Accounting MS

Major: Accounting
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 30.7104
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

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 the community through programs such as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

The selective, 45.0-credit MS in Accounting is a full-time program delivered on campus and is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in the area of accounting from an AACSB-accredited (or equivalent) institution. Applicants must have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 on a 4-point scale in their junior- and senior-level accounting classes and an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) or above.

Prerequisite Requirements

Students with undergraduate degrees in accounting from non-U.S. schools are 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 Exam.

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

Accounting Licensure

Students enrolling in the Master of Science in Accounting degree may be interested in becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

There are three broad elements required to become a licensed CPA — educational requirements; prerequisite requirements, including work experience; and the CPA Exam. Each state/jurisdiction has unique educational and prerequisite requirements that candidates must meet. For more information, please review the chosen state’s public accountancy licensure requirements from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Licensing for the CMA certification is administered by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and is not dependent on state/jurisdiction. Certification eligibility criteria consist of prerequisite requirements, including work experience, educational requirements and the CMA Exam. For more information, please review the IMA’s CMA certification requirements.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact LeBow’s Graduate Student Services office at

Admission Requirements

Graduate admission is based on a holistic review process, which takes into consideration prior academic history, demonstration of professional experience and adequate preparation for graduate study. Please review the admission requirements for both domestic and international applicants on our Graduate Application Requirements web page before submitting your application.

Degree Requirements

Accountancy Core Courses12.0
Accounting Analysis & Theory
Advanced Auditing
Current Issues in the Accounting Profession
Corporate Taxation
Analytics & Technology Core Courses12.0
Data Analytics & Technology in Accounting
Business Analytics for Managers
Emerging Information Technologies in Business
Select one (1) of the following
Datamining for Managers
Inter-Active Decision Support Systems
Business Acumen Core Courses12.0
Leading in Dynamic Environments: A Personal, Relational, and Strategic Approach
Negotiations for Leaders
Introduction to Project Management
Select one of the following:
Tax Experiential Learning
Business Consulting
Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Business
Special Topics in ACCT
Students must choose one of the following concentrations: 9.0
Business Analysis, Reporting & Planning Concentration
Pick three (3) of the following courses:
Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Advanced Financial Accounting
Strategy & the Master Budgeting Process
Financial Statement Analysis
Tax Analysis & Planning Concentration
Tax Research
Flow Through Entity Taxation
Tax and Business Strategy
Accounting Information Systems & Controls Concentration
Select three (3) of the following
Analytical Accounting and Systems
Database Analysis and Design for Business
Security, Policy and Governance
Special Topics in ACCT
Total Credits45.0

Students should contact the Accounting Department for additional information.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ACCT 6003.0ACCT 6053.0ACCT 6063.0ACCT 6553.0
BSAN 6013.0MIS 6423.0ORGB 6403.0PROJ 5013.0
ORGB 5113.0Business Acumen Elective3.0Concentration Course 23.0Concentration Course 33.0
TAX 6303.0Concentration Course 13.0Analytics & Technology Elective3.0 
 12 12 12 9
Total Credits 45

Accounting Faculty

Stephen B. Bates, DBA (Wilmington University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Financial reporting and financial analysis
Maureen Breen, PhD (West Chester University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Financial accounting, environmental accounting and reporting
Hsihui Chang, PhD (University of Minnesota) KPMG Professor of Accounting. Performance management, audit quality, data analytics
Hiu Lam Choy, PhD (University of Rochester). Associate Professor. Financial accounting and reporting quality.
Anthony P. Curatola, PhD (Texas A&M University) Joseph F. Ford Professor of Accounting. Professor. Federal and state income tax policy, employee benefits and retirement income taxation.
Xin Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. ESG, corporate stakeholder, capital market empirical studies.
Dan Dai, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Financial reporting and disclosure, ESG and labor economics in capital markets.
Albert DeRitis, MBA (St. Joseph’s University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Financial analysis, managerial accounting, supply chain, healthcare industry.
Barbara Murray Grein, PhD (University of North Carolina) Department Head, Accounting and Tax. Associate Professor. Audits and financial reporting quality, critical audit matters, audit committees.
Curtis M. Hall, PhD (University of Arizona). Associate Professor. Strategic cost management, human resources, incentive compensation, banking, nonprofits.
Mary Howard Assistant Clinical Professor. Financial analysis, entrepreneurship.
Stacy Kline, MBA (Temple University). Clinical Professor. Individual and business taxation, financial and managerial accounting, taxation.
Johnny Lee, PhD (University of Utah). Associate Clinical Professor. Accounting information systems; e-business; managerial accounting; supply chain management
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