The Master of Science in Accounting provides specialized training for successful careers in corporate accounting, controllership, and public accounting.

Students in the program can qualify to receive a 100% reimbursement of the cost of completing CPA exam preparation through CPAexcel®. The degree is open to students from all undergraduate majors.

Most courses in the program are offered on campus; a few are occasionally offered on-line. You may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters. The program usually can be completed within 12 months of full-time study.

Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

Students eligible to pursue the Accounting 4+1 option may count 3 courses/9 credits in the graduate program toward their undergraduate accounting major. All other University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MS-Accounting may take up to 6 graduate credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program.

Curriculum for students admitted before Fall 2016

MS in Accounting
The relationships with faculty have definitely helped me build connections with potential employers.
Margarita Lazarevska, MS in Accounting '14


The Master of Science in Accounting requires 10 courses or 30 credit hours.

  • (7 courses/21 credit hours)

    ACC 505 - Developing and Interpreting Financial Information
    ACC 514 - Financial Reporting
    ACC 516 - Advanced Financial Accounting I*
    ACC 555 - Cost Management (not eligible for course exemptions)
    ACC 557 - Auditing*
    ACC 560 - Introduction to Federal Income Taxation*
    ACC 580 - Accounting Information Systems

    *Simultaneous credit toward the BBA Accounting major and MSA for students admitted to the Accounting 4+1 program

  • (3 courses/9 credit hours)

    ACC 539 - Not-For-Profit Accounting^
    ACC 601 - Information Technology Auditing^
    ACC 603 - Controllership^
    ACC 604 - Auditing and Forensic Examinations
    ACC 605 - International Accounting
    ACC 608 - Financial Statement Analysis
    ACC 614 - Advanced Financial Accounting II^
    ACC 657 - Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services^
    ACC 660 - Advanced Federal Income Taxation^
    LE 510 - Commercial Transactions^

    ^Recommended for students who intend to take the CPA exam

Program Details

  • The College of Business has partnered with CPAexcel® to offer CPA exam preparation at a significant discount to our eligible Accounting students. In addition, eligible students who pass all 4 parts of the CPA exam within 12 months of graduation can receive a 100% reimbursement of the discounted cost of the CPAexcel® Gold review course. Alternatively, eligible students who complete at least one section of the CPA exam within 6 months of graduation can receive a 50% reimbursement of the discounted cost of the review course.

  • Previous undergraduate or graduate coursework deemed substantially similar to the MSA core courses may qualify to exempt students from those courses except ACC 555. Exempt courses must be replaced with elective courses within the degree program.

    In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted toward a degree.

    Exemptions and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.

  • Goal: MS in Accounting students will be able to integrate theory and applications in a wide variety of business situations.

    Objectives: MS in Accounting students will:

    1. Be able to effectively communicate ideas orally, in writing, and using computer technologies.
    2. Integrate multiple sources of information to formulate solutions to complex business issues.
    3. Apply standards and regulations that affect multinational businesses.
    4. Apply standards of practice to business situations.