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The Master of Science in Accounting is designed to prepare students to move into authority positions in manufacturing companies, governmental units, not-for-profit entities, public accounting firms, and other professional or service organizations. The unique combination of human skills, knowledge, and technology imbedded in the curriculum will prepare graduates for these opportunities. Specifically, students should leave the program knowing how to anticipate and meet the changing needs of their customers; utilize and leverage technology in ways that add value to these customers; interpret and provide a broader context to financial and non-financial information; link data, knowledge, and insight together to provide quality advice for strategic decision-making; and, give and exchange information within a meaningful context with appropriate delivery and interpersonal skills.
The Program curriculum has been specifically designed to provide an educational experience that will prepare students to successfully complete all portions of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, while earning an advanced degree. The Program will also qualify graduates to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exams.
Admission to the Master of Science in Accounting Degree:
Applicants will be evaluated on academic ability, as evidenced by a strong undergraduate record, performance on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), maturity, motivation, leadership, and communication skills.
Unconditional admission may be granted to applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university who meet the following criteria:
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution;
- Have completed ACCT 2103 and ACCT 2203;
- Have a minimum score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). This requirement can be waived under one of three conditions:
- Have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on work taken for bachelor’s degree with no work experience.
- Have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on work taken for bachelor’s degree with five years work experience.
- A graduate GPA of 3.0 or better of nine (9) graduate hours from an accredited university.
Conditional admission may be granted to current undergraduate applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Have completed at least 100 hours of undergraduate work and completed ACCT 2103 and ACCT 2203;
- Have both a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework to date and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all business courses taken;
- Have a minimum score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).*
*This requirement can be waived if the applicant has a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on all coursework to date and a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in all business courses taken.
Applicants who do not meet all the requirements for unconditional admission may be considered for provisional admission by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies if they show evidence of considerable professional potential which may not be reflected in their GPA or standardized test scores. No more than nine hours earned, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in probationary status may be applied to a graduate degree.
Concurrent Graduate Study:
A senior student who has completed 100 hours may be permitted to enroll in courses applicable to the graduate program, provided that his or her total study load is not more than fifteen hours in a semester or nine hours in a summer term. No more than six hours in a semester or three in a summer term may be applied toward a graduate degree. Semester hours earned may be applied toward either the baccalaureate or graduate degree, not towards both. Such admission to part-time graduate study is tentative, pending completion of baccalaureate study with successful grades. No more than twelve hours earned under this policy may be applied to a graduate degree.
The applicant must:
- Complete an East Central University Application for Admission/Readmission.
- Submit the Department of Accounting Admissions forms
- Provide transcripts of all work completed (baccalaureate and graduate).
- Provide name, mailing address, and e-mail of two references.
- Submit resume.
- Provide responses to the posed questions.
- Take the GMAT if applicable.