Master of Science in Accounting
The Master of Science in Accounting (MS Accounting) is a 36 semester credit hours degree program (18-24 months) at the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The program is offered both on-campus and online to better enable students and professionals to develop skills needed to deliver the core services that the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants identifies as fundamental to the future of the profession.
The MS Accounting program Also provides students with opportunities to focus on areas such as corporate accounting, assurance services, taxation, internal audit or ERP/SAP systems, or to choose from various graduate accounting courses to develop their specific focus.
To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).
While enrolled in the program many students enhance their education with involvement in one of our many student organizations. With many organizations to choose from a students are able to strengthen their leadership and networking skills.
Upon completion of the MS degree in accounting, students may sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, provided they meet the requirements.Request Information on the MS Accounting Program
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With one of the largest MS Accounting programs in the state of Texas, we have both on-campus and online course offerings. This flexible program allows students to tailor their degree to their specific academic and career goals. Students can choose electives to prepare for careers in corporate accounting, assurance services, taxation or internal audit, or combination of these areas.
With an internationally recognized business school, a top-ranked Center for Internal Auditing Excellence, strong study body and faculty, our MS Accounting program prepares students to compete in the global marketplace.
The following degree plan for the Master of Science in Accounting is effective for those student admitted to the program beginning Fall 2014 and later.
Beginning students must have equivalent knowledge of the following accounting subject matter. Each student's application and transcripts will be evaluated for successful mastery of these subjects. If a student has not demonstrated successful mastery in the listed courses, then they must be taken at the graduate level at the University of Texas at Dallas in addition to the 36 credit hours required for the degree. Any prerequisite courses taken may not be used as Graduate Accounting Electives in the standard MS Accounting degree.
- ACCT 3331 / 6330 – Intermediate Accounting I (US GAAP based / in English)
- ACCT 3332 / 6332 – Intermediate Accounting II (US GAAP based / in English)
- ACCT 3341 / 6331 – Cost Management Systems / Cost Accounting
Additionally, prerequisite knowledge in calculus is a requirement for the program. A deficiency in calculus may be remedied by taking Quantitative Foundations of Business (OPRE 6303), with a grade of B or better. Degree credit is not earned for the calculus prerequisite.
Business Core Courses (12 semester credit hours)
Graduate Accounting Electives (15 semester credit hours)
Below is a list of graduate accounting elective courses. Students should choose 15 credit hours of graduate accounting electives. The courses listed below have been associated with common career paths in accounting, but students are not required to choose classes from one path. Additionally, students may use one non-ACCT graduate class (up to three credit hours) from another discipline in the Jindal School of Management.
- ACCT 6309 Business Data Warehousing
- ACCT 6320 Database Foundations
- ACCT 6334 Auditing
- ACCT 6336 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management
- ACCT 6338 Accounting Systems Integration and Configuration
- ACCT 6340 Systems Analysis and Project Management
- ACCT 6341 Planning, Control and Performance Evaluation
- ACCT 6342 Strategic Cost Management
- ACCT 6343 Accounting Information Systems
- ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis
- ACCT 6345 Business Valuation
- ACCT 6350 Fundamentals of Taxation I
- ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation
- ACCT 6356 Tax Research
- ACCT 6359 Accounting Policy and Research
- ACCT 6362 International Accounting
- ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
- ACCT 6366 Special Topics in Taxation
- ACCT 6370 Business Law
- ACCT 6377 Corporate Governance
- ACCT 6380 Internal Audit
- ACCT 6383 Fraud Examination
- ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software
- ACCT 6386 Governance, Risk Management and Compliance
- ACCT 6389 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Practicum
- MAS 6v09 Accounting Internship
- ACCT CPA CPA Review Courses (Various #s)
- These courses have specific course prerequisites.
- ACCT 6353 has a course prerequisite of ACCT 3350/6350 (Fundamentals of Taxation I)
- ACCT 6382 has a course prerequisite of ACCT 4334/6334 (Auditing)
- If a student does not have the necessary course prerequisites, ACCT 6350 and ACCT 6334 may be taken at the graduate level as a Graduate Accounting Electives in the standard MS Accounting degree.
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The Accounting area offers several courses online. These online courses are available to all students whether they are doing most of their coursework online or on campus. Students can complete all of the requirements for the Master of Science in Accounting degree 100% online.
Students who are preparing to take the CPA exam should be aware that the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy requires that 15 of the 30 hours of accounting required to sit for the CPA exam must be completed on campus. Students residing outside Texas should check with their respective State Boards of Public Accountancy to learn the requirements for sitting for the CPA exam.
The titles of the ACCT courses that are taught online are provided in the table below. The table also indicates when the courses are expected to be offered as well as if the courses qualify for credit toward the 30 hours of accounting or 3 hours of ethics required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
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Course SP-15 SU-15 Proposed FA-15 Proposed SP-16 Proposed SU-16 Proposed CPA ACCT 6201 Financial Accounting Y Y Y Y Y N ACCT 6202 Managerial Accounting Y Y Y Y Y N ACCT 6305 Accounting for Managers Y N Y Y Y N ACCT 6309 Business Data Warehousing Y N N N N Y ACCT 6330 Intermediate Financial Accounting I Y N Y Y N Y ACCT 6331 Cost Accounting N N N Y N Y ACCT 6332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II Y Y N Y Y Y ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting Y Y Y N Y Y ACCT 6334 Auditing Y Y Y N Y Y ACCT 6335 Ethics for Professional Accountants Y Y N Y Y Meets ethics hours requirement ACCT 6338 Accounting Systems Integration and Configuration Y Y Y N Y Y ACCT 6340 Systems Analysis and Project Management Y N N N N N ACCT 6342 Strategic Cost Management N Y N N N N ACCT 6343 Accounting Information Systems Y Y N Y Y Y ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis Y Y Y Y Y Y ACCT 6345 Business Valuation N N N Y Y Y ACCT 6349 Information Technology Strategy and Management Y N N N N N ACCT 6350 Fundamentals of Tax I Y Y N Y Y Y ACCT 6353 Fundamentals of Tax II Y Y Y N Y Y ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation Y Y N Y Y Y ACCT 6356 Tax Research N N Y Y Y Y ACCT 6370 Business Law Y Y N Y Y Meets 3 hours of business requirement ACCT 6382 Advanced Audit N N Y N Y Y ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software Y Y Y N Y Y ACCT 6388 Accounting Communications Y Y N Y Y Meets communication requirement
Thank you for your interest in the MS Accounting program at UT Dallas. Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence and to supporting students at every step of their academic journey.
The following three video modules will provide you with thorough overview of our admission requirements, the MS Accounting degree plan, and CPA eligibility issues. Please contact the MS Accounting team with any questions you may have. And we hope to see you around campus sometime soon!