The Master of Arts in Accountancy is designed to prepare students for professional careers in accountancy. The program includes a common core of study in financial reporting and analysis, taxation, and data analytics. In addition, the degree offers two Emphasis Areas of study that provide graduate level exposure to competencies included in the examinations for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). The Master of Arts in Accountancy is also offered as part of an Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program.
UCM’s accountancy program is one of only 190 accountancy programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The School of Accountancy has identified the following graduate student learning outcomes:
Students will be able to competently solve and evaluate complex accounting problems.
Students will be able to design, execute, and interpret effective data analysis.
Students will be able to communicate professionally.
M.A. in Accountancy Admission Requirements - Beyond the University and College admission requirements, applicants for the Accountancy program must meet the following additional admission requirements:
A student who has earned a B.S.B.A. in Accountancy from the University of Central Missouri is automatically eligible for admission.
A student who has earned a B.S.B.A. degree (any major) from an AACSB-International accredited school with a GPA of 3.50 or higher is automatically eligible for admission.
If the criteria for admission in #1 or #2 above is not met, the following criteria apply:
A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.65, and
A minimum score of 400 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and
A minimum “admission score” based on one of the following criteria: (200 x undergraduate cumulative grade point average) + GMAT score > 1000. OR (200 x grade point average on last 60 hours of undergraduate credit) + GMAT score > 1050.
Note: In lieu of a GMAT score, a predicted GMAT score, based on GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores, may be used.
Select 12 semester hours of electives. To be selected with guidance from the School of Accountancy Graduate Coordinator. May include the following areas: ACCT (except ACCT 5135), BLAW, CIS, FIN, MGT, ECON, BADM, MKT, PR, RMI.
Minimum Graduate Hour Total: 30 Semester Hours
All courses in the degree must be completed with a C or better, with no more than two C’s allowed.
Accelerated Program Notes:
The Accelerated model for this program is designed for the BSBA Accountancy.
Students should apply for admittance to the Accelerated Program at the beginning of the junior year, after earning at least 60 hours of undergraduate college credit that includes the 24 semester hours of BSBA pre-admission courses, ACCT 1101, ACCT 2102 and ACCT 2901. The application must be made prior to the student earning senior status in the BSBA in Accountancy, through School of Accountancy Graduate Coordinator.
Students must meet specific academic criteria for acceptance into the Accelerated program. The minimum criteria for acceptance are:
Cumulative GPA of 3.00 (4.00 scale) or higher for the first 60 hours of undergraduate college credit.
GPA of 3.00 (or above) on the 24 semester hours of BSBA pre-admission courses.
Grade of B or higher in ACCT 1101, ACCT 2102 and ACCT 2901.
In order to remain in good standing, students must:
Maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00/(4.00 scale), and
Earn a C or better in all accounting coursework taken in the senior year.
In any semester, if either condition is not met, students will become ineligible to continue in the Accelerated program.
Courses that an accelerated student may be eligible to include as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs: