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College of Business Administration
Master of Science in Accounting
Course Delivery

100% online

Total Credits

30

Approximate Program Cost

$16,100

Accreditation

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

  • Completed application form and fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university for unconditional admission; degree does not need to be in business or from a business school
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum 500 overall GMAT, minimum 40th percentile in verbal and quantitative sections1
  • Résumé
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 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

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

1GMAT requirement will be waived for recent (within five years) Kent State University undergraduate accounting graduates with a minimum 3.200 overall GPA and accounting major GPA. The GMAT requirement may be similarly waived for recent (within five years) non-KSU graduates, subject to approval by the MSA Coordinator.

Important Dates

May
20

Classes Begin

Summer 2021 Semester

Aug
26

Classes Begin

Fall 2021 Semester

Jan
18

Classes Begin

Spring 2022 Semester

Courses

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 Out of State/International*
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Program Cost
$536 $1,608 Approximate Cost: $16,080 $546 $1,638 Approximate Cost: $16,380

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $12 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.

*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

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