Admission and Program Requirements

Finding your place at Missouri State

Admission to the Master of Accountancy program requires that you meet all admission requirements. Admission requirements differ depending on your degree option.

Completing your graduate degree

The Master of Accountancy degree is a 33-hour program that requires completion of courses in auditing and financial, managerial and tax accounting. To complete this degree, you must fulfill the requirements listed below:

Degree requirements total 30 hrs

The Master of Accountancy degree requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit. At least 21 of the 30 hours must be taken at the 700 level. Specific course and credit hour requirements follow.

  1. Accounting Core - 12 hrs
    ACC 703ACC 712, ACC 721 and ACC 790
  2. Electives - 18 hrs total
    a. ACC electives:  6 hrs must come from the following ACC list with advisor approval: ACC 604, ACC 613, ACC 624, ACC 642, ACC 653, ACC 705, ACC 726, ACC 732ACC 741ACC 750, ACC 751, ACC 752, ACC 754, ACC 762ACC 794ACC 796
    b. Free Electives: 12 hrs may be selected from a list of ACC electives above, courses listed in the College of Business Graduate Certificates, or Graduate College courses with advisor approval.
  3. Graduate Certificate.  With advisor approval, a student may select one of the Graduate Certificates in the College of Business to fulfill 12 hours. However, students will not graduate with a Graduate Certificate unless the student fulfills all requirements for the Graduate Certificate.  In limited cases and with approval of the Director of the School of Accountancy, a course not on the preceding list may be applied to the MAcc. 
  4. Research.  Research projects may be required in any graduate accounting course. ACC 703 will have a significant professional research component.

Other policies

  1. Students cannot apply more than 9 hours of 600-level courses towards the 30-hour requirement for the MAcc degree.
  2. Students must take a minimum of 18 hours of graduate courses with an ACC prefix.
  3. Students cannot receive graduate credit for an equivalent course they have taken at the undergraduate level.
  4. No more than a total of six (6) credit hours from ACC 695, ACC 794, or ACC 796 may be applied to the MAcc degree.

Certificate options

The School of Accountancy offers two graduate certificates, allowing you to further specialize in forensic accounting or tax accounting. Both of these certificates are 12-hour programs that can be completed either as a stand-alone option or in conjunction with the Master of Accountancy program. The courses required for these certificates may meet core course work or elective requirements in the accounting graduate program.