Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) program are considered for admission based on their undergraduate cumulative grade point averages, resumes, goal statements, and other criteria established by the faculty. Some candidates may be eligible for admission without the GMAT exam.  For current admission requirements visit https://bloch.umkc.edu/graduate-program/msa/msa-admissions/.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Use professional judgment to evaluate and analyze data to provide appropriate information for stakeholder decision making (Technical Accounting Knowledge).
  • Be able to assess solutions for structured and unstructured business problems and issues (Critical Thinking).
  • Be able to evaluate ethical issues utilizing a professional code of conduct (Awareness of Ethics).
  • Be able to communicate professionally both orally and in writing (Communication Skills).

The Curriculum

The Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) program encompasses advanced analysis in a variety of areas.  The formal M.S.A. degree requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours.  Applicants whose undergraduate work was outside of business and accounting will first seek admission at the undergraduate level to complete up to 12 hours of foundation coursework.  Students may be exempt from course requirements based on prior coursework and grades earned, with exemptions determined at the time of initial advising and enrollment.  Foundation and degree requirements are designed to allow students to meet the requirements to sit for the Unified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in Missouri.  Students planning to complete the CPA exam in other states may need additional coursework.  Those wishing to prepare for other professional exams may be able to meet requirements by careful course selection within the program.  Note:  Students who repeat courses that have been waived from their program may not count the repeated course for credit toward their degree.

An M.S.A. program of study must include 30 credit hours with a minimum of 24 hours of that course work completed at UMKC.  Transfer credit will be considered in accordance with the guidelines in the Master’s Degrees Academic Regulations section of the catalog.

Undergraduate Foundation Coursework

ACCTNG 306Introduction to the Accounting Profession and Procedures3
ACCTNG 307Cost Management3
ACCTNG 310Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCTNG 350Accounting Systems And Controls3
Total Credits12

M.S.A. Coursework

Minimum of 30 credit hours beyond Foundation Coursework.

Required if not taken elsewhere:
ACCTNG 5557Introduction To Income Taxation (unless waived by ACCTNG 412 or equivalent)3
ACCTNG 5560Introduction To Auditing And Accounting Systems (unless waived by ACCTNG 405 or equivalent)3
Required courses:
ACCTNG 5568Data Analytics for Accounting3
ACCTNG 5576Tax Research, Procedure And Practice3
ACCTNG 5578Current Problems In Accounting3
Electives to arrive at 30 hours15-21
12 hours may be selected from other Bloch School disciplines.