The Master of Science in Accounting curriculum at Kent State University provides advanced accounting coursework with the opportunity to structure a concentration tailored to your needs.

If you have an undergraduate accounting major, you can complete the 30-credit hours of the MS in Accounting program in as little as two semesters full-time. If you do not have an undergraduate accounting degree, you can complete the MS in Accounting in 51 credit hours or less.



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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 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 33004 Intro to Accounting Systems 3
ACCT 33010 Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 33012 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 43010 Principles of Auditing 3
ACCT 43031 Income Taxation – Individual Taxation 3
FIN 36072 Law of Commercial Transactions 3
Total Hours 21

MSA Program Graduate Course Requirements

The MSA program requires 30 hours of graduate coursework. The program requirements include 4 graduate accounting courses (12 hours), 3 or 4 graduate accounting electives (9 – 12 hours), and 2 or 3 graduate non-accounting business electives (6 – 9 hours). If you have already taken one or more of the required graduate accounting courses in your undergraduate accounting program, you will substitute a graduate accounting elective for each course.

Required Graduate Accounting Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 53009 Accounting Data Analytics 3
ACCT 53020 Advanced Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 53033 Income Taxation II - Entity Taxation 3
ACCT 63022 Professional Issues and Ethics in Accounting 3
Total Hours 12


Accounting Electives

Three or Four Accounting Electives from the Following List

Course Title Credit Hours
ACCT 53013 Advanced Managerial Accounting 3
ACCT 53095 Special Topics: Accounting 3
ACCT 63024 IT Audit: Controls and Analytics 3
ACCT 53043 Internal Audit and Forensic Accounting 3
ACCT 63031 Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice 3
ACCT 63045 Tax Planning and Research 3
Total Hours 9 or 12

Two or Three Non-Accounting Electives (3 credits each)

 The MSA program provides students option to focus electives in a particular discipline or choose electives from multiple areas (6 or 9 credit hours):

  • Business Analytics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • International Business

Non-accounting electives are selected in consultation with the MSA coordinator.

Total Combined Hours for MSA Program: 30


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