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Carroll School of Management Graduate Programs

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The BC MSA Program offers a flexible curriculum that is tailored to your academic background. Courses focus on concepts that can be practically applied to professional accounting practice, and you learn from an accomplished faculty possessing valuable experience in the industry.

Upon completion of the BC MSA Program, you will have a thorough understanding of the audit process. You will be proficient with firms' strategic cost management and management control decisions. You will be proficient with respect to financial statement analysis. And you will gain an in-depth understanding of the role taxes play in business decision making.

Each student receives a personalized course worksheet upon entering the Program that lists the specific courses you need to take to fulfill the MSA degree. Completion of the Program requires a minimum of ten courses (30 credit hours) and at least six accounting classes, including the three MSA core courses.

If your undergraduate major was not accounting, you will begin the MSA Program in June. Typically, students matriculate through one summer and two academic semesters, taking between 10 and 13* courses.

BUSINESS COURSES CREDITS
Economics/Micro-Economics
3
Financial Management 3
Statistics 3
Business Law (U.S. based)
3
ACCOUNTING COURSES
CREDITS
Accounting Information Systems 3
Financial Accounting Practice I
3
Financial Accounting Practice II 3
Internal Cost Management and Controls 3
Federal Taxation (U.S. based)
3
Financial Auditing (U.S. based)
3
CORE COURSES CREDITS
Taxes and Management Decisions 3
Financial Statement Analysis 3
Assurance and Consulting Services 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS/COURSES 39/13
   

Additionally, students who have yet to take an undergraduate level Financial Accounting course (or the equivalent thereof) must enroll in a 1-credit prerequisite Accounting Primer Workshop offered at the start of their course of study.

* Students may reduce the total number of courses required if any of the listed foundation courses are completed before enrolling in the MSA Program.

If you majored in accounting at the undergraduate level, you may begin the MSA Program in either June or September. Typically, students who start in June complete their studies over one summer and one fall semester, while students who begin in September complete the program over two academic semesters.

CORE COURSES
CREDITS
Taxes and Management Decisions
3
Financial Statement Analysis 3
Assurance and Consulting Services 3
ELECTIVE COURSES*
CREDITS
Accounting Electives (3)
9
Non-Accounting Electives (4)
12
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS/COURSES
30/10

* Students must take at least two accounting-related electives.

NOTE: If you are interested in taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, required courses vary by state. For specific CPA requirements by state, please visit the "Exams" section of the NASBA website.

COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT

The Carroll School is committed to instilling a strong sense of community service in its students.  In an effort to align this commitment with the program, all MSA students must fulfill a requirement of 10 hours of service to others through meaningful work as volunteers.