduate coursework.

Program Highlights

  • Students can begin the program in fall or spring.
  • AACSB International accredits the program.
  • Students complete 10 classes from anywhere, 24/7.
  • Marshall University professors designed the coursework.

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 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
  • 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.

Curriculum for Program

  • ACC 615 Audit Theory and Practice
  • ACC 616 Advanced Income Tax Procedure
  • ACC 617 Advanced Controllership
  • ACC 618 Accounting Research
  • ACC 632 Auditing Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 698 Professional Development and Ethics in Accounting
  • LE 691 Government and Business Relationships

Accounting electives (any two courses)

Six hours must come from graduate accounting courses.

Other Electives (one course)

Your third elective can come from any graduate accounting course or one of the following courses:

  • ENT 680 Entrepreneurship
  • FIN 623 Investments
  • FIN 626 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FIN 630 Multinational Financial Management
  • MGT 601 Quantitative Methods for Business
  • MGT 620 Human Resource Management
  • MGT 677 Supply Chain Management
  • MGT 692 Ethics/Global Aspects of Business
  • MIS 685 Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • MKT 682 Advanced Marketing Management
  • MKT 684 Global marketing
  • MKT 686 Integrated Marketing Communications for Professional Services

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