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Our Master of Science in Accounting program provides you with an excellent preparation for a career in accounting, auditing and taxation.

We accept a variety of undergraduate majors, including accounting, business and even majors outside of business. A combination of coursework and internship opportunities will provide you with a strong theoretical foundation in accounting with an understanding of practical application. 

Your analytical problem solving and communication skills will develop through case studies, team and individual projects and “hands-on” activities. Our goal is to prepare you for responsible leadership positions in public, private, nonprofit and government accounting. 

Upon program completion, you will meet the educational qualifications for the CPA, CMA and other professional examinations, including the educational requirement for sitting for the CPA exam in the state of Ohio. ​

Curriculum

Our curriculum provides you with advanced accounting coursework in traditional areas with the opportunity to specialize in assurance services, taxation or a combination of the two. If you have an undergraduate accounting major, you can complete the MS in Accounting program in 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. If you do not have an undergraduate accounting degree, you can complete the MS in Accounting in 51 credit hours or less.

1. Undergraduate Accounting Core

You must complete the undergraduate accounting core, either in an undergraduate program or once you arrive at Kent State. You may take undergraduate accounting courses concurrently with graduate courses provided all pre-requisites are met. The core courses are required regardless of any work experience within the accounting profession.

Undergraduate Accounting Core Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 33001 Corporate Accounting I 3
ACCT 33004 Introduction to Accounting Systems 3
ACCT 33010 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 33012 Corporate Accounting II 3
ACCT 43010 Principles of Audit and Control 3
ACCT 43031 Income Taxation 3
FIN 36072 Law of Commercial Transactions 3
Total Hours 21

2. MSA Program Graduate Course Requirements

The MSA program requires 30 hours of graduate coursework. The program requirements include 5 graduate accounting courses (15 hours), 3 courses (9 hours) in an Accounting Concentration (either Assurance Services or Taxation), and 3 graduate business and economics courses (6 hours). If you prefer, you and your advisor can design a 9 hour concentration that best fits your career goals. If you have already taken one or more of the required graduate accounting courses in your undergraduate accounting program, you will substitute an accounting elective for each course.

Required Graduate Accounting Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 53014 Advanced Accounting Systems 3
ACCT 53020 Corporate Accounting III 3
ACCT 53033 Income Taxation II 3
ACCT 53034 Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing 3
ACCT 63022 Professional Issues and Ethics in Accounting 3
Total Hours 13

Concentrations

(Choose one concentration, or design your own)
Assurance Services

Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 63031 Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice 3
ACCT 63024 IT Audit and Control 3
And one of the following courses:
ACCT 63025 Analysis & Valuation of Business using Financial Statements 3
ACCT 63030 International Accounting 3
ACCT 53087 International Accounting Experience 3
ACCT 59095 Special Topics in Accounting 3
ACCT 60392 Accounting Internship 3
-OR-
ACCT 63042 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders 3
ACCT 63043 Taxation of Partnerships and Partners 3
ACCT 63045 Tax Research and Planning 3
Total Hours 9

Required Graduate Business Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
MIS 64005 Analytics for Decision Making 2
ECON 62021 Global Conditions and Macroeconomics Policy 2
FIN 66060 Managerial Finance 2
Total Hours 6
Total Graduate Hours for MSA Program 30

Admissions

1. ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to the M.S. in Accounting program requires acceptable scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), an above-average overall grade point average, an above-average accounting grade point average (if applicable) and may include a personal or telephone interview. We also evaluate each applicant’s communication skills, work experience and recommendations provided by instructors, colleagues and supervisors. Admission decisions are based on a combination of these factors. Some of these are listed below:

  • Evidence of scholarly accomplishment as shown by a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Acceptable scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), with the exception discussed below. A minimum score of 500 is required for admission. Attaining the 40th percentile or higher on both the GMAT verbal and quantitative scores is also usually required. General information on the GMAT is available on the MBA website. We do not accept GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores. The GMAT requirement is waived for recent (within 5 years) KSU undergraduate accounting graduates with a minimum 3.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.5 accounting GPA (includes ACCT 23020, 23021, and ALL attempts of upper division accounting courses).
  • A resume listing previous work experiences and accomplishments. Although not required, work experience is considered favorably in the admissions process.
  • Official transcripts from all universities previously attended.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, used to assess academic or job performance.
  • A written response to the essay prompt: “Discuss your objectives and reasons for pursing an advanced degree. Indicate your career plans upon completion of graduate study." This response is used to assess goals and objectives as well as written communication skills.
  • A non-refundable application fee ($45 for domestic students, $70 for international students).
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are also required to submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Kent State University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for admission to all graduate programs (the computer adaptive test minimum is 213; 79-80 IBT; and 6.0 IELTS). The Department of Accounting normally requires a higher minimum TOEFL score for admission to the MSA program. We consider component scores as well as overall scores. For more information regarding international admissions, please visit the webpage of the Office of Global Education.
  • All applications are accepted online. Start an application.

We consider applications as they become complete and attempt to respond within four weeks.

2. Application Deadlines

International Students

  • Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters: March 1

Domestic Students

  • Fall semester: July 1
  • Spring semester: December 1
  • Summer semester: May 1

Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.

3. M.S. in Accounting Profile: Class of 2015

  • Average GMAT--560
  • Average GPA--3.44
  • Average Work Experience--4 months
  • Average Age--23 years
  • Percent Female--50%
  • International Students--33%

4. FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

The cost of the M.S. in Accounting program depends on the length and number of credit hours of your program.

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A limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded to M.S. in Accounting students. You can apply at any time, but assistantships are only awarded in April for the following academic year. The application deadline for a graduate assistantship is March 1. Graduate assistantships include a tuition scholarship to cover all tuition and instructional fees and a $4,000 stipend for the academic year. 

The Accounting Department also offers merit-based scholarships. Current undergraduate accounting majors can apply for scholarships to apply to their graduate programs and continuing graduate students can apply as well. Applications are available in January and are due on February 1. 

Loans and grants may be available to graduate students. Contact the KSU Financial Aid office for more information. 

The Accountancy Board of Ohio and state and national CPA organizations also offer scholarships for students in graduate programs who are preparing for to take the CPA exam as they enter careers in accounting. Visit the following sites for more information:

5. THE BBA/MSA PROGRAM

Opportunities for double counting courses and provisional admission are provided to Kent State University undergraduate accounting students with outstanding records or individuals with exemplary professional credentials. Undergraduate 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 M.S. in Accounting program. Five undergraduate courses are available as so-called “slash” courses: ACCT 43013, 43014, 43020, 43033, 43034 and 43078. The graduate-level equivalents are: ACCT 53013, 53014, 53020, 53033, 53034, and 53078. A student who is provisionally admitted takes the 53000 level courses to count as both BBA and MSA hours toward the respective degrees. A maximum of 12 hours may be counted towards both the BBA and MSA degrees. 

Career Placement

You will have many opportunities to meet prospective employers and develop life-long professional networks. The College of Business Administration has a dedicated Career Services Office that will provide you with career advising and career development workshops to develop an effective resume, cover letter and prepare you for successful interviewing.

Each September the College of Business Administration hosts a Meet the Accountants Night, an accounting career fair focused on internships and full-time positions with over 40 accounting employers in attendance. Soon after this event, internship and full time interviews are held on campus. The College of Business Administration's faculty and career advisors are here to help you build the professional connections that you will need from your first position and throughout your future career.

Employers that recruit College of Business Administration accounting graduates include:

Public Accounting Firms:

  • 415 Group, Inc.
  • Apple Growth Partners
  • Barnes Wendling CPAs
  • BDO USA, LLP
  • Bober, Markey Fedorovich
  • Card, Palmer, Sibbison & Company
  • CBIS.Mayer Hoffman McCann
  • Ciuni & Panichi
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • Cohen & Company
  • Corrigan Krause
  • Crowe Horwath
  • D'Amore Tatman
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Ernst & Young
  • Godfrey & Wing Inc.
  • Grant Thornton
  • Hill, Barth, & King
  • HW&Co.
  • KPMG
  • Long, Cook & Samsa Inc.
  • Maloney + Novotny
  • Meaden & Moore
  • Novogradac
  • Pease & Associates
  • Plante & Moran, PLLC
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Rea & Associates
  • RSM US LLP
  • Ryan & Associates
  • Sherritt & Associates
  • Skoda, Minotti & Co.
  • Sikich LLP
  • Walthall CPAs
  • Zinner & Co. LLP

Corporations:

  • A. Schulman
  • Cliffs Natural Resources
  • The Davey Tree Expert Company
  • Diebold, Incorporated
  • ERICO International Corporation
  • FirstEnergy
  • Goodyear
  • Hyster-Yale Material Handling
  • J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • JoAnn Stores
  • KeyBank
  • Larmco Windows
  • National Interstate
  • Olympic Steel
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Quicken Loans
  • Schaeffer Metal Products, Inc.
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Smithers-Oasis Company
  • The J.M. Smucker Company
  • The Timken Company

Non-Profit Organizations and Governmental Units and Agencies:

  • Auditor of the State of Ohio
  • The Cleveland Clinic
  • Defense Finance & Accounting Services (DFAS)
  • FBI
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Kent State University
  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Core faculty for the M.S. in Accounting Program:

DR. LINDA ZUCCA, CPA

Ph.D, Case Western Reserve University
Department Chair
M.S. Coordinator
Instructs: ACCT 63022 Professional Issues and Ethics in Accounting

DR. PERVAIZ ALAM, CPA

Ph.D., University of Houston
Ph.D. Coordinator
Instructs: ACCT 53013 Advanced Management Accounting

PROFESSOR MARK ALTIERI, JD, CPA

LL.M., New York University
Instructs: ACCT 53033 Income Taxation II; ACCT 63042 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders;
ACCT 63043 Taxation of Partnerships and Partners

DR. RINI LAKSMANA, CPA

Ph.D., Georgia State University
Instructs: ACCT 53020 Corporate Accounting III

DR. WEI LI, CPA

Ph.D., Washington State University
Instructs: ACCT 53095 Internal Audit and Forensic Accounting

PROFESSOR MINDY MALBASA, CPA

MTax, The University of Akron
Instructs: ACCT 63045 Tax Planning and Research

PROFESSOR JOHN ROSE, CPA, CGMA

MBA, Kent State University
Instructs: ACCT 63031 Advanced Auditing

DR. DREW SELLERS, CMA

E.D.M., Case Western Reserve University
Instructs: ACCT 53014 Advanced Accounting Systems

PROFESSOR JOHN WRONKOVICH, CPA

MBA, Kent State University
Instructs: ACCT 63024 IT Audit and Control

PROFESSOR DAVID YOUNG, CPA

MSA, Kent State University
Instructs: ACCT 53034 Nonprofit Accounting and Auditing

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