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Earn career capital with a Master of Science in Accounting from A&M-Commerce

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.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Downtown Dallas, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Online
Total Credit Hours

36 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.03 SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED

SEE YOURSELF SUCCEED WITH A DEGREE IN ACCOUNTING

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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.06 PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

A degree in accounting will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills that prepare you for the demands of the global business environment.
  • Prepare you for a number of certification exams.
  • Learn about federal income tax on both individual and corporate levels.
  • Sharpen your abilities to research, analyze and communicate topics in accounting and/or tax by using qualitative and/or quantitative research methodology.
  • Gain an understanding of cost management concepts.
  • Explore information systems that provide accounting and other information to make effective and efficient decisions.
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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.07 Careers

Careers

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

Accountant
$68,000
Tax Manager
$99,700

US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.10 MAJORS/EMPHASIS

Minor

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.

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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.11 WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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What You Will Learn

Learning is experiential in our MS in Accounting program. With courses covering tax accounting, audit, international accounting, business ethics and even forensics, you will develop the analytical skills and professional expertise demanded by top firms around the world. The College of Business Career Center will assist you in building a foundation for long-term career growth through internships and other services.

Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

  • Foundation courses including Research and Communications, Auditing, Financial Statement Analysis and Government and Not-For-Profit
  • Core accounting courses including Advanced Accounting and Advanced Income Tax Accounting
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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.12 FEATURED COURSES

Featured Courses

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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.13 Course Delivery and Resources

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Course Delivery and Resources

Our programs are designed to be flexible, meeting the needs of working professionals who want the convenience of a fully online degree, full-time students who prefer face-to-face classes and blended options for those who need the convenience of both. We offer a graduate-level business degree to fit your lifestyle and career aspirations.

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Student Organizations

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is an international scholastic and professional financial information honors society. The primary objective of the society is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the fields of accounting, finance and management information systems.

National Association for Black Accountants

National Association for Black Accountants (NABA) is dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black accounting and finance professionals by providing leadership and technical training, as well as networking and career opportunities. NABA is the largest professional membership organization focused specifically on African-Americans and people of color in the accounting, finance and business-related fields. NABA’s members share and promote a professional ethos – “Lifting as We Climb!” NABA is represented at Texas A&M University-Commerce campus. For more information, please visit the Department of Accounting and Finance.

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Graduate Business Program Costs

Program Costs

The tuition and fees for a graduate student in the College of Business taking 9 credit hours is $3,820 for a Texas resident and $7,500 for a non-resident.

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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS International/Domestic Tabs

Admission

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MARKETING (MS) :: Admissions Requirements College of Business

Domestic Student Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GMAT/GRE official test scores ( can be waived with an overall undergraduate GPA above 3.0 or a 3.25 on the last 60 hrs).
  • (GMAT/GRE scores are waived for 2021 admission)

Required Documents

  • Apply Texas Application
  • $50 (USD) application fee
  • All official transcripts
    • All transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework from an accredited institution in an area of study approved by the department
  • Professional test scores
    • GMAT/General Test GRE official test scores (if necessary)
  • One letter of recommendation
    • Letter must be from a current or past business associate or professor who will describe your professional or academic career, as appropriate. The recommendation can be in the form of a letter, our recommendation form or both.

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MARKETING (MS) :: Admissions Requirements, International College of Business

International Student Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GMAT/GRE official test scores or 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA or 3.25 on the last 60 hours of coursework toward the bachelor’s degree

Required Documents

  • Apply Texas Application
  • $75 (USD) application fee
  • One letter of recommendation
    • Letter must be from a current or past business associate or professor who will describe your professional or academic career, as appropriate.
  • All official transcripts
    • All transcripts used towards a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
    • Any master’s degree transcript(s) with graduate coursework from an accredited institution in an area of study approved by the department
    • A copy of the provisional certificate or diploma
  • Professional test scores
    • GMAT/General Test GRE official test scores or 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA (3.25 on the last 60 hours of coursework toward the bachelor’s degree)
  • Official sponsor statement
  • Bank statement from the sponsor
    • Must reflect a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD and be less than 1 year old
  • English Proficiency
    Scores must be less than 2 years old.
    • Official TOEFL (Minimum Scores: IBT 79, or CBT 213, or PBT 550), or
    • Official IELTS (Minimum Score: 6.00 band overall), or
    • Official PTE (Minimum Score: 53 overall or higher), or
    • Completion (all years) of a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States

Application Packet Submission Deadlines

Applications (for programs that are not fully online) have the following deadlines:

Fall admission consideration: June 1

Spring admission consideration: October 15

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Accounting (MSA) :: Staff 1.14a

Department contact

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the MSA offered?

The MSA is offered both in Dallas and online. A few courses are also available in Commerce.

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If I already have an MBA from TAMUC, how many additional hours are required to also get an MSA?

You can complete an MSA with as few as 24 additional hours.

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Do I need to take ACCT 501 and 502 first?

Yes, but there are several other courses that you can also take at the same time.

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How many hours are required to earn the MSA?

The MSA is a 36 hour program, or 42 hours if you lack the two prerequisites.

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What are the MSA prerequisites?

ACCT. 501 and 502 are required if you have not already passed Principles of Accounting and Intermediate Accounting, respectively.

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Can I complete the courses in any order?

Yes, you can, so long as you have any required prerequisites for a course.

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Do I have complete choice as to which 36 hours I take?

No. There is an accounting core of 24 hours and an advanced accounting core of 6 hours. The remaining 6 hours consists of electives.

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How long does it take to complete the MSA program?

Some students may be able to totally complete the program in one year and one semester; however, everyone’s situation is different and it could take longer.

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Can I transfer any credits into the MSA?

Yes, up to 12 hours.

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Do the changes to ACCT 595 mean I need to take additional classes?

Not necessarily.

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.

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Additional questions?

Please contact the Director of the College of Business Graduate Advising, Shanna Hoskison at 1-866-622-3899 or at [email protected].

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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

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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.

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Where can I find the MS accounting comprehensive exam procedures?

You can find the procedures here.

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Where can I get the required research hours?

The State Board approved ACCT 521 and ACCT 538 for one-hour of research each. Going forward, both courses (ACCT 521 and ACCT 538) will each provide one hour of the required research credit.

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Where can I get the required communication hours?

The communication hours required by the State Board are still satisfied in ACCT 595.

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When can I take ACCT 595?

Ideally, you should take ACCT 595 first. However, if you are already enrolled, you may take ACCT 595 as soon as possible.

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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.

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Can I use the prerequisite courses as electives?

No, they do not form part of the degree. They are required so that you have the background in accounting to be able to take the courses which comprise the MSA program.

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What other use do the electives have?

If you have already completed a particular course, or subject material, elsewhere and are not getting credit for it in the MSA, you will choose an elective to achieve your required hours rather than repeating the course again.

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Dean’s Office Contact Information COB

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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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Accounting (MSA) :: 1.14 RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMS

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