Major: Accounting
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0305
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-3031

About the Program

The Master of Science in Accounting is a market-driven degree designed to prepare students to become leaders in the field. The program deepens students’ understanding of accounting concepts, sharpens business acumen, and provides the analytical and communication skills needed to become a successful accounting professional. The MS in Accounting degree prepares students for the CPA exam and beyond. The program combines theory with practice, encouraging MS in Accounting students to become well-connected to the dynamic accounting industry and share their expertise with their community through programs such as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to be licensed in the state of Pennsylvania.

This 45.0 credit MS in Accounting program is delivered on campus, both full-time and part-time.

  • Full-time can be completed in as little as 12 months.
  • Part-time completion varies by student.

This selective Master of Science in Accounting program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree preferably in the area of accounting from an AACSB- (or equivalent) accredited institution. Applicants must have earned a minimum grade of C in each of the following prerequisite courses and an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or above.  

Prerequisite Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 321Financial Reporting I4.0
ACCT 322Financial Reporting II4.0
ACCT 323Financial Reporting III4.0
ACCT 331Cost Accounting4.0
ACCT 341Principles of Auditing4.0
TAX 341Federal Income Taxes4.0

Students with undergraduate degrees in accounting from non-US schools may be eligible for admission to the program. These students will be responsible for assessing whether their academic backgrounds make them eligible to sit for the CPA examination.

Students with undergraduate degrees in areas outside of accounting can be considered for admission to the program only after they acquire the necessary prerequisite undergraduate accounting and/or business courses. These students should contact the LeBow Graduate Student Services to determine what courses are needed to gain admission to the MS in Accounting program.

State CPA Requirements

Students planning to take the CPA exam should review the educational requirements established by the State Board of Accountancy in the state in which they plan to sit for the examination. Students are qualified to sit for the examination in Pennsylvania by meeting the degree requirements. Students planning to apply for a CPA license in Pennsylvania need to obtain 225.0 quarter credit hours—the equivalent to 150.0 semester hours. Students should contact the Accounting Department for additional information.

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses
ACCT 600Accounting Analysis & Theory3.0
ACCT 604International Financial Reporting3.0
ACCT 605Assurance Services3.0
ACCT 606Current Issues in the Accounting Profession3.0
BLAW 626Fundamentals of Business Organizations Law3.0
Select three of the following:9.0
Strategic Cost Management
Forensic Investigation
Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Advanced Financial Accounting
Accounting Valuation Issues
Internal Auditing
Accounting Information Systems
Analytical Accounting and Systems
Special Topics in ACCT
Statistics for Business Analytics
Individual Taxation
Corporate Taxation
Joint Venture Taxation
Accounting for Income Taxes
Tax Experiential Learning
Co-Op/Internship or Consulting Course
Graduate Internship
Business Consulting
Special Topics in TAX
Students must choose one of the following Graduate Minors (or one approved by your Program Manager): Tax, Finance, Business Analytics, Business Analytics Management, Computational Data Science or Applied Data Science or Choose 4 courses from the Research Concentration list: 12.0
Research Concentration
Introduction to Accounting Research
Mathematical Economics
Applied Regression Analysis
Multivariate Analysis
Business Elective Courses9.0
Students take any three (3) business courses from within the LeBow College of Business. Students should consult with their program manager for the full list of approved electives available each term.
Total Credits45.0

Students should contact the Accounting Department for additional information.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ACCT 6003.0BLAW 6263.0ACCT 6053.0Electives9.0
ACCT 6043.0Electives9.0ACCT 6063.0 
Electives6.0 Electives6.0 
 12 12 12 9
Total Credits 45

Accounting Faculty

Stephen B. Bates, DBA (Wilmington University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Maureen Breen, PhD (West Chester University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Financial reporting, internal controls in corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Hsihui Chang, PhD (University of Minnesota) KPMG Professor of Accounting.
Hiu Lam Choy, PhD (University of Rochester). Associate Professor. Financial accounting.
Anthony P. Curatola, PhD (Texas A&M University) Joseph F. Ford Professor of Accounting. Professor. Federal and state income tax policy, retirement income taxation, fringe benefits taxation, educational savings and tax incentives, federal and state income tax research.
Xin Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor.
Albert DeRitis, MBA (St. Joseph’s University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Accounting, finance, and supply chain in the healthcare industry.
Barbara Murray Grein, PhD (University of North Carolina) Department Head, Accounting and Tax. Associate Professor. Auditing, auditor selection, audit adjustments, audit fees, corporate governance, financial reporting.
Curtis M. Hall, PhD (University of Arizona). Associate Professor. Strategic cost management; corporate governance; capital markets research in accounting; human capital investment.
Mary Howard Assistant Clinical Professor.
Stacy Kline, MBA (Temple University). Clinical Professor. Individual, corporation; S corporation and partnership taxation.
Johnny Lee, PhD (University of Utah). Associate Clinical Professor. Accounting information systems; e-business; managerial accounting; supply chain management
Gordian Ndubizu, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Financial accounting.
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