Accounting Graduate Programs

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Graduate Programs

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Tax Accounting

Admission Requirements

  1. Receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with at least a GPA of 2.8 and
  2. At least a 450 score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). This test is offered throughout the year. Test results are available approximately two weeks after the testing date.
  3. If numbers 1and 2 are not met, a formula is used. The formula is (200 x GPA) + GMAT score. The formula must total at least 1050 using the overall GPA or the GPA for the last 60 hours.
  4. Students who do not meet the above criteria may request that their application be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee.
  5. International students must provide an acceptable TOEFL score.

Foundation Courses

The graduate programs build on the students' technical competence in undergraduate accounting and business courses. To provide a background for successful study at the graduate level, a series of foundation courses or their equivalents must be completed before enrolling in courses for graduate credit. View the Foundation Courses page for a list of required course for a degree.


Concentrations in specialized fields of study can be obtained under the non-tax Master of Science program. Each concentration consists of 3 or 4 specific courses. These courses fill the required accounting or non-accounting electives in the Master's programs; thus, no additional hours of course work are required to obtain a concentration. 

Course concentrations can be achieved in three areas:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Finance