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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, M.S.

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The objective of the Master of Science degree in Accounting is to provide a broad-based background in business and depth and breadth in accounting. This combination will provide students with a strong basis for exercising judgement in accounting-related decisions within managerial and professional positions and enhance career development. The program serves both working professionals and full-time students and satisfies the educational requirements to take the Texas Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in any major are qualified to apply for the MS in Accounting program. Students who possess an undergraduate degree in accounting can complete the MS in Accounting degree program in as few as 30 credit hours. Students who enter the MS in Accounting program with an undergraduate business-related major outside of accounting will likely have satisfied the Business and Principles of Accounting I foundation requirements and thus can complete the degree in as few as 42 credit hours. Students who have not taken business courses may need to take ten foundations courses and thus can complete the degree in 60 credit hours.

Additional Information

  • A three-hour accounting elective (ACCT XXXX) is also required.
  • If the MS in Accounting with a concentration in MIS is declared, the Accounting Elective is replaced with an MIS concentration course.
  • In some cases, a major course can be replaced with an elective course if a student has recently achieved a satisfactory grade in an undergraduate course covering similar material. If an accounting major course is replaced, the student must substitute that course with a graduate accounting elective. If a non-accounting major course is replaced, the student must substitute that course with a graduate business elective, which includes graduate accounting elective courses.

Foundation Courses

In some cases, a student will need to take one or more foundation courses to obtain the necessary prerequisite knowledge to take the major courses and meet the education requirements to take the Texas CPA examination.

The foundation courses that may be required for some MS in Accounting students are as follows:

Accounting Concentration in Data Analytics and Management Information Systems (MIS)

Students may choose the data analytics and management information systems concentration in their Master of Science Degree in Accounting.

Additional Information

Texas House Bill 1508

Texas House Bill (HB) 1508 amended the Texas Occupations Code Section 58.001 to require educational centers that offer programs that lead to occupational licensure to share the following information with their students: 

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program.
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines that state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history.  Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details. 
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupation Code 53.102.

 Please check with the agency issuing the license for additional information.

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