Master of Science in Accounting

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Interpret relevant rules and regulations to formulate and apply a logical position to an accounting issue.
  • 2. Formulate solutions for structured and unstructured business problems and issues.
  • 3. Transform and interpret data to answer an accounting question.
  • 4. Communicate professionally both orally and in writing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the STEM designated 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

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 be required  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.

Foundation Coursework

ACCTNG 5517Introduction to Intermediate and the Accounting Profession3
ACCTNG 5550Accounting Information Systems3
ACCTNG 5556Cost Management3
ACCTNG 5558Financial Accounting Theory3
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
Select one of the interest areas below:6
Interest Area 1, Business Analysis and Reporting
Business Analysis and Reporting
Advanced Financial Accounting Theory
Interest Area 2, Information Systems and Controls
Advanced Accounting Systems
Information Security and Controls
Interest Area 3, Tax Compliance and Planning
Tax Theory And Business Applications
Individual Tax Problems
Interest Area 4, Corporate Accounting
Business Analysis and Reporting
Tax Theory And Business Applications
Electives to arrive at 30 total hours9-15
12 hours may be selected from other Bloch disciplines