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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, MS 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.

Prerequisites

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.

NOTES:

  • 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

Yao Christina Sun

Yao (Christina) Sun – Class of 2015

Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate Degree: Economics, University of Colorado at Denver

Why did you choose UT Dallas?
I chose UT Dallas because the business school has great rankings and Dallas is a great location for job hunting. You can learn more than just professional accounting knowledge at UT Dallas, and you will never meet this great group of people (professors, classmates and people from all around the world) anywhere else!

What are your plans post-graduation?
I got my accounting internship with CBRE last semester, and I will start my first full-time job with Ernst & Young after I graduate. I am preparing for my CPA exams and, hopefully, will pass one or two parts before I start my job in August.

Any advice for new or prospective students?
For those who are pursuing their dreams in the UT Dallas MS Accounting Program or just considering this program, I wish you all my best, and I’m sure you will obtain great friendships and professional success! Go Comets and go future Accountants!

Jamie Bendure

Jamie Bendure – Class of 2015

Hometown: Cypress, TX
Undergraduate Degree: Accounting, The University of Texas at Dallas

Why did you choose the MS Accounting program at UT Dallas?
Ultimately what brought me to UTD was its location and its highly ranked School of Management. What has kept me at UTD for my master’s degree were my classmates, professors, and the wide range of services offered to students. The students at UTD are very serious about education and success, which motivates me to be the best student I can be. The professors are genuinely interested in helping you accomplish both your academic and career goals. There are also many services to help you on your journey, like the Career Management Center, the Writing Lab, the Business Communication Center, Career Expos, Meet the Firms, tutors, Teaching Assistants, and Supplemental Instruction Leaders.

What are your plans post-graduation?
During my senior year, I obtained an internship with PriceKubecka in the audit department. They were one of the companies that came to Meet the Firms, a career expo solely for accounting students and firms. I also interned in the tax department of Litzler, Segner, Shaw, & McKenney. I have accepted a full-time position in the audit department of KPMG. I will begin taking the CPA exam this summer, and my goal is to become licensed within a year. Several years down the road, after I have some solid work experience, I would like to begin teaching accounting. My professors were so helpful and influential in my life, I would enjoy being that guiding force for future students.

Krishna Wagle

Krishna Wagle – Class of 2015

Hometown: Dhankuta, Nepal
Undergraduate Degree: English, Tribhuvan University

Why did you choose the MS Accounting program at UT Dallas?
There are in fact multiple factors in my choice to attend UT Dallas. First, I had degrees from foreign university, and UT Dallas was more generous in acknowledging those qualifications than other universities in Texas I applied for. Second, I knew UT Dallas was an emerging school in national ranking on various matrices. Third, Dallas is one of the best places in terms of career opportunities for business school graduates, and UT Dallas is undoubtedly the best public university in this area. The variety of subjects and concentrations for students and highly qualified faculty and advisors that can suggest on those selections, multiple sections and online classes that make the program really flexible are among my most favorite things about the MS Accounting program at UT Dallas.

What are your plans post-graduation?
I had two internships during the first year of my graduate schools, and I got both of those with the help of my teachers and the program. I am going to work as a Risk Advisory intern at Weaver starting coming summer. Besides, I am receiving multiple interview offers just by posting my resume on the Career website and internal audit programs directory, which is really exciting. My plans are to have the CPA and CIA certifications after I graduate and work with mid-tier public accounting companies for a few years. I think I will then have an opportunity to decide if public accounting is a right fit for me and make my final decision.

Yao Christina Sun

Stephanie Huang – Class of 2015

Hometown: Longyan, Fujian, China
Undergraduate Degree: Accounting and Finance, The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Why did you choose the MS Accounting program at UT Dallas?
I chose UT Dallas because there are several professors in Accounting department who have a passion for providing valuable resources and good advice to international students. I personally benefit a lot from the advice provided by professors of Accounting department. Also, there are various student organizations – particularly Ascend UTD Chapter and Accounting Leadership Association(ALA) – which are very professional and interesting student organizations which help me to develop my soft skills. I enjoyed the time in Ascend and ALA! Finally, Dallas is a major city of Texas. There are many internship opportunities here. An internship experience in United States has helped to make my full time job after graduation easier.

What are your plans post-graduation?
I interned at BTerrell Group as an accounting and consulting intern from May 2014 to Dec 2014, and I will work as a business technology analyst in Deloitte Consulting LLP (Dallas office) after my graduation. I plan to join Toast Master club to further improve communication skill and public speaking skill and the Young Professionals to expose myself to more networking events.

What did you find to be different about the MS Accounting program at UT Dallas?
The MS Accounting program of UT Dallas is a very international student-friendly program. As an international student, I received a lot of support from the Accounting faculty and JSOM staff during the two years. Additionally, the Institution of Business Language and Culture helps international students improve their communication skill and other soft skills. The Career Management Center provides all kinds of career development service to students. I personally had my resume, cover letter critiqued by CMC coaches more than 10 times. I also had several mock interviews and small talk practice with CMC coaches. The coaches are very professional and knowledgeable. They always provide useful and meaningful suggestions to me to improve my skills.

The MS Accounting program has several student ambassadors who are available to help prospective and new students connect with everything that the program has to offer. Feel free to contact them with any questions that you have about the program, living and working in Dallas, and the academic, employment and social opportunities you will have as a part of your experience in the MS Accounting program at UT Dallas.

Patrick

Mayiyang (Patrick) – China

Hometown: Wuxi, China
Undergraduate Major: Forensic Accounting, Nanjing Audit University
Areas of Interest: Consulting, Auditing
Hobbies: Basketball, pool, watching soccer games
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016

About Me: My undergraduate major was forensic accounting. To be simple, this major is a combination of the law and the accounting. During my undergraduate time, I found that my interest grew in accounting. So I decided to continue studying accounting after graduation. I got several offers, but I chose the University of Texas at Dallas because UT Dallas has the advantage of its location, which provides us with better job opportunities and lower living expense. After I came here, everything is better than I thought it would be. If you want to know more about my life here, feel free to contact me. Please email me.

Sisi

Sisi – China

Hometown: Anhui, China
Undergraduate Major: French, Shanghai International Studies University
Areas of Interest: Taxation, Teaching, Consulting
Hobbies: Reading, swimming, tango, traveling
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016

About Me: I have an undergraduate degree in French. However, I’m very interested in accounting, the basic language in business. It’s quite a challenge for me to further master accounting abroad. Thanks to the fantabulous professors and awesome studying environment here, I have gone through a comfortable transition. This semester, I have taken four courses, served as the Vice President of Accounting Leadership Association and also filed the tax return for local people. I strongly believe that: if you choose UT Dallas, namely, you choose a colorful life and bright future! You’re always welcome to join our UT Dallas big family. I’ll definitely spare no effort to answer your questions. Please email me.

Yana

Yana – Bulgaria

Hometown: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
Undergraduate Major: Business Administration and Political Science, American University (Bulgaria)
Areas of Interest: Taxation
Hobbies: Music, reading, running
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016

About Me: I received my undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Political Science from the American University in Bulgaria. I choose UT Dallas for its highly ranked program, excellent academic faculty, and great internship and job opportunities in the Dallas Metroplex area. I am very excited to share my experience with you, and I look forward to your questions.Please email me.

Ashley

Yan (Ashley) – China

Hometown: Hangzhou, China
Undergraduate Major: English Literature & Accounting, China Women’s University
Areas of Interest: Auditing, ERP
Hobbies: Scuba diving, volunteering, reading, traveling
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2016

About Me: I have an undergraduate degree in English Literature and a double major in Accounting. After working in an International Trade Company for half a year, I decided to pursue my MS Accounting in the United States in order to learn more about GAAP. UT Dallas became my final decision because of its great reputation, high rankings and the numerous job opportunities in Dallas. Since I joined UT Dallas, I have been mentored by our excellent faulty and the outstanding fellows. Besides, a great variety of student organizations have improved my leadership skills. It is my pleasure to share my experience and to answer your questions. Please email me.

Chelle

Xue (Chelle) – China

Hometown: Hubei, China
Undergraduate Major: Accounting, Wesleyan College
Areas of Interest: Taxation
Hobbies: Travel, badminton
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2015

About Me: I obtained my bachelor degree in Accounting at Wesleyan College. My academic courses in accounting and my professional experience in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and Wesleyan’s Business office have not only introduced me to various concepts in accounting but also convinced me to specialize in taxation. The reason that I chose MS Accounting program at UTD was because courses offered by the program would let me explore more accounting facts and prepare well for the CPA exam. My short-term career goal is to pass the CPA exam and work in a public accounting firm as a tax accountant. After one semester at UTD, I strongly felt MS Accounting program was right for me. Moreover, the student resources provided by Business Communication and Career Management Center at JSOM helped to develop my communication and networking skills. I believe I am moving closer to achieving my goal. I am pleased to share my experience with you and answer your questions. Please email me.

Jamie

Jamie – USA

Hometown: Cypress, Texas
Undergraduate Major: Accounting, The University of Texas at Dallas
Areas of Interest: External Audit, Forensic Accounting
Hobbies: Nail art design, quality time with my dog, bike riding
Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2015

About Me: Ultimately what brought me to UTD as an undergraduate was its location and its highly ranked School of Management. What has kept me at UTD for my master’s degree were my classmates, professors, and the wide range of services offered to students. I will begin taking the CPA exam this summer, and my goal is to become licensed within a year. Several years down the road, after I have some solid work experience, I would like to begin teaching accounting. My professors were so helpful and influential in my life, I would enjoy being that guiding force for future students. Please email me.

Charlie

Zeyang (Charlie) – China

Hometown: Changchun, China
Undergraduate Major: Finance, Jilin University
Areas of Interest: Auditing, Consulting
Hobbies: Traveling, music, food
Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2016

About Me: Unlike many students in accounting, I did not have a background in this field. I come from a finance undergraduate major and started here in UT Dallas as an MSF student, with several courses in accounting. However, after getting to know accounting, I’ve discovered that this is actually more fun than finance, and I would enjoy my time here even if it means a lot of work. Therefore, after careful consideration, in my second semester, I’ve decided to transfer to accounting. I am very excited to share my experience with you and you are more than welcome to ask me any questions you may have. Please email me.