Master of Science in Accounting

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 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.

John Rose, CPA, CFE, CGMA

Coordinator, Master of Science in Accounting program



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Course Overview

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 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.

For the academic year 2020 – 2021, the program is partially on campus. Beginning fall 2021 (academic year 2021 – 2022), the program will be 100% online.

Curriculum Structure

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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. In certain circumstances, we may accept a GRE score in lieu of GMAT scores. GMAT requirement will be waived for recent (within five years) Kent State University undergraduate accounting graduates with a minimum 3.20 major GPA. The GMAT requirement may be similar waived for non-KSU graduates, subject to approval by the program director.
  • 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.



  • Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters: March 1


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

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 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. 


John Rose, CPA, CFE, CGMA
Coordinator, M.S. Accounting
MBA, Kent State University

Dr. Shunlan Fang, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Temple University

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

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

Mindy Nett, CPA
MTax, The University of Akron

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

Dr. Wendy Tietz, CPA, CMA, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Kent State University

John Wronkovich, CPA
MBA, Kent State University


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 John Rose, CPA, CFE, CGMA
 Coordinator, MS in Accounting program
 330-672-2282 Graduate Programs Office


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