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Master of Science in Accounting

MS 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 in Accounting program Also provides students with opportunities to focus on corporate accounting, assurance services, taxation, internal audit or ERP/SAP systems, or to choose from various graduate accounting courses to develop their specific focus.

MS in Accounting at UT Dallas To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

Student Involvement

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.

CPA Exam

Upon completion of the MS degree in accounting, students may sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, provided they meet the requirements. Please review the CPA Exam FAQ for more information.

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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 in Accounting program prepares students to compete in the global marketplace.


Mary Guan

Director, Graduate Accounting Program

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. Prerequisites may be completed as a part of a student’s previous education or while the student is fulfilling the requirements for the MS in Accounting degree. Any prerequisite courses taken may not be used as Graduate Accounting Electives in the standard Masters degree in Accounting.

  • 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

ACCT 2301 / 6201 Introduction to Financial Accounting is a prerequisite to Intermediate Accounting I. ACCT 2302 / 6202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting is a prerequisite to Cost Accounting. Students without these courses may be required to take these courses.

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)

  • OPRE 6301 – Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business or OPRE 6332 – Spreadsheet Modeling
  • MECO 6303 – Business Economics or FIN 6301 – Financial Management
  • ACCT 6335 – Ethics for Professional Accountants
  • ACCT 6388 – Accounting Communications

Accounting Core Courses (9 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.


  • 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 Masters Degree in Accounting.

Download Summer 2014 and earlier Degree Plan.

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

    NOTE:* Non-accounting core courses (MECO 6303, FIN 6301, OPRE 6301 and OPRE 6302) needed to complete the MS-ACCT degree may be completed online.

Thank you for your interest in the MS in 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!

Mary Guan

MS Accounting Admissions Details

Program Info for Summer 2014 and Earlier

CPA Exam Information and Overview

Program information for Fall 2014 and later