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Master of Science in Accounting

Click to request more informationOur Master of Science in Accounting program provides a unique advanced business education. This 37 to 39-hour program is non-thesis and offers you the opportunity to master the specialization of your choice. Through a combination of core courses, electives, and leadership development opportunities, your MS program develops and deepens the competencies needed in your career.

We stress both technical accounting knowledge and the development of leadership, communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills. The program also enables you to gain knowledge of financial statement analysis, the marketing of professional services, public policy, financial markets, information systems and the impact of technology on accounting and business.

The program is primarily designed for those with undergraduate preparation in accounting. Exceptional candidates from other disciplines, however, may be considered. Upon completion of the program, you should have completed Texas' 150-hour educational requirement for the CPA examination.

Career opportunities

Because accounting continues to be recognized as one of the world's leading professions, accounting master's graduates are in demand. Numerous companies conduct on-campus interviews because our graduates are known for their excellent work ethic, knowledge base and willingness to contribute. Mays Business School at Texas A&M University is a primary source of talent for all Big Four and other public accounting firms and corporations.

Tracks

This program offers two tracks of coursework.

Assurance Services/Information Management Track

The Assurance Services/Information Management track examines business and accounting concepts from the perspective of an assurance services professional. This track encourages students to develop technical, yet common sense, answers to a variety of accounting situations.

This track develops skills needed to audit or consult with multinational corporations and financial institutions. The courses place heavy emphasis on both oral and written communication skills. Students receive a firm grounding in contemporary issues in auditing, accounting and finance.

The curriculum has been designed to develop a broad business background with an emphasis on accounting and financial management. Students develop skills that require "thinking out of the box", teamwork, problem identification and analysis which prepare graduates to react to rapid changes.

This track leads to the MS-Accounting degree. Although most graduates of this track begin their careers in the assurance services or consulting division of a national public accounting firm, many graduates take positions in the accounting or finance areas of major corporations.

COURSE TITLE HRS
ACCT 607 Seminar in Auditing 3
ACCT 621 Corporate Tax 3
ACCT 628 Business Application Modeling 3
ACCT 644 Control of Audit Information Systems
3
ACCT 646 International Accounting 3
ACCT 647 Financial Statement Analysis 3
ACCT 648 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT 650 Accounting Ethics
3
ACCT 651 Development of Accounting Thought
3
ACCT 689 Graduate Professional Account Seminar
1
FINC 629 Financial Management I 3
MGMT 643 Business Law 3
Elective Any graduate course with the approval of the graduate advisor
3
Minimum credit hours for
MS-Accounting - ASSURANCE SERVICES/INFORMATION MANAGEMENT TRACK
37

Tax Consulting/Financial Planning Track

The Tax Consulting/Financial Planning track provides students a broad foundation for understanding the taxation of entities and the relationship of taxes to the overall business decision process. Specifically, the track focuses on identifying tax problems, conducting research using the latest databases and interpreting the tax code as well as relevant literature.

Students not only collect information, but also analyze the data and present the results in both written and oral presentations. This track focuses primarily on the fundamental and contemporary aspects of developing tax strategies in the complex world of business.

Courses in the taxation of entities - including corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts - provide students with a broad background for identifying solutions to complex tax situations and developing sound business strategies.

This track leads to the MS-Accounting degree with a concentration in taxation. Many graduates start their careers with Big Four and other national or regional public accounting firms. Both accounting firms and corporations prefer that their professional staff have master's degrees when entering their tax departments.

COURSE TITLE HRS
ACCT 611 Management of Taxation 3
ACCT 612 Partnership and Real Estate Taxation
3
ACCT 615 Contemporary Tax Topics
3
ACCT 621 Corporate Tax 3
ACCT 646 International Accounting 3
ACCT 647 Financial Statement Analysis 3
ACCT 650 Accounting Ethics 3
ACCT 680 Tax Research and Policy 3
ACCT 689 Graduate Professional Account Seminar 1
FINC 629 Financial Management I 3
MGMT 643 Business Law 3
Electives Any graduate courses with the approval of the graduate advisor
6
Minimum credit hours for
MS-Accounting - TAX CONSULTING/FINANCIAL PLANNING TRACK
37

Students who have not met the accounting communications requirement will also take ACCT 421 - Critical Communications in Accounting (2 credit hours).

Admission requirements

Admission to the MS-Accounting program is based on the assessment of several factors including the following:

Master's program applications can only be submitted online.

See also: Admission FAQs

Financial aid

As an MS-Accounting student, you are eligible to compete for a limited number of departmental scholarships. If admitted, information on how to apply for a scholarship will be provided. Part-time student worker positions are also available, but tuition waivers are not granted with these positions.

Advising

MS-Accounting advisor: Terri Zimmerman '80, (979) 845-9679

Director

Dr. Annie McGowan AMcGowan@Mays.tamu.edu