We’ve designed this program around student-focused learning with an emphasis on CPA exam topics. If you’re seeking a CPA licensure and aim to work in public accounting or private industry, set yourself apart with our professional graduate degree.
A major component of the UNCG MSA program is its internship program, which offers students the opportunity to receive academic credit for completing a paid public accounting or industry internship. Unique aspects of the internship program include direct recruitment on campus by public accounting and industry recruiters who have a long history of hiring our students; a customized program to prepare students for recruiting season; and participation by alumni of the program to assist current students in realizing career goals.
Our departmental internship coordinator facilitates the internship program. Resume building and mock-interview sessions are available in our business school through Bryan School Graduate Career Services. Successful internships often result in full-time offers prior to graduation. The program has relationships with Big Four accounting firms, large national, regional, and local public accounting firms as well as nationally and internationally known industry partners.
Another benefit of the UNCG MSA program is the opportunity to learn in diverse classrooms, which will enhance your preparation for a career in today’s dynamic global environment. We attract students with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints.
Don’t worry if you feel that you lack “appropriate” work experience, or wonder if a second career is a realistic option. Our program welcomes students from a wide variety of academic majors, and employers actively recruit Bryan School accounting students regardless of their backgrounds.
|COURSES: MS in ACCOUNTING||Credit Hours|
|Core Courses ACC 638: IT Auditing and Accounting Data Analytics ACC 642: Specialized Accounting Entities ACC 651: Introduction to Business Entity Taxation||9 credit hours|
|Core Accounting Elective Courses Select nine hours of study from the accounting program.||9 credit hours|
|Elective Courses These may be chosen from the MSA program as well as courses offered through the Bryan School of Business and Economics or UNCG. Courses chosen from other programs must be approved by the MSA Program Director and the Program Director for the program offering the course.||9 credit hours|
|Capstone ACC 630: Seminar in Contemporary Accounting Issues||3 credit hours|
All courses are 3 credit hours.
You may also use your electives and add one extra class to earn a graduate certificate in:
Using your accounting elective or general elective courses, pursue one of the following concentrations:
|Select 3 courses|
|ACC 652||Taxation of Estates, Gifts, and Trusts|
|ACC 655||Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders|
|ACC 656||Taxation of Flow-Through Business Entities|
|ACC 688||Advanced Business Law|
|Select 3 courses|
|ACC 561||Government and Nonprofit Accounting|
|ACC 631||Advanced Auditing|
|ACC 632||Principles of Fraud Examinations|
|ACC 688||Advanced Business Law|
|MBA 721||Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation|
Applicants are expected to have a basic business background including an introduction to economics, statistics, financial accounting and managerial accounting. Applicants that do not have this background will be expected to meet these minimum requirements before beginning the MS in Accounting program. These basic business courses are offered each semester, including summer. It is possible for students in need of these courses to apply to begin in the fall term and take any necessary introductory courses over the summer. Learn more about the requirements for non-accounting majors in the prerequisite course information below.
Depending on the student’s accounting and business background, the length of the program will be 30-42 credit hours. All incoming students will complete the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) core curriculum, electives, and capstone totaling 30 credit hours. A student that does not have an undergraduate degree in accounting or that earned the undergraduate degree in accounting from outside of the United States may have additional curriculum requirements of up to 12 credit hours. Students also have the option to concentrate in Tax or Financial Reporting and Assurance. The MSA does not require a thesis.
|ACC 518||Intermediate Accounting I||3|
|ACC 519||Intermediate Accounting II||3|
|ACC 525||Accounting Transaction Processing Systems||3|
|ACC 531||Cost Accounting||3|
Qualifying Prerequisite courses in intermediate accounting will be required for students who do not have an adequate background from their undergraduate degree programs. These courses may be waived for students who have completed equivalent academic coursework and who can meet specific learning objectives. Applicants should consult with the MSA Program Director for course waiver information.
Non-accounting undergraduate majors will be required to take ACC 602-Federal Tax Concepts and ACC 604-Auditing Concepts as part of the accounting elective hours.
Students that have not previously taken a financial management course will be required to take MBA 707-Financial Management as an elective course.
If you still have questions regarding our MS in Accounting program please reach out to our graduate recruitment team by phone or email. You may also schedule a time to meet with one of our recruiters or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.
Assistant Director Graduate Recruitment
Graduate Recruitment Specialist
MSA Program Director & Academic Advisor