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M.S. in Accountancy

M.S. in Accountancy

The Boler College of Business's Master of Science in Accountancy prepares students for leadership roles and careers in professional accountancy and for licensure as Certified  Public Accountants. The program's flexibility allows students to complete  their advanced degree in as little  as 12 months, depending on their specific needs.


Why the MS in Accountancy?

Among Ohio schools, the Boler College of Business consistently ranks near the top in pass rates on the Certified Public Accountant examination. The Boler accountancy faculty members are top in their fields and push students to maintain the highest level of rigor in the classroom.


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The Master of Science in Accountancy is open to students with a variety of backgrounds who desire a concentrated plan of study to prepare for a career in accountancy Students interested in pursuing the MS in Accountancy will follow  one of three course-sequence paths depending on their undergraduate coursework  and degree.

Students with a non-business undergraduate degree will normally need to complete  25 courses or 75 hours of business and accounting study: 45 hours taken at the undergraduate level and 30 hours taken at the graduate level. Several of the business preparatory courses may be waived for the student  with a business minor or concentration.

Students with  a business undergraduate degree not in accountancy will normally  need to complete  16 courses or 48 hours of business study: 18 hours taken at the undergraduate level and 30 hours taken at the graduate level. Several of the business preparatory courses may be waived for the student  who has taken courses such as intermediate accountancy, income taxation, and/or  business law. Additional preparatory coursework  may be required  if there is insufficient business or accountancy coursework in the student's  background.

Students with an undergraduate degree in accountancy may complete  the program in as few as 10 courses or 30 hours. Like the MBA, the MS in Accountancy degree can be completed  in three semesters covering just over one calendar year.

Boler MS in Accountancy At A Glance

DELIVERY: Evenings (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur courses)

CREDITS: 30-credit hour program (75 if all accounting foundation courses required)

TIME FRAME: May be completed in one year (summer included)

TESTING: GMAT or GRE are not required for admissions; required for certain fellowship, assistantship, and scholarship consideration

Fall: August 1
Spring: December  1
Assistantship: February 15
Fellowship: March  1
Summer: April1

TUITION (RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT): $27,900 (base, subject to change)

FELLOWSHIPS: The James C. Boland, EY Fellowship; William J. Cenker Fellowship; George G. Goodrich Fellowship; Raymond E. Smiley Fellowship

SCHOLARSHIPS: Graduate Boler Dean's, Accounting Magis, Accounting Base, and Accounting Presidential Scholarships

ASSISTANTSHIPS: Limited number (tuition waiver and stipend) February 15 Application Deadline


DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Science in Accountancy

ACCREDITATION: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Boler College of Business holds dual AACSB accreditation (school and accounting program), placing it among only 4 percent of business schools worldwide.


Boler MS in Accountancy Curriculum

Our 30 credit hour program  (75 if all accounting Foundation Courses are required) is designed to be completed  in one year. The course schedule for the MS in Accountancy program  (excluding the accounting Foundation  Courses) is as follows:

Year Semester Course Name Credits
First Fall Contemporary Topics in Accounting 3
  Fall Fraud Examination 3
  Fall Elective (AC 562 or AC 563) 3
  Fall Leadership Lab and Management Skills 3
  Spring Data Analytics for Accounting 3
  Spring Information Systems Control and Assurance 3
  Spring Elective 3
  Summer Accounting Theory and Policy 3
  Summer Ethics and Business Environmental Issues 3
  Summer Elective (AC 562 or AC 563) 3

Students must complete either AC 562 Global Accounting & Business Issues or AC 563 Seminar in International Taxation and two additional Elective courses.


To view the MS in Accountancy Curriculum by semester please click here.

To view the MS in Accountancy - Tax Concentration - Curriculum by semester please click here.

To view the Foundation Courses Pathway for MS in Accountancy students please click here.

A list of the Boler Graduate Accountancy Course Descriptions can be found here.

Boler MS in Accountancy Admissions

Information about admissions into the Boler MS in Accountancy program may be found on the Boler website MS in Accountancy Admissions.

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Program Learning Goals

MS in Accountancy students will:

1. Our students will enhance their understanding of accounting concepts and application of appropriate research tools to develop effective solutions to accounting problems.

2. Our students will demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary for identifying and addressing complex interdisciplinary situations, including ethical dilemmas.

3. Our students will enhance their ability to effectively communicate through oral presentations and writing assignments

4. Our students will develop diverse perspectives on global business through civic and global learning.

5. Our students will gain a broad, integrative perspective of the functional areas in accounting through applied and collaborative learning.

Admissions Concierge

We would like to speak with you directly about your interest in the Boler MS in Accountancy. Kristopher Tibbs (MBA) Assistant Dean for Graduate Business Programs is available to discuss the program and whether it’s a right fit for your goals and current career/life situation.

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