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Bachelor of Arts–Master of Science in Accounting Program

The linked bachelor’s–master’s program in accounting allows accepted students to get an early start on their graduate program. It also allows the application of up to 9 credits toward the master’s program for qualifying 400-level and above coursework taken at the undergraduate level.

Students interested in pursuing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license must have 150 credit hours of college/university credit to be eligible for certification. The linked program, depending upon an individual student’s circumstances, may not reduce the overall number of credits that a student needs to take. It can, however, provide a cost savings to the student by allowing up to nine graduate program credits to be taken at undergraduate tuition rates. This will be considered and built into the student’s study plan.

Application Deadlines for 2019-2021

October 1, 2019, for those students eligible to start the linked program in Spring Semester 2020.

January 15, 2020, for those students eligible to start the linked program in Summer or Fall Semester 2020.

October 1, 2020, for those students eligible to start the linked program in Spring Semester 2021.

When to Apply

Students must be admitted to the undergraduate accounting major and must have completed at least ACC 300 before applying. Admission to the program requires a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0, and admission is competitive based upon space available.

Application Process

Step 1: Meet with an undergraduate advisor to develop an approved plan of study. You will need to submit this plan with your application.

Step 2: Create a profile and begin the application process through the Broad College graduate online application.  Listed below are supplemental items that must be uploaded and/or submitted online with your application:

  1. Current resume
  2. Plan of study
  3. Three essay responses: 2 written essays (750 word maximum), 1 video essay
  4. Application fee ($85.00)

Step 3: Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive an email notification of the admission decision.

Step 4: If admitted, you will need to complete a Request for Dual Enrollment Status form. Further program instructions will be provided with the admission notification.

Admitted students can take up to three courses that apply to the M.S. in Accounting degree at the undergraduate level. Students may take these courses, along with other B.A. degree requirements, during senior year.

Or if a student will graduate with more than 120 credits due to a change of major, dual major, Advanced Placement credits, etc., the student may be able to share up to nine credits with both the B.A. and the M.S. in Accounting degrees. For example, if an Honors College student will meet their undergraduate degree requirements with 129 credits, the student could share ACC 411, MGT 409 and ACC 821 with the M.S. program. The M.S. program would then be reduced to 21 credits. The student would have the 150 credit hours required for CPA certification.

Individual circumstances will dictate how the student can take advantage of the linked program.


Courses marked with an * are available to seniors on a space-available basis and if prerequisites are completed.

Students should familiarize themselves with the curriculum guide available online and in the departmental lobby on the second floor of the Business College Complex.

All M.S. students are required to take COM 875 Communication Leadership Skills in Organizations, which is available fall, spring and summer semesters.

In addition to the track requirements, students must take 12–15 credits in electives. A student may take up to six credits at the 400 level.

Nine credits must be outside of the major. PCA and Tax students may count IS courses as outside the major, while IS students may count other accounting courses as outside the major.

Information Systems Track (IS)

Choose four of the following:

Public and Corporate Accounting Track (PCA)

FI 801 required. Choose four of the following:

Taxation (Tax)

FI 801 required. Choose all of the following: