Missouri State University

Accelerated Master's

On the fast track to a graduate degree

Through the accelerated master's option, you can receive comprehensive, advanced undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting in a combined five years. Qualified accounting students begin taking graduate coursework during the senior year of their undergraduate degree to jump start their graduate education.

By completing up to six hours for both graduate and undergraduate credit, the Master of Accountancy degree can be completed in one additional year and a total of 152 undergraduate and graduate hours. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Public Accountant, the accelerated master's option allows you to complete all of the education requirements for the exam in Missouri in a shorter amount of time.

Application and admission

Undergraduate students must apply for admission to the accelerated master's option during the second semester of their junior year. To be eligible for admission, the following requirements must be met:

Admission - Accelerated MAcc

  1. Completion of ACC 301, ACC 302, ACC 311, ACC 321 and ACC 341 with a GPA of 3.20 or better.
  2. An overall GPA of 3.20 or better.
  3. The student must achieve a minimum composite score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), and a minimum score of at least the 30th percentile for both the verbal and the quantitative components of the GMAT.  With the approval of the Director of the MAcc program, recent scores from other standardized tests for graduate study, such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT), may be deemed equivalent. If a student has a GPA of 3.20 or better for the last 30 hours of academic work, the GMAT may be waived.
  4. For a courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College Dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form.  This form must be obtained prior to registering for the courses.

Qualified applicants may enter the program at the beginning of any semester.  Arrangement for taking the GMAT can be made by calling Pearson GMAT Registration Center at 1-800-717-4628 or by writing to Graduate Management Admissions Test, Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6000, Princeton, NJ  08541.  Application booklets are also available in the Counseling and Testing Center, Carrington Hall 311.

Applicants from foreign countries whose native language is not English are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Normally scores of 600 on the paper-based or a comparable score of 253 on the computer-based TOEFL are required for admission.

Accounting students from Evangel University and Southwest Baptist University may also qualify for admission into the accelerated program through a cooperative agreement.