Master of Science in Accounting

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AACSB-logo-accredited-color-RGBThe Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to provide students with the advanced study in accounting necessary to prepare for the CPA examination. This program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed in the profession of accounting.

Graduates of the MS in Accounting program are prepared for employment opportunities with industry, government, and public accounting firms.

The MS in Accounting requires thirty graduate credit hours and can be completed in one year (12 months) by full time students who first enroll in either fall or summer semesters.

All classes in the MS in Accounting program are taught only at the Huntsville campus.

Admission Process Requirements

  1. Complete the online graduate application form.
  2. Pay the application fee

Additionally, applicants must submit the following material directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Submit Official transcript(s) from all previous college work (except SHSU graduates).
  2. Submit a current resume.

Graduate Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens

Fall - August 1 Spring - December 1 Summer - May 15

International Students

Fall - June 25 Spring - November 12 Summer - April 9

Admission Criteria

  1. Have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  2. Have a minimum advanced accounting course work GPA of 3.0
  3. Hold a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from a U.S. Institution

*The Undergraduate GPA is the GPA from courses taken at the degree granting institution. Transfer grades are not used in the computation.

**The advanced hours undergraduate GPA is the GPA from junior- and senior- level courses taken at the degree granting institution. Transfer grades are not used in this computation.

Stem Requirements for Non-Business and Non-Accounting Graduates

Students seeking admission to the Master of Science in Accounting Program who do not have a baccalaureate degree in accounting from an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredited university will be required to take substantial stem courses before being allowed in the MS in Accounting program. Baccalaureate degrees from foreign universities not accredited by AACSB International are treated as non-business degrees. Additionally, graduate stem courses (5300s) do not apply to the 30-hour graduate credit hour requirement of the ACCT degree. Contact the graduate advisor for details.

BANA 5300 Quantitative Tools for Business ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting
ECON 5300 Economic Principles and Policy ( or both ECON 2302 and ECON 2301) ACCT 2302 Principles of Managerial Accounting
FINC 3320 Business Finance ACCT 3313 Intermediate Accounting I
BUAD 3335 Business Communication ACCT 3314 Intermediate Accounting II
BUAD 3355 Business Law ACCT 3324 Accounting Information Systems
MGMT 3310 Principles of Management ACCT 3347 Cost Accounting
MGIS 3310 Principles of Management Information Systems ACCT 3353 Federal Taxation Concepts
MKTG 3310 Principles of Marketing ACCT 4317 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT 4372 Auditing Principles

Standard Degree Plan

ACCT 5311 Advanced Financial Accounting Research I [Fall] 3 hours
ACCT 5312 Advanced Financial Accounting Research II [Spring] 3 hours
ACCT 5324 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance [Fall] 3 hours
ACCT 5352 Corporate and Pass Through Entity Taxation [Fall] 3 hours
ACCT 5379 Professional Ethics and Responsibility [Spring] 3 hours
ACCT 5399 Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice [Spring] (This is a capstone course that satisfies the comprehensive exam requirement. A grade of "B" or better is required for graduation.) 3 hours
ACCT Restricted Electives: Select 3 (three) courses from: ACCT 5315 Seminar in Accounting TheoryACCT 5333 Financial Statement AnalysisACCT 5347 Managerial Accounting Application ACCT 5355 Estate Planning, Trusts, and Nonprofit ACCT 5360 Analytics in AccountingACCT 5375 ERP Business Process Integration 9 hours
Graduate Business Electives Any graduate course from the College of Business Administration (excluding any 5300 course and ACCT 5304). Non-business courses must be approved by the Chair of the Department of Accounting. 3 hours
TOTAL 30 hours

For more information or advisement, contact the COBA Office of Graduate Studies:

Rick Thaler
Associate Director, Graduate Studies and Distance Learning
Tel: (936) 294-1239
Fax: (936) 294-3612
E -mail:
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 2056, Huntsville, TX 77341-2056