Master's of Science in Accounting
The Master's of Science in Accounting is awarded to those students who have completed the 30 required credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and no course less than 2.0. Any course grade less than 2.0 must be retaken and successfully passed with a letter grade of 2.0 or better for completion of the degree requirements.
College graduates in michigan are currently allowed to sit for the CPA examination with a baccalaureate degree, which includes at least 24 hours of accounting credits. However, Michigan and many other states require 150 hours of college/university credit hours, which includes 30 hours of accounting credits, to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant after passing the CPA examination.
By adding the Master's of Science in Accounting option to the existing four year Bachelor's of Business Administration - Accounting and the five year Bachelor's of Science-Accounting baccalaureate programs, graduates wishing to enter the CPA profession will obtain a practical knowledge base to enter their opportunity to pass the CPA examination and increase their marketability to potential employers.
Although the program is designed primarily for the public accounting career path, the program will also benefit those students who wish to enter the private accounting sector and wish to obtain the designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
The program is designed for students who have developed a solid knowledge of accounting theory and application in their undergraduate accounting degree program.
The 30-hour program is designed to be completed in two semesters over nine months, beginning the fall semester. Students are expected to enroll in 15 credit hours each semester.
Upon completion of the program, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a CPA/CMA examination review course before sitting for their professional examinations.
Students who have completed the equivalent of the Adrian College Bachelor's of Business Administration - Accounting are eligible for admission to the graduate program if they complete the BBA with a minimum of a 3.0 average in all accounting courses and 3.0 overall average in all their coursework.
Students should apply in their first semester of their senior year by submitting the following documents:
- Completed application
- Copy of official transcript
- Two-page letter describing their graduate program and future career plans
- Two letters of recommendation from Adrian College business faculty members
The Master's of Science in Accounting is awarded to those students who have completed the 30 required credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and no course less than 2.0. Any course grade less than 2.0 must be retaken and successfully passed with a grade of 2.0 or better for completion of the degree requirements.
The 30-hour program consists of the following 3-credit courses:
ACCT 510: Corporate Financial Reporting
ACCT 511: Controllership and Internal Accounting
ACCT 513: Advanced Corporate and Partnership Taxation
ACCT 518: Accounting for Non-Profit Entities
ACCT 520: Advanced Analytics (Microsoft Excel and Access)
ACCT 512: Advanced Auditing
ACCT 514: Advanced Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 515: Financial Statement and Fraud Analysis
ACCT 516: Advanced Accounting Theory
ACCT 521: Leadership, Communications and Professional Ethics