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Master of Science in Accounting
Course Delivery

100% online

Total Credits


Approximate Tuition Cost

$12,100 full-time
$16,500 part-time


Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accounting degree is for students interested in specializing in accounting. More than just debits and credits, the MSA program promotes critical thinking, hands-on application of technology, effective communication skills, and ethical decision-making. It prepares future professionals for challenging and rewarding careers.

Graduates pursue careers in auditing, taxation, fraud investigation, law enforcement, investment banking, management, and consulting.

The flexible combination of required coursework in accounting and electives from a wide variety of business disciplines provides students with a strong foundation in accounting, as well as an understanding of the practical applications of the discipline across all facets of the business. MSA graduates sit for a variety of professional certifications, e.g., CPA, CMA, CISA, CFE, CIA. The Master of Science in Accounting degree provides a great foundation for career advancement and growing your professional network.

Accreditation:The online MSA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The MSA program is among fewer than 2% of business schools worldwide to hold dual AACSB Accreditation in business and accounting.


Program Structure

Online MS in Accounting Program Structure

  • 30 minimum credit hours
  • 10 courses
  • Additional coursework may be required for the M.S.A. degree if the student does not have an undergraduate degree in accounting
  • The Master of Science in Accounting curriculum provides advanced accounting coursework with the opportunity to structure a concentration tailored to your needs
  • See Accounting Department website for scholarship opportunities


Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
  • Minimum 3.000 accounting GPA, if applicable
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 500 overall GMAT, minimum 40th percentile in verbal and quantitative sections1
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (effective Spring 2022, two letters of recommendation will be required)
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score (internet-based version)
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English score

1Effective Spring 2022, the minimum score will no longer be required and the GMAT or GRE requirement will be waived for applicants with a recent (within five years) Kent State accounting degree and a minimum 3.200 accounting major GPA. Applicants with a recent (within five years) non-Kent State degree, subject to approval by the Department of Accounting.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies admission website. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website

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Important Dates


Classes Begin

Spring 2023 Semester


Classes Begin

Summer 2023 Semester


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 (21 total credit hours):
ACCT 33001 Intermediate Accounting I (3 credit hours)
ACCT 33004 Intro to Accounting Systems (3 credit hours)
ACCT 33010 Cost Accounting (3 credit hours)
ACCT 33012 Intermediate Accounting II (3 credit hours)
ACCT 43010 Principles of Auditing (3 credit hours)
ACCT 43031 Income Taxation – Individual Taxation (3 credit hours)
FIN 36072 Law of Commercial Transactions (3 credit hours)

MSA Program Graduate Course Requirements

The MSA program requires 30 hours of graduate coursework. The program requirements include 4 graduate accounting courses (12 hours), 3 to 4 graduate accounting electives (9 to 12 hours), and 2 to 3 graduate non-accounting business electives (6 to 9 hours). 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 (12 total credit hours):
ACCT 53009 Accounting Data Analytics (3 credit hours)
ACCT 53020 Advanced Financial Accounting (3 credit hours)
ACCT 53033 Income Taxation II - Entity Taxation (3 credit hours)
ACCT 63022 Professional Issues and Ethics in Accounting (3 credit hours)

Accounting Electives

Three or Four Accounting Electives from the Following List (9-12 total credit hours):
ACCT 53013 Advanced Management Accounting (3 credit hours)
ACCT 53043 Internal Audit and Fraud Examination (3 credit hours)
ACCT 53095 Special Topics: Accounting (3 credit hours)
ACCT 63024 Information Technology Audit: Controls and Analytics (3 credit hours)
ACCT 63025 Analysis and Valuation of Business Using Financial Statements (3 credit hours)
ACCT 63031 Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice (3 credit hours)
ACCT 63045 Tax Planning and Research (3 credit hours)

Non-Accounting Electives (3 credits each):
The MSA program provides students the option to focus electives in a particular discipline or choose electives from multiple areas (6-9 credit hours):

  • Economics (ECON 50000 or 60000 level) Elective Course
  • Finance (FIN 50000 or 60000 level) Elective Course
  • Management and Information Systems (MIS 50000 or 60000 level) Elective Course

Non-accounting electives are selected in consultation with the MSA coordinator. Minimum Total Credit Hours for MSA Program: 30

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Non-Ohio Residents
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$549.90 $1,649.70 $12,100 full-time1
$16,500 part-time2
$559.90 $1,679.70 $12,300-$12,400 full-time3
$16,800 part-time4

1The flat-rate semester fee of $6,036 applies to full-time Ohio resident graduate students taking between 11-18 credit hours per semester.

2The $549.90 per-credit-hour tuition rate applies to part-time Ohio resident graduate students taking fewer than 11 credit hours per semester.  

3The flat-rate semester fee of $6,036 applies to full-time non-Ohio resident graduate students enrolled in a fully online degree program and taking between 11-18 credit hours, PLUS a surcharge of $10 per credit hour of actual credits taken per semester (between 11-18 semester credits or $110-$180).

4The $549.90 per-credit-hour tuition rate applies to part-time non-Ohio resident graduate students enrolled in a fully online degree program and taking fewer than 11 credit hours per semester, PLUS a surcharge of $10 per credit hour.

Program and special course fees are additional. A $549.50 per-credit-hour fee (Ohio residents) and a $559.50 per-credit-hour fee (non-Ohio residents) apply to all enrolled semester hours above 18 credits.

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

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