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Master of Science in Accounting

Degree Requirements

The University’s general degree requirements are discussed here.

The MS in Accounting is a 36 hour degree program focused primarily on educating students in Accounting while recognizing the need for a business foundation. The degree is separated into three components:     

1.     Basic Business Core

2.     Accounting Foundation

3.     Accounting Electives   

The classes can be completed in any order as long as the following specific course prerequisites have been met:  

         Financial Accounting (ACCT 6201) or its equivalent, and

         Managerial Accounting (ACCT 6202) or its equivalent  

Students must address any deficiencies in these prerequisites within the first twelve hours of graduate work and prior to taking any course with these defined prerequisites.  Also, students do not earn degree credit for program prerequisites.  

Within the M.S. in Accounting degree program, students must choose 18 elective hours.  Students can pick and choose the courses that best fit their unique career goals and needs.  Typical career paths include areas such as corporate accounting, assurance services, tax, or internal audit.  Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in both core courses and in aggregate to qualify for the M.S. in Accounting degree.  

The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) accepts all courses followed by * below towards the requirement of 30 semester hours of upper level accounting for CPA eligibility.  

A. Basic Business Core (12 credit hours)

Each candidate must satisfactorily complete the following four courses.
ACCT 6343 Accounting Information Systems* OR OPRE 6302 Operations Management
ACCT 6344 Financial Statement Analysis*
MECO 6303 Business Economics OR FIN 6301 Financial Management
OPRE 6301 Quantitative Introduction to Risk and Uncertainty in Business

B.   Accounting Foundation (6 credit hours)

Each candidate must satisfactorily complete the following two accounting foundation courses:
ACCT 6330 Intermediate Financial Accounting I*
ACCT 6332 Intermediate Financial Accounting II*

Note: candidates who have completed the accounting foundation courses (or their undergraduate equivalents) may be able to obtain a course waiver and substitute for these required courses with other graduate level ACCT electives.  Substitutions are approved by the appropriate Program Director, and forms may be obtained in and submitted to the School of Management Advising Office.  

C.   Accounting Electives (18 credit hours), select from any of the following courses:  

ACCT 6203 Professional Accounting Communication* (Meets TSBPA requirement of 2 credit hours of communication for CPA eligibility.)
ACCT 6333 Advanced Financial Reporting*
ACCT 6334 Audit* (ACCT 6351 & ACCT 6334 when taken together meet the TSBPA requirement of 2 credit hours of research requirement for CPA eligibility.)
ACCT 6335 Ethics for Professional Accountants (Meets the TSBPA requirement of 3 credit hours of ethics for CPA eligibility.)
ACCT 6336 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management*
ACCT 6337 Data Management*
ACCT 6338 Accounting Systems Integration and Configuration*
ACCT 6341 Planning, Control and Performance Evaluation*
ACCT 6345 Business Valuation*
ACCT 6351 Individual Taxation* (ACCT 6351 & ACCT 6334 when taken together meet the TSBPA requirement of 2 credit hours of research requirement for CPA eligibility.)
ACCT 6352 Corporate Taxation*
ACCT 6354 Partnership Taxation*
ACCT 6356 Tax Research* (Meets the TSBPA requirement of 2 credit hours of research for CPA eligibility.)
ACCT 6362 International Accounting*
ACCT 6365 Governmental/Not For Profit Accounting*
ACCT 6370 Business Law
ACCT 6377 Corporate Governance and Accounting*
ACCT 6380 Internal Audit*
ACCT 6382 Advanced Auditing*
ACCT 6383 Forensic Accounting Investigations*
ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software*
ACCT 6386 Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance*
ACCT 6v98 Accounting Internship*
ACCT CPA Review Courses (Various #s)

And other courses as listed in the Course Catalog.  

For students interested in the Internal Audit program and the CIA or CISA designation, 12-15 credit hours from the following courses are required:

ACCT 6380 Internal Audit* (This core course is required and must be taken in the first semester.)
ACCT 6334 Audit* (
ACCT 6351 & ACCT 6334 when taken together meet the TSBPA requirement of 2 credit hours of research requirement for CPA eligibility.)
ACCT 6335 Ethics for Professional Accountants (Meets the TSBPA requirement of 3 credit hours of ethics for CPA eligibility.)
ACCT 6336 Information Technology Audit and Risk Management*
ACCT 6377 Corporate Governance and Accounting*
ACCT 6382 Advanced Auditing*
ACCT 6383 Forensic Accounting Investigations*
ACCT 6384 Analytical Reviews Using Audit Software*
Internal Audit Internship

To learn more about any of the IAEP courses or information about the Internal Auditing Education Partnership program visit IAEP or contact Mark Salamasick, director of the Center for Internal Auditing Excellence, at Mark.Salamasick@utdallas.edu or 972-883-4729.

 

Last Updated: July 18, 2012