Why UM-Flint

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

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

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.

Blended Online Courses

MSA courses are offered in our mixed-mode NetPlus! format. This structure blends online education with two weekend (Friday & Saturday) on-campus sessions per semester. Students have the flexibility desired in a graduate program while still being engaged in a traditional classroom setting. The majority of course work is done online while integrating two campus sessions per semester. This gives students networking opportunities not found in most online programs. NetPlus! students are involved in very interactive classroom experiences including professor lectures, group discussion/debates, in-class negotiations, group presentations, simulations, guest speakers, and much more.

Additional advantages include:

  • Opportunities to collaborate with other graduate students while on-campus
  • Campus residency sessions that supplement online coursework and allow for face-to-face interactions
  • NetPlus! format makes it convenient for students from a wide geographic area to pursue the MSA
  • Campus sessions planned out two years in advance to allow scheduling ease
EXPERT FACULTY

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.

DUAL ADVANCED DEGREES

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.

STRONG KNOWLEDGE FOUNDATION

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.

U-M RESOURCES

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.

CAMPUS LEARNING LABS

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Accreditation

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.

Courses

Requirements

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

Note:

Transfer credit is limited to no more than nine credits and must have been completed in the last five years with a grade of B or better in graduate courses while enrolled as a graduate student at an AACSB accredited program, and must not be part of another degree. Exceptions to this rule are accepted only in unusual circumstances and then only by approval of the SOM Graduate Programs Committee.

Course waivers are considered only at the time of admission to the MSA Program and limited to foundation courses only.  Equivalency is determined by AACSB-International accreditation status of the institution, or by the School of Management Graduate Programs Committee. Grades in equivalent courses are also considered.  Waivers reduce the number of credits required to complete the MSA degree. However, completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours at the University of Michigan-Flint is required to graduate.

Additional information on the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) including course descriptions can be found in the catalog

Admission

Requirements

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.

Applying

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