Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Accounting (MSA) Program Apart?


You’ll emerge from the program prepared to complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam as well as other professional certificates in accounting. You’ll also be ready to compete for challenging and rewarding accounting positions as well as career advancement.


As an MSA student, you’ll have the flexibility to complete courses through our convenient NetPlus! format. NetPlus! allows you to complete a majority of your coursework online while benefitting from personal interaction with fellow students and faculty in traditional on-campus classroom sessions that meet twice per semester on a Friday and Saturday. The classroom sessions blend online course content with student and faculty interactions. More info on NetPlus! can be found here

Note: Beginning Fall 2016, fall and winter terms will be 15 weeks long with residencies on 3rd and 11th Fridays/Saturdays. Spring and summer terms will be 7 weeks long with residencies on 2nd and 6th Fridays/Saturdays.


Experienced, tested, and respected experts in their field, MSA faculty bring practical working knowledge into the online and traditional classroom. Highly accessible both online and in person, MSA faculty are committed to your success as a student and as a professional. All full-time MSA faculty are also CPAs.


UM-Flint’s School of Management offers students the opportunity to also earn their MBA by double counting up to 15 credits from the MSA. The advantage to the student is an MBA degree takes less credits to complete, saving time and money.


The MSA is open to students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds including those with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, other business discipline, or non-business field. The program is designed to build on your specific knowledge base and deepen your understanding of accounting at an advanced level.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint MSA students have access to additional library and educational resources, expertise, and business databases at our campuses in Ann Arbor and Dearborn.


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The UM-Flint MSA program is accredited by AACSB-International. AACSB is the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 12% of business schools are accredited by AACSB. In accordance with AACSB, we subscribe to the highest standards in management education. We prepare students to contribute to their organizations, the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers. For more information, visit www.aacsb.edu.


Accounting (MSA)

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing Certified Public Accountancy or another advanced accounting degree.  The minimum required 30 credit hours must include at least seven courses (21 credits) from the listed MSA core and elective courses and at least three courses (9 credits) of additional MSA electives or MBA non-accounting courses.  Students with undergraduate accounting backgrounds may be eligible to have one or both foundation courses waived.

The MSA Program provides:

  1. A focused, comprehensive accounting master’s degree that provides excellent preparation for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam.
  2. A foundation in accounting principles for students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than accounting.
  3. In-depth study in financial reporting, cost management, accounting systems and controls, auditing, and forensic accounting.
  4. Elective courses in taxation, non-for-profit accounting, advanced financial reporting, and financial statement analysis.
  5. Convenient NetPlus! offerings of foundation and required courses that combine online learning with Friday/Saturday on campus residencies every six weeks. Elective courses are offered online or on campus during evening timeslots.

Admission to the MSA Program

The MSA program is designed for students who have demonstrated the ability to succeed in graduate-level professional education and in completing the CPA exam. Students can complete the undergraduate preparation necessary for the MSA program either through a bachelor’s program that focuses on accounting or through the other bachelor programs at accredited colleges and universities of the United States and elsewhere. The program’s foundation courses are intended for students with less undergraduate accounting preparation.

Students pursuing a MSA degree are admitted to the program using the same criteria as those currently existing for the MBA program. Applications for admission are available from the School of Management Office, its website, or from the Office of Graduate Programs. Admission to the program is not granted until the application materials are submitted and reviewed.

Application Deadlines

Priority application deadlines are:

  • August 1 for fall entry
  • November 1 for winter entry
  • February 1 for spring entry
  • May 1 for summer entry

International applications are due:

  • May 1 for fall entry
  • September 1 for winter entry

Completed files received by the deadline receive priority in review; files completed after the deadline are reviewed if seats remain.

Completed applications should be received by the Office of Graduate Programs by the published deadlines. For additional information consult:
School of Management
University of Michigan-Flint
1 Riverfront Center West
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 762-3160


A. Foundation Courses (0-6 credits)

Up to 6 credits, dependent on waivers:

  • ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers (3).
  • ACC 530 - Intermediate Financial Reporting (3).

B. Core Courses (18 credits)

  • ACC 535 - Financial Reporting Special Topics (3).
  • ACC 545 - Seminar in Management Accounting (3).
  • ACC 550 - Individual Federal Income Taxation (3).
  • ACC 565 - Seminar in Contemporary Accounting Systems and Control (3).
  • ACC 575 - Auditing and Assurance Services (3).
  • ACC 580 - Advanced Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting and Financial Reporting (3).

C. Electives (12 credits)

  • One MSA elective from:

  • ACC 538 - Advanced Financial Reporting (3).
  • ACC 555 - Advanced Federal Income Taxation Theory and Research (3).
  • ACC 562 - Forensic Accounting (3).
  • FIN 567 - Financial Statement Analysis (3).

  • At least 9 additional credits from:

  • MSA electives above or other MBA non-accounting courses

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Admission to the MSA program is open to qualified graduates with a bachelor’s degree in the arts, sciences, engineering, or business administration from a regionally accredited college or university.

Admission is based on criteria that have been shown to predict success in graduate business programs, including prior academic performance, Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results, and work experience.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores sent directly to the University of Michigan-Flint
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page, typed response to the question, “What are your career objectives and how will an MSA contribute to accomplishing these objectives?”
  • Résumé, including work experience and extra-curricular activities
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester Early Deadline - May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline - August 1
  • Winter Semester - November 15
  • Spring Semester - March 15
  • Summer Semester - May 15

* You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the winter semester.

Please note: International students on a student visa (F-1 or J-1) may begin the  MSA NetPlus program in the Fall or Winter semesters only (Spring and Summer admission is not permitted).  In addition, international students on a student visa must enroll in at least one traditional, “on campus” 3-credit  course in each Fall and Winter semester to maintain visa requirements.