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.

Course Format

The MSA is offered 100% online.  You will also have the option to take classes in our Net+ hybrid format that offers additional interaction with two weekend campus sessions per semester. 

100% Online Option

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is a 100% online program.  This approach provides flexible interactions many students and professionals require in their busy lives. Online learning is done through many techniques including discussion boards, online chats, podcasts, video meetings, and other methods.  The University of Michigan-Flint utilizes the Blackboard learning platform for its online education. 

The MSA is designed to be accessible to full-time students and busy working professionals from a wide geographic area. MSA online tuition is extremely affordable for both in-state and out-of-state students.  Students without an AACSB accounting bachelor degree may have to complete two Foundation courses. The first MSA Foundation course is offered online in the spring semester and in our Net+ format in the fall semester.


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.


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.



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 (21 credits)

  • ACC 535 - Financial Reporting Special Topics (3)
  • ACC 545 - Seminar in Management Accounting (3)
  • ACC 550 - Individual Federal Income Taxation (3)
  • ACC 555 - Advanced Federal Income Taxation Theory and Research (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 (9 credits) 

  • ACC 525 - Tax Preparation (3) 
  • ACC 538 - Advanced Financial Reporting (3)
  • ACC 562 - Forensic Accounting (3)
  • FIN 567 - Financial Statement Analysis (3)

At least 6 additional credits from: 

  • MSA electives listed above
  • MBA non-accounting courses


All requirements must be completed within five calendar years of initial enrollment in the program.

An overall grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for program completion. A grade point average of less than 3.0 constitutes a sufficient basis for probationary status and, if the grade point average is not improved, dismissal from the program. Students with probationary status must make progress toward “good standing.” Failure to do so may result in required reduction in the maximum courses the student may enroll in or other actions. Courses with a grade of D or less must be retaken. Courses in which a grade below B is received may be retaken once for credit. In such cases, both the original grade and the grade received when the course is retaken appear on the transcript and are used in determining the student’s grade point average.

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 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.


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered 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 or GMAT waiver*
  • 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 extracurricular activities 
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.

*GMAT waivers available. Learn more here

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Early Deadline - May 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline - August 1 
  • Winter - November 15 
  • Spring - March 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
  • Summer - May 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility 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 October 1 for the winter semester.

International students on a student visa (F-1 or J-1) may begin the MSA 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.