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Mark P. Altieri, J.D., LL.M. (in Taxation), CPA/PFS
Director, Master of Science in Accounting program
Kent State University College of Business Administration

The Master of Science in Accounting program provides excellent preparation for a career in accounting, auditing and taxation. An undergraduate degree in Accounting is not required. A combination of coursework and internship opportunities provides a strong theoretical foundation in accounting with an understanding of practical application. Graduates of the program hold responsible leadership positions in public, private, nonprofit and government accounting.

  • Analytical problem solving and communication skills developed through case studies, team and individual projects and “hands-on” activities
  • 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 upon program completion

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The Master of Science in Accounting curriculum Kent State University provides 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.

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

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 15



(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
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

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Master of Science (MS) in Accounting 

Professor Mark P. Altieri, J.D., LL.M. (in Taxation), CPA/PFS: Director, MS in Accounting Program
LL.M., New York University

Dr. Pervaiz Alam, CPA
Ph.D., University of Houston

Dr. Rini Laksmana, CPA
Ph.D., Georgia State University

Dr. Wei Li, CPA
Ph.D., Washington State University

Professor Mindy Malbasa, CPA
MTax, The University of Akron

Professor John Rose, CPA, CGMA
MBA, Kent State University

Dr. Drew Sellers, CMA
E.D.M., Case Western Reserve University

Professor John Wronkovich, CPA
MBA, Kent State University

Professor David Young, CPA
MSA, Kent State University

Dr. Linda Zucca, CPA
Ph.D, Case Western Reserve University


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Masters in Accounting, Business Analytics and Economics

Tuition, Fees and Financial Assistance

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. 

Kent State University Graduate Tuition*

Ohio resident: $5,655 per semester

Non-Ohio resident: $10,198 per semester

* based on 11-18 credit hours (one semester for a full-time student). Program and special course fees are additional. A $515 per credit hour fee applies to all enrolled semester hours above 18 credits.   

Financial assistance available:

Merit-based scholarships

Merit-based Graduate Assistantships   

Loans and Work Study (domestic students only)

Employer Tuition Reimbursement (applicants should check with their employer to see if this benefit is offered)

* The tuition and fee information provided reflects, at a glance, generalized rates and is intended to act as a guide. Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. Detailed information regarding tuition and fees can be found in the University Fee Register.

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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%


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 begins March 1 and continues until all the awards are made. 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. 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:


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. 

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Master of Science (MS) in Accounting 

Mark P. Altieri, J.D., LL.M. (in Taxation), CPA/PFS: Director, MS in Accounting program
 330-672-1114 Professor Altieri's Office 
 330-672-2282 Graduate Programs Office

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