M.S. Accounting | College of Business Administration | Kent State University

M.S. 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 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

Mark P. Altieri, J.D., LL.M. (in Taxation), CPA/PFS

Director, Master of Science in Accounting program


Course Overview

The Master of Science in Accounting curriculum at 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.


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. 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.



  • 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.


  • 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. 


Tuition and Fees

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. 

As of Fall 2018:

Domestic Students: $525 per credit hour
International Students: $979 per credit hour

More Tuition & Fees information available here.

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships:

Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available. These awards are very competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Graduate assistantships consist of a tuition waiver and stipend paid for work performed in the department.


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


Contact Us

 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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