Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

General

Program Description

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a 30-credit degree program designed to help students from different backgrounds to become capable of accounting professionals. This degree allows students who have an accounting undergraduate degrees to broaden their business knowledge with coursework in information systems and finance. Students who are newer to accounting can gain the skills to pursue a career in the field. In this degree, students can pursue either a professional accountancy option or an accounting information systems option.

Students generally are admitted to the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program each fall semester.

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MSA Course Work

Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees from regionally accredited institutions (or international equivalents) must complete certain foundation courses to be prepared for more advanced graduate classwork. Pre-MSA Foundation courses and pre-MSA financial reporting courses are listed below. Those who need pre-MSA foundation-level and pre-MSA financial reporting courses can start those in the summer.  The course level (grad or undergrad) and college where you take the courses are flexible. However, it is advisable to attend an accredited business school.

Students who already have completed similar courses at the undergraduate or graduate level may apply for waivers. Applications for waivers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, considering such factors as the student’s background, work experience, grades earned, and dates when similar courses were taken. Contact the School of Accountancy for guidance on waiving coursework or other program questions.

Students with accounting degrees from AACSB-accredited business schools are not required to complete foundation courses, provided they earned an overall GPA in the accounting of 2.5 or better. Students who do not satisfy this criterion may be required to complete selected foundation courses specified by the chair of the School of Accountancy.

International Student Applications

It is recommended that international students apply one month prior to these dates to allow time for admission and I-20 visa processing.  I-20 forms are processed by UA Immigration Services in the International Center, Buchtel Hall. Proof of English Proficiency is required by producing an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score.

Start Dates

  • Fall - August: 8/24/2020
  • Spring - January: 1/11/2021
  • Summer Intersession and 8 week 1: 5/17/2021
  • Summer 5 week 1 and 8 week 2: 6/7/2021
  • Summer 5 week 2: 7/12/2021

NOTE: Summer has multiple terms: Most summer classes are offered online. So International students who want to start in summer could take those classes online prior to coming to the United States for the Fall semester. US ICE requirements expect international students to take in-person courses in the first semester in the United States which cannot be done at UA in the summer.

Last updated May 2020

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