Program Information

Curriculum

In the Master's in Accounting Program, you'll take 30 credits of required core and elective courses. There are 18 credits of foundation courses which may be waived by prior equivalent coursework. If you have a bachelor's in accounting from an AACSB-accredited institution, the entire foundation is typically waived. For more information and commonly asked questions, be sure to look over the advising notes [PDF] for MSA students, as well as the expected course schedule [PDF].

The master's in accounting program provides a balanced and broad education and in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical concepts of accounting. There are several areas of concentration available and you'll be given the opportunity to relate accounting topics to other disciplines as you develop the broad base of knowledge necessary to create, use and audit accounting information systems. The master's in accounting program meets the American Institute of CPAs’ recommendations and Michigan State Board of Accountancy requirements, if appropriate electives are chosen.

Faculty

The Department of Accounting and Finance has 27 full-time faculty holding the highest degree in their field and two full-time lecturers with master’s degree. Nearly 90% of accounting faculty have CPA and/or other professional certifications and work experience. All graduate classes are taught by full-time faculty with class size limited to 25 students or less. This allows for great interaction and discussion of real-world issues. Beyond their teaching excellence, accounting and finance faculty actively mentor students and seek opportunities to connect them with accounting firms and other organizations. This opportunity to gain real-world experience, coupled with the chance to build relationships with people who can provide references, puts EMU accounting and finance students ahead of their peers.