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MS in Accounting

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The MS in Accounting requires a minimum of 36 credit hours to complete the program. For the latest information about Academic Degree Plans, Course Catalogs and Course Information please visit the MS in Accounting page of the UT Dallas Graduate Catalog.

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Core Courses

9 semester credit hours

Track-related Core

15 semester credit hours

Track-related Electives

12 semester credit hours

Program Prerequisite

1 semester credit hour

  • MAS 6102 Professional Development (Can be waived if ACCT 6388 is chosen as an elective)

The program is open to students with bachelor degrees across all majors. Students without an accounting background may be required to complete prerequisite courses at the graduate level.

CPA Exam Requirements

Students wishing to become eligible to take the Uniform CPA Exam should understand the requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in their respective state or jurisdiction. Learn more.

Six Tracks

Track-related Core

15 semester credit hours

Track-related Electives

12 semester credit hours

  • ACCT 6320 Database Foundations
    or ACCT 6321 Database Foundations for Business Analytics
    or ACCT 6343 Accounting Information Systems
    or ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 6345 Business Valuation
    or ACCT 6383 Fraud Examination
    or ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software
  • ACCT 6365 Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
  • ACCT 6388 Accounting Communications
    or any elective ACCT prefix course

Job titles and salaries*

  • Auditor $44,000 – $60,000
  • Audit Associate $48,000 – $63,154
  • Staff Auditor $48,000 – $63,211
  • Audit Staff $48,000 – $63,000

Certification

  • Students sit for the CPA exam.

National median salary (Salary range)**

  • $49,000 – $61,000

Job positions for graduating students

Positions in public accounting firms are generally categorized as follows, according to AccountingEdu.org:

  • Accounting and auditing services that involve maintaining financial records and preparing and auditing financial statements for use by outside investors and banks
  • Tax services that involve the preparation of tax returns as well as advising clients on tax deductions, tax planning and other tax-related issues
  • Consulting services, which can involve financial planning services for individuals as well as business consultation services to help management design, develop and implement accounting systems and employee compensation packages

Track-related Core

15 semester credit hours

Track-related Electives

12 semester credit hours

Job titles and salaries*

  • Tax Accountant $52,000 – $65,557
  • Tax Associate $48,000 – $54,182
  • Tax Analyst $46,000 – $59,913
  • Tax Advisor $26,000 – $164,000
  • Tax Consultant $16,000 – $148,000
  • International Tax Consultant $30,000 – $150,000
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Tax Associate $45,000 – $59,000
  • Tax Specialist $45,000 – $57,000
  • Transfer Pricing Associate $30,000 – $126,000

Certification

  • Students sit for the CPA exam.

National median salary (Salary range)**

  • $52,000 – $62,250

Track-related Core

15 semester credit hours

  • ACCT 6336 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management
  • ACCT 6380 Internal Audit
  • ACCT 6382 Advanced Internal Auditing
  • ACCT 6383 Fraud Examination or ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software
  • ACCT 6386 Governance, Risk Management and Compliance

Track-related Electives

12 semester credit hours

Choose 12 semester credit hours of JSOM master-level courses, at least 6 semester credit hours of which should be courses with an ACCT prefix. Students interested in pursuing a second master’s degree in Business Analytics or Management Science should choose the appropriate elective courses to facilitate the double-degree option.

NOTE: Students interested in the Internal Audit program and the CIA or CISA designation are required to take 9 to 15 semester credit hours from the following courses. For details, students should contact the director of the Internal Auditing Education Partnership (IAEP) program.

Job titles and salaries*

  • Corporate Auditor $57,000 – $80,000
  • IT Auditor $65,000 – $80,000
  • Risk Advisory Consultant $36,000 – $49,000
  • Cybersecurity Analyst $58,000 – $92,000
  • Compliance Analyst $44,000 – $64,000
  • Process Analyst $44,000 – $70,000
  • Risk Management Associate $44,000 – $74,000
  • Controls Analyst $41,000 – $65,000

Certifications

  • Students pursue a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and/or a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certificate.

National median salary (Salary range)**

  • $54,900 – $61,000

Track-related Core

Choose 6 semester credit hours from Set A, 3 semester credit hours from Set B, and 6 semester credit hours of master-level courses offered within JSOM.

Set A

Set B

  • ACCT 6320 Database Foundations
    or ACCT 6321 Database Applications for Business Analytics in Accounting
  • ACCT 6338 Accounting Systems Integration and Configuration
  • ACCT 6384 Analytics Reviews Using Audit Software
  • BUAN 6324 Business Analytics with SAS
    or BUAN 6356 Business Analytics with R
  • FIN 6301 Financial Management
  • OPRE 6332 Spreadsheet Modeling and Analytics

Track-related Electives

12 semester credit hours of JSOM master-level courses with at least 6 semester credit hours with an ACCT prefix. Students interested in pursuing a second master’s degree in Business Analytics or Finance should choose the appropriate elective courses to facilitate the double-degree option.

Job titles and salaries*

  • General Accountant $40,000 – $60,000
  • Cost Accountant $48,000 – $62,000
  • Property Accountant $39,000 – $60,000
  • Data Analyst $46,000 – $75,000
  • Business Intelligence Analyst $62,000 – $85,000
  • Financial Analyst $60,000 – $80,000
  • Business Analyst $52,000 – $78,000
  • Budget Analyst $40,000 – $62,000

Certification

  • Students pursue a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification.

National median salary (Salary range)**

  • $53,000 – $83,000

Track-related Core

15 semester credit hours

  • ACCT 7323 Empirical Research in Accounting and Economics
  • BUAN 6312 Applied Econometrics and Time Series Analysis
  • FIN 6350 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • MECO 6303 Business Economics or MECO 6345 Advanced Managerial Economics
  • OPRE 6301 Statistics and Data Analysis

Track-related Electives

12 semester credit hours of JSOM masters/Ph.D level courses with at least 6 credit hours with an ACCT prefix. Students interested in pursuing a second master’s degree in Business Analytics or Finance should choose the appropriate courses to facilitate the double degree option. Students planning to pursue doctoral degree in accounting are advised to take the following electives to gain relevant institutional knowledge.

Job titles and salaries*

  • Research/Teaching positions after completing PhD $80,000 – $150,000
  • Data Analyst $61,000 – $130,000
  • Forensic Accountant $78,000 – $150,000
  • Security Analyst $62,000 – $103,000
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Financial Reporting Staff $70,000 – $129,000

National median salary (Salary range)**

  • $103,100 – $180,000

* Source for full-time job and salary information: Glassdoor.com

** Sources for Salary and job information: NACE Salary Survey – Fall 2018, Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide, Financial Additions Salary Guide for DFW, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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