Curriculum

The MSA program consists of 30 units of required work.

Students must also pass a written comprehensive MSA examination at the end of the program as a requirement for graduation.

Program Requirements

In addition to any necessary prerequisites, the MSA program requires a minimum of 18 units of graduate accounting work. The remaining 12 units may be accounting or approved non-accounting business courses.

Required Courses

Course Course Title Usually Offered
ACCT 580I
Communications (International)*
Fall

 

*Students are required to take ACCT 580I the first fall semester they are enrolled in the program, unless they have passed a equivalency exam.

Select five from:

Course Course Title Usually Offered
ACCT 554I
Financial Statement Analysis
Fall
ACCT 561I
Accounting Information Systems
Fall, Spring
ACCT 501I
Advanced Accounting
Fall, Spring
ACCT 531I
Principles of Auditing
Fall
ACCT 510I
Advanced Cost Accounting
Spring
ACCT 521I
Business Law and the Search for Non-Obvious Liabilities
Fall, Spring
ACCT 522I
Advanced Federal Taxation
Fall
ACCT 532I
Audit Simulation
Spring
ACCT 562GHI
Technology for Accountants and IFRS
Fall, Spring
ACCT 572I
Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities
Fall
ACCT 515
Ethics for Professional Accountants
Spring

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Select four from:

Course Course Title Usually Offered
ACCT (I)
Any ACCT (I) course listed above
Fall, Spring
ECON, MIS, FIN
Any approved non-acct business courses
Fall, Spring, Sum

 

A list of potential non-accounting business electives is available in Courses. Please note that availability is not guaranteed and will change between semesters. Please see your Program Coordinator for a current list of approved courses.


 

Program Length

The MSA program length will vary between students and will depend on the number of prerequisites completed prior to admission as well as number of courses taken each semester.

The minimum program length is two semesters and will most likely apply to full-time students with undergraduate accounting degrees from US institutions. All graduate coursework must be completed within 6 years of starting the program.

Sample Schedules

Sample schedules below provide program structures for different student situations.

Accounting Undergraduate, U.S. University, Completed Prerequisites:

Fall Spring
ACCT 522I
ACCT 521I
ACCT 531I
ACCT 501I
ACCT 561I
ACCT 510I
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Waived, Summer Start Date:

Summer Fall Spring
ACCT 500H
ACCT 522I
ACCT 501I
ACCT 500I
ACCT 531I
ACCT 521I
ACCT 520I
ACCT 561I
ACCT 510I
 
ACCT 310
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
 
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Waived, Fall Start Date:

Fall Spring Fall
ACCT 310
ACCT 500I
ACCT 501I
ACCT 500H
ACCT 521I
ACCT 522I
ACCT 520I
ACCT 561I
ACCT 554I
ACCT 531I
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
 

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Required, Summer Start Date:

Summer Fall Spring Fall
ACCT 200
ACCT 500H
ACCT 500I
ACCT 501I
ACCT 210
ACCT 520I
ACCT 561I
ACCT 522I
 
ACCT 310
ACCT 521I
ACCT 554I
 
ACCT 531I
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
   
Acct/Non-Acct Elective
Acct/Non-Acct Elective

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Required, Fall Start Date:

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring
ACCT 521I
ACCT 500H
ACCT 310
ACCT 522I
ACCT 501I
ACCT 599
ACCT 520I
ACCT 500I
ACCT 531I
ACCT 561I
Non-Acct Elective
Non-Acct Elective
 
ACCT 554I
 
 Non-Acct Elective  Non-Acct Elective
 
   

 

Note: the sample schedules are only given as examples of possible course combinations. If admitted, each student will meet with a Program Coordinator to plan out a program track that will meet the student's individual situation and needs.