Master of Science in Accounting (Online)


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Earn Your Master’s in Accounting Online 

Features of Our Online Accounting Master’s Program

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Are you interested in taking your career to the next level by pursuing your master’s in accounting? At Kent State University, our online master’s in accountancy gives you the opportunity to earn your degree at your own pace and convenience from virtually anywhere.

Our online M.S. in Accounting is about much more than just debts and credits. The program we offer promotes critical thinking, hands-on application of technology, communication skills and ethical decision making. In addition to experiencing personal and professional growth, our students will enjoy the following features of our online master’s degree in accounting:

  • A flexible approach
  • Outstanding faculty of leading executives and expert scholars
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Ability to learn at your convenience
  • Preparation for future careers
  • Accounting degree not required
  • Qualify to take CPA exam and more
  • Meet individually with your advisors each semester
  • Networking with industry professionals

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Launch Your Career with Kent State’s Master’s in Accounting Online

When you choose to enroll in the master’s in accounting online program at Kent State, you are opening the door to many successful and fulfilling career opportunities. Graduates from our program pursue careers in the following:

  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Fraud investigation
  • Law enforcement
  • Investment banking
  • Management
  • Consulting

MSA graduates sit for a variety of professional certifications, e.g., CPA, CMA, CISA, CFE and CIA. The Master of Science in Accounting degree provides a great foundation for career advancement and growing your professional network.

Please refer to the most recent academic requirements for admission to the CPA exam issued by the applicable state, e.g., Accountancy Board of Ohio.

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MSA Curriculum Summary

The Online M.S. in Accounting curriculum at Kent State University provides an advanced accounting coursework core and a variety of electives that afford you the opportunity to structure a concentration tailored to your needs.

With our flexible online approach, students have the ability to take courses at their own pace from virtually anywhere in the world.

Core Accounting Courses 12 credit hours
Accounting Electives Courses 9 - 12 credit hours
Non - accounting Elective Courses 6 - 9 credit hours
Total number of credits 30 credit hours

The accelerated program can be completed in as little as two semesters by students with an undergraduate accounting degree. The M.S. in Accounting program can be completed 100% online or with a mix of online and in-person classes. If you do not have an undergraduate accounting degree, you can complete the M.S. in Accounting in 51 credit hours or less. The program is flexible and affordable with students starting in either the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Students attend full time or part time as best fits their specific needs. A Combined Degree option with the KSU Accounting BBA program is available.


  Ohio Residents  Non-Ohio Residents    
Below 11 Credit Hours     $536 per credit hour     $999 per credit hour
11-18 Credit Hours  $5,896 $10,989

* Estimate tution shown as of Fall 2022; see KSU tuition calculations at

All Online MSA students have a $15 per credit hour distance learning fee in addition to the above tuition rate.

Curriculum Structure


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Online Master’s in Accountancy Admission



Applicants who have earned or are in the process of earning an equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in ANY major from an accredited institution (AACSB accredited preferred) are welcome to apply for our M.S.A. program. 
Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors. Required documents are listed below:

  • Minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA. on a 4.00-point scale and a Minimum 3.00 accounting GPA., if applicable. Additional coursework may be required for the M.S.A. degree if applicants do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting.
  • Official transcripts from all universities previously attended.
  • A résumé listing previous work experiences and accomplishments. Although not required, work experience is considered favorably in the admissions process.
  • A goal statement with no more than 500 words discussing goals and objectives in pursuing an M.S.A. degree, related work experience (if any), and any other relevant information. 
  • A non-refundable application fee ($45 for domestic students, $70 for international students).
  • All applications are accepted online. 

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  • 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.


In your research you will find Kent State offers best-value programs compared with several other universities with Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, the top credential for business schools.

The cost of the online M.S. in Accounting program depends on the length and number of credit hours of your program. Tuition & Fees information available here.

Merit-based scholarships are available to MSA applicants and students – subject to funds availability.

Loans and grants may be available to graduate students. Visit the KSU Student Financial Aid website 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:


The MSA program is entirely online; therefore, we cannot issue I-20s to online students. We accept international students currently living in the US or international applicants who can take our online courses in their home country. 

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 Office of Global Education website.

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


To help the Admission Committee make decisions, applicants may also submit additional materials such as: 

  • Two letters of recommendation, used to assess academic or job performance. 
  • Scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). General information on the GMAT is available on the GMAT website.


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 undergraduate students in their junior year who have completed 90 semester hours with a 3.3 or higher overall GPA and accounting major GPA) may obtain provisional admission to the M.S. in Accounting program.

Five undergraduate courses are available as so-called “slash” courses: ACCT 43009, 43013, 43020, 43033 and 43043. The graduate-level equivalents are: ACCT 53009, 53013, 53020, 53033 and 53043. 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 9 hours may be counted towards both the BBA and MSA degrees. 

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Questions about the program? Contact Kent State today and we will be in touch soon. If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, apply to earn your online master’s in accountancy!


Mason McLeodMason McLeod
Admissions Coordinator







 R. Drew Sellers, CMA
 Coordinator, MS in Accounting program
 330-672-2282 Graduate Programs Office



Roberto Chavez
Graduate Programs Director