MS in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting at the University of Michigan-Dearborn provides specialized training for 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 CPAexcelŽ. 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


Core courses (7 courses/21 credit hours)

Previous equivalent undergraduate or graduate coursework may qualify students to exempt most of the core courses. Exempt core courses are replaced with additional electives.

ACC 505
ACC 514
ACC 516*
ACC 555
ACC 557*
ACC 560*
ACC 580

Developing and Interpreting Financial Information
Financial Reporting
Advanced Financial Accounting I
Cost Management (not eligible for course exemptions) 
Introduction to Federal Income Taxation
Accounting Information Systems

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

Electives (choose 3 courses/9 credit hours)

ACC 539^
ACC 601^
ACC 603^
ACC 604
ACC 605
ACC 608
ACC 614^
ACC 657^
ACC 660^
LE    510^

Not-For-Profit Accounting
Information Technology Auditing
Auditing and Forensic Examinations
International Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Advanced Financial Accounting II
Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services
Advanced Federal Income Taxation
Commercial Transactions

^Recommended for students who intend to take the CPA exam

CPA Exam Preparation

The College of Business has partnered with CPAexcelŽ 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 CPAexcelŽ 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.

Transfer Credit and Course Exemptions

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.