The Master of Accounting (M.Acc.) degree program is intended for students preparing to enter the accounting profession as well as for those seeking to further their existing accounting careers. It is designed to accommodate both undergraduate accounting majors and students with other undergraduate backgrounds.  The M.Acc. degree will satisfy the minimum education requirements to be eligible to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Missouri.

The M.Acc. program may require as few as 30 hours  (requirements C and D) for students that earned a recent undergraduate accounting  degree but will require additional hours for students with little previous accounting study and even more for students with no previous business and accounting study.
 
Many of our students are working full time, so many of the upper level classes are scheduled in the evening.
 
Undergraduate Accounting Prerequisite Courses:
Professional Accounting Core (24 credits; 18 upper level accounting credits)  
ACCTNG 2400, Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
ACCTNG 2410, Managerial Accounting
ACCTNG 3401, Financial Accounting & Reporting I
ACCTNG 3402, Financial Accounting & Reporting II
ACCTNG 3421, Accounting Information Systems ACCTNG 3411, Cost Accounting
ACCTNG 3441, Income Taxes
 
Master of Accounting Curriculum:
A.)  General Business (18 credits)
These requirements may be waived with appropriate undergraduate courses.
 
Quantitative Methods:
LOGOM 5300 Statistical Analysis for Management Decisions
 
Finance Requirement:
FINANCE 6500 Financial Management
 
Choose four courses from the following list:
BUS AD 5100 Managerial Communication
BUS AD 5900 Law, Ethics and Business
BUS AD 6990 Strategy Formulation and Implementation
INFSYS 5800 Management Information Systems
LOM 5320 Production and Operations Management
MGMT 5600 Organizational Behavior and Administrative Processes
MKTG 5700 Contemporary Marketing Concepts
 
C) M.Acc. Degree Requirements (15 credits)
*These requirements may be waived with appropriate undergraduate courses. If courses are waived, students must take additional accounting electives to meet the minimum credit hour requirement.
ACCTNG 4401, Financial Accounting & Reporting III* ACCTNG 4402, Financial Accounting & Reporting IV* ACCTNG 4435, Auditing*
 
Students must complete one course from the following graduate topics courses:
ACCTNG 5403, Graduate Topics in Financial Accounting
ACCTNG 5412, Graduate Topics in Managerial Accounting:  Controllership
ACCTNG 5435, Graduate Topics in Auditing
ACCTNG 6441, Graduate Topics in Taxation
 
Students must complete one course from the following research courses:
ACCTNG 5402, Professional Accounting Research
ACCTNG 5406, Accounting Research & Professional Writing
ACCTNG 5441, Tax Research
 
D.) Electives (15 credits)
Students must complete 15 credits of electives.  At least six hours of these electives must be accounting electives.  The other 9 credits can come from either the accounting list or the business list shown below. 

Accounting Electives:
 
ACCTNG 5402, Professional Accounting Research
ACCTNG 5403, Graduate Topics in Financial Accounting
ACCTNG 5406, Accounting Research & Professional Writing
ACCTNG 5408, Fraud Examination
ACCTNG 5412, Graduate Topics in Managerial Accounting:  Controllership
ACCTNG 5435, Graduate Topics in Auditing ACCTNG 5436, Systems Auditing
ACCTNG 5441, Tax Research
ACCTNG 5446, Advanced Topics in Taxation ACCTNG 5480, International Accounting
ACCTNG 5490, Graduate Accounting Internship ACCTNG 5491, Contemporary Issues in Accountancy ACCTNG 5498, Graduate Topics in Accounting ACCTNG 5499, Individual Research in Accounting ACCTNG 6441, Graduate Topics in Taxation
 
Non-Accounting Business Electives:
Any BUS AD 5000 and above Any FINANCE 5500 and above Any INFSYS 5800 and above
Any LOG OM 5300 and above
Any MGMT 5600 and above Any MKTG 5700 and above
 
All M.Acc. degree students must complete at least 15 hours in accounting (a minimum of 12 hours at the 5000-level).  To plan your course of study, consult an advisor to determine when specific courses will be available as some courses are not offered every year.

Please check the university’s website for specific courses and course descriptions.

Would you like to attend an information session to learn about graduate business degree programs? You can leave a copy of your transcripts and an advisor will contact you concerning the requirements for the program.

Click here to sign up for a graduate business information session.

Would you like to apply for admission online?

A complete application includes official transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of reference, and an official report of your score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Learn more about the GMAT at http://www.gmat.org/. Students planning to enter the MAcc program are strongly encouraged to complete their application, including the GMAT, several months before entering the graduate program. Students admitted earlier have greater flexibility in scheduling graduate courses. 

Applicants who hold a BS in Accounting from UMSL with excellent grades who meet the stated application deadlines may be eligible for Early Admission and not need to provide GMAT scores.