Invest in Your Career
A Master of Science in Accounting degree will take your accounting competencies and skills to the next level. Our AACSB-accredited accounting program will prepare you for a successful career in public accounting, corporate settings or government enterprises. More than just tax forms and Pro Forma, you'll learn what it takes to provide organizations with valuable insight into operations and trends that can drive company profitability.
Prerequisites for Non-business Undergrad Majors
Prerequisites for Non-business Undergrad Majors:
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- Intermediate Accounting 1&2 (ACCT 502)
Core Accounting Courses
Core Accounting Courses:
Develop Professional Skills. Dive into topics like investment, corporate finance, monetary management, and financial reporting covered in the core courses.
- Accounting Research and Communication (ACCT 595)
- Advanced Managerial Accounting (ACCT 525)
- Auditing (ACCT 527)
- Business Law for Accounting (ACCT 568)
- Financial Statement Analysis (ACCT 575)
- Forensic & Investigative Accounting (ACCT 562)
- Government and Not for Profit Accounting (ACCT 522)
- Individual Income Tax (ACCT 538)
- Advanced Income Tax Accounting (ACCT 540)
- Advanced Accounting (ACCT 521)
Make it your own. Customize your degree with electives covering a wide range of financial subjects.
- 2 Accounting Courses from COB Catalog
Available Minors (4 Courses) :
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- Business Analytics
- Cyber Security
- Digital Marketing
- Financial Planning
- Economics of US Healthcare
- Marketing Analytics
- Corporate Management
- Real Estate
Available Certificates (No Prerequisite Required)
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- Auditing and Forensic Accounting
- Tax Accounting
See Yourself Succeed with a Degree in Accounting
The College of Business offers an in-house Career Services Center focused on guiding business students seeking internships or employment.
The College of Business is one of only 800 schools worldwide to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Through guest speakers, company tours and internships, professional networking, and other opportunities, students, faculty and alumni are connected with the business community.
Engage with exceptional faculty who are industry leaders and significant scholars, producing cutting-edge research in their field.
Accounting is the language of the business.
I find accounting to be interesting and challenging. It is the language of the business world. Accountants are needed everywhere.
This being my third university teaching experience, I find the faculty at A&M-Commerce are much more likely to have recent and relevant work experience in their field. The combination of online and face-to-face instruction accommodates the nee…
My philosophy is to teach students to ‘learn how to learn.'
Accounting does not require a math genius. Its focus is on practicing logical thinking to assist decision-making. It’s an interesting and rewarding profession.
Accounting gives you the ability to achieve competency in internal control systems, managerial accounting, income tax accounting, financial accounting and not-for-profit accounting. Our MS in Accounting degree program provides advanced learning in all major areas of accounting including business law, forensics and investment accounting. As a result, the courses in this degree program will position you to meet the trends in the business environment.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2023
We offer various minors that can be combined with your Accounting (MSA) degree. You can learn more about the available minors and their course requirements by visiting the Minors for Graduate Programs page.
You will explore important topics associated with modern forensic accounting. Topics include fraud auditing, litigation support, valuation, cybercrime, and other key forensic topics.
You will explore taxes imposed by state and local governments. You will be exposed to different taxing bodies that impose taxes and the justifications and amounts subject to taxation. You will use online tax research services.
You will cover financial reporting, managerial, auditing, taxation, and information systems issues in governmental and nonprofit entities. Ethics and professional standards, as well as communication and analytical skills, are developed alongside analyzing transactions in a governmental entity and follow their effect on the financial statements.
You will study accounting as it relates to making decisions. Readings, cases, and problems dealing with managerial accounting issues, accounting concepts, budgeting and cost control, using accounting information in planning and control.
Graduate Business Program Costs
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the MSA offered?
Do I need to take ACCT 501 and 502 first?
If I already have an MBA from TAMUC, how many additional hours are required to also get an MSA?
How many hours are required to earn the MSA?
What are the MSA prerequisites?
Can I complete the courses in any order?
How long does it take to complete the MSA program?
Do I have complete choice as to which 36 hours I take?
Who can I contact with additional questions?
How can I take the Comprehensive Exam?
During your last semester you must apply for graduation to initiate the Comprehensive Exam process. When you apply for graduation (in your final semester) you will be notified regarding the exam expectations. The exam details will come about 1-2 weeks after the graduation application period closes to your MyLeo Email.
Comprehensive exams are typically given around midterms. Contact the graduate advising office [email protected] no later than the second week of the semester if you have any questions.
What other use do the electives have?
Can I use the prerequisite courses as electives?
How has ACCT 595 changed?
The research component previously used to satisfy the Research requirement of the State Board (CPA exam) has been removed. ACCT 595 no longer satisfies the State Board’s requirement for research.
Please see “Where can I get the required research hours?” for more information.
Do the changes to ACCT 595 mean I need to take additional classes?
If you are not planning to take the CPA exam, changes to ACCT 595 are not relevant.
If you completed ACCT 521 and ACCT 538 in Fall 2014 or later, then you have earned the research hours required. If you need research credit to satisfy the State’s requirements, you may take ACCT 588, which will count as an elective course.
Will the MSA qualify me to take the CPA exam?
This will depend upon the rules of each individual state. Please see the following link provided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Additional information about becoming a CPA, including about the exam, can be found at www.aicpa.org/becomeacpa.html