There are two curriculum tracks to suit students from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. All MSA students must complete an undergraduate accounting core. For those students without an undergraduate degree in accounting, the following courses are required as part of the MSA program, and can be taken concurrently with graduate courses provided all pre-requisites are met:
Students who meet all requirements for the undergraduate accounting core may progress immediately to the graduate-level courses of the MSA program. The graduate-level courses are broken down into four categories:1. Accounting Courses- these courses hone your accounting skills while teaching the most up-to-date practices of the profession. (15 credit hours)
3. Concentrations - students in the MSA program can choose to concentrate in two areas of study - Assurance Services or Taxation. (Six credit hours)
ACCT 63042 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
ACCT 63043 Taxation of Partnerships and Partners
4. One "Free" Elective Course - the "Free" Elective Course gives students the flexibility to choose a course of study that most piques their interest.
Some of the approved electives allow students to gain experience in Finance, Economics, Research, or an internship. Graduate courses outside of the College of Business must be approved by the MSA Coordinator. (Three credit hours)
Double counting courses and provisional admission are provided to Kent State University undergraduate accounting students with outstanding records or individuals with exemplary professional credentials. The application for admission into the MSA program should marginally note that the application is to the BBA/MSA program. Application forms are available from the Graduate Programs Office (A310 BSA).
Note: The application for provisional admission must be complete and be in the hands of the Graduate Programs Office prior to the normal MSA application deadline date to be approved for the following semester. Provisional admission does not guarantee ultimate admission to the MSA program. The student must meet the normal admissions requirements.
Students in or entering their senior year who have completed 105 semester hours and have a 3.2 or higher overall GPA and accounting major GPA (or have completed less than 105 semester hours and have a 3.3 or higher GPA) may obtain provisional admission to the MSA program.
Five undergraduate courses are available as so-called "slash" courses: ACCT 43013, 43014, 43020, 43033 and 43034. The graduate-level equivalents are: ACCT 53013, 53014, 53020, 53033, and 53034.
A student who is provisionally admitted would take the 53000 level courses and these would count as both BBA and MSA hours. A maximum of 12 hours may be counted towards both the BBA and MSA degrees.