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​Master of Science in Accounting Program

The MS in Accounting (MSA) at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business is a 30-credit program (18 credits for core courses plus 12 credits for electives) that can be completed by most students in less than a year.

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Students are enrolled full time during the summer, and participate in an 18-credit core. Electives are the remaining 12 credits, and can be taken at the student’s pace. All students must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in business. Prerequisite accounting courses include, Introduction to Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting 1 & 2, and Tax Accounting. (For international students, the tax course must have focused on taxes in the United States.)

Core Curriculum

Students will take an 18-credit summer core curriculum on a full-time basis. The core curriculum features a deliberate blend of advanced accounting and integrated business disciplines.

  • Accounting Information Systems (2 credits)
  • International Accounting (3 credits)
  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
  • Business and Technical Presentations (1.5 credits)
  • Business Writing for Managers (1.5 credits)
  • Professional Ethics, Responsibility, and Liability for CPAs (4 credits)
  • Strategic Business and Tax Planning (3 credits)

Elective Curriculum

Students in the MSA program also will take one, 3-credit elective in entrepreneurship and 9 credits of other electives. These courses may be taken at the student’s pace.

  • Graduate Level Entrepreneurship Course (3 credits)
  • Graduate Level Electives Courses are either 3 or 1.5 credits

Learn more about the curriculum and view course descriptions (pdf) »