About

NetPlus! Master of Science in Accounting

The NetPlus! MSA program is designed to help students meet the challenges of a dynamic professional career in accounting.  Students will emerge from the program prepared to complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam as well as other professional certifications in accounting.  The MSA program is open to students with an accounting degree and those from all other disciplines.  The NetPlus! MSA program was designed to ensure all students succeed, no matter their educational background.  The MSA program will allow you to complete the 150 credit hours required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Students without business courses in their educational background may need additional courses to meet CPA requirements.  See the CPA Requirements tab for more details.    

Through our MSA faculty, students will develop an advanced understanding of concepts and essential skills for today's accounting practices.  These faculty are experienced, tested, and respected experts in their field, and bring practical knowledge into the online and traditional classroom.  Highly accessible, MSA faculty are committed to your success as a student and professional.  

The MSA program will also enable students the opportunity to further develop skills such as:  communication, critical and analytical thinking, integration of key knowledge, creating support structures, and the ability to effectively interact with a diverse demographic plus more. 

The NetPlus! MSA is offered in a mixed-mode format that blends the personal interaction of traditional classroom activities with the convenience of online learning.  While 60% of coursework for each course is completed online, the program features two weekend (Friday/Saturday) on-campus residencies session per semester.  These weekend residencies sessions focus on the interaction between student-student and student-professor.  The interactions are enhanced through lectures/group discussions, debates, simulations, guest speakers, team-based lessons and presentations, plus many other engaging activities. 

 

NetPlus! Weekend Residency Schedule
 7:30 am - 8:30 am Catered Breakfast / Networking
8:30 am - 12:30 pm  AM Class Session
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Catered Lunch / Networking
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm PM Class Session

A light snack is also served during the afternoon class session.
Residency session attendance is mandatory.

NOTE: If a NetPlus! MSA student takes two courses in the same semester (one AM Course and one PM Course), that student will be on campus for the entire day on both Friday and Saturday of each weekend residency. If a student elects to take a single course in a semester, said student will be on campus for 1/2 of each day Friday and Saturday, either the morning of afternoon session, depending on when which time slot the course is scheduled.  When registering for courses, students should elect only one course for each time slot (AM or PM).  Students can take a maximum of two courses per semester in the NetPlus! MSA due to the on-campus sessions.

 

Costs

In-State Tuition
Credit Hours* Tuition Fees Total
30 $862.33/cr hr Included $25,870.00
36 $862.33/cr hr Included $31,044.00

Out-State Tuition

Credit Hours* Tuition Fees Total
30 $1,023.33/cr hr Included $30,700.00
36 $1,023.33/cr hr Included $36,840.00

NetPlus! Costs Include:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Meals and refreshments for on-campus sessions
Books

Students can find course materials and textbooks for courses at the Univeristy of Michigan-Flint Bookstore.  Books come with ISBN numbers so that students can purchase the correct book edition.  

 

* Credit hours can vary between 30-36 based on Foundation course waivers.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice by action of the University of Michigan Board of Regents.  Last updated: 6/22/2016

Applying

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

  • $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  following question: “What are your career objectives and how will a MSA degree contribute to accomplishing these objectives?”
  • Resume, Include all work experience and education experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic). Submit letters using the form provided during the online application.
  • 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 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, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.

CPA

There are several approaches to completing the education requirements to become a CPA and the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management offers three options:    

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration w/ 12 credits in Accounting
  • Undergraduate degree w/ 150 total credits

 

CPA Licensure Requirements

To become a licensed CPA in the state of Michigan students must complete three requirements: 

  1. Education Requirement
  2. Experience Requirement
  3. Examination Requirement

 

To find specific details about the state of Michigan and other state’s exam requirements, please view the NASBA website and select CPA Exam.  Information about becoming a licensed CPA in Michigan can be found under NASBA – CPA Michigan and the State of Michigan LARA - CPA.

The requirements to become a CPA are somewhat detailed. However, early planning and consultation with an Accounting faculty member or School of Management advisor will enable you to complete the educational preparation necessary to enter this rewarding field efficiently and effectively.

 

Education Requirements

One of the following two education requirements must be completed to become a CPA:

  1. Complete at least 150 semesters hours of undergraduate education, including at least 30 semesters hours of accounting courses and at least 39 semester hours of other business courses. 
  2. Complete a master’s degree in accounting or business administration that includes at least 12 graduate semester hours of accounting. 

 

Experience Requirements

CPA candidates must complete one year of qualifying audit experience in a CPA firm or government agency under the direction of a licensed CPA. 

 

Examination Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Uniform CPA Examination as a candidate of Michigan, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have completed a curriculum required for a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent educational institution) including the completion of:
  2. 3 semester hours (4.5 quarter) hours in Auditing. 
  3. 21 semester (31.5 quarter) hours in accounting including study in each of the following:
    A. Financial Accounting and Accounting Theory
    B. Managerial Accounting, including Cost Accounting
    C. Accounting Systems and Controls
    D. U.S. Federal Taxation
    E. Governmental/Fund Accounting
  4. 24 semester (36 quarter) hours in general business subjects
  5. Candidates must complete all four parts of the Uniform CPA Exam (NASBA information).

 

UM-Flint Master’s Programs

The route to becoming a CPA varies by student.  Students that have completed a Bachelor degree in accounting or in any other discipline can complete the education requirements for licensure and examination with the three options the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management offers.  Students without an accounting/business undergraduate degree may need additional business courses to meet the requirements.  Section 4 of the Examination requirement is the biggest concern for students without undergraduate degrees in business/accounting. 

 

Students considering a Master program to complete the 150 credit hour requirements can pursue the University of Michigan-Flint Master of Science in Accounting (MSA).  Some students may be able to meet the requirements with the Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Concentration in Accounting.  Students without accounting or business undergrad degrees may have to pursue additional course work to meet the CPA requirements.  Those students may wish to pursue the Dual MBA/MSA program.  Please contact a School of Management advisor or faculty member for questions about the CPA. 

 

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