Program Requirements - Master of Science in Accountancy

The MSA program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in accountancy as well as degrees in other fields. If you have a bachelor's degree in accounting, you will take 30 semester hours of coursework, which can be completed in one year of full-time studies or two years of part-time studies. If your undergraduate degree is in another area, you will take 48 semester hours of graduate study.

The Master of Science in Accountancy program at Aurora University has a rigorous curriculum based on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) conceptual framework. The dual purpose of the curriculum is to provide a sound basis for participation in the accounting profession and preparation to successfully complete a certification examination.

MSA Required Courses

ACC 6110 Accounting Theory, Practice and Reporting
ACC 6120 Advanced Cost and Managerial Accounting
ACC 6130 International Accounting and Reporting
ACC 6140 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACC 6150 Accounting Information Systems
ACC 6160 Advanced Attest Services
ACC 6170 Taxation of Persons, Trusts, Gifts and Estates
ACC 6180 Taxation of Partnerships, Corporations and Not-for-Profits
ACC 6190 Business Regulation
ACC 6200 Seminar in Professional Accounting, Research and Practice

In addition, students with a non-accounting bachelor's degree will need the following courses or equivalents (18 hours; 48 hours total):

ACC 5210 Financial Accounting and Reporting I
ACC 5220 Financial Accounting and Reporting II
ACC 5230 Advanced Accounting
ACC 5240 Attest Services
MBA 5140 Foundations of Economics
MBA 6050 Financial Management

In addition to the required courses, each student must have successfully completed courses in fundamentals of financial accounting, fundamentals of management accounting, finite mathematics and general statistics.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit must be earned at Aurora University in order to receive the MSA degree. A maximum of six semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from an accredited college or university and applied to the requirements of this degree. Transfer credit must have been completed prior to the start of the your MSA experience with Aurora University. Any course work submitted for transfer must be approved by the program faculty and the director. See the section "Transfer of Credit" for the conditions governing the transfer of credit.