Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

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.

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.

Dual 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 your foundational knowledge, then 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.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

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 institution.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

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.


The UM-Flint MSA program is accredited by AACSB International. AACSB is the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 5.5% 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.