Business - MSA

MSA Requirements

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree is designed for students pursuing CPA certification and other accounting careers, including those individuals with limited undergraduate accounting courses. 

The Master of Science in Accounting program consists of 33 semester hours of graduate studies with at least 18 semester hours in accounting.

Students are required to complete:

  • ACC 607:  Ethics for Accountants
  • ACC 613:  Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACC 617:  International Accounting
  • ACC 620:  Accounting Theory


The remaining 21 credits are selected from graduate accounting and business courses, depending on the student's career interests and previous course work.  Students with little or no previous business coursework may have 24 credits additional to the 12-credit core above.  Students who have not previously completed course work in intermediate accounting, cost accounting, auditing, and/or tax will complete the respective courses at the graduate level (ACC 602, 611, 612, 614, 615, 616, 618, and FIN 621). Students who have completed courses in these areas may select electives from other graduate business offerings or, with permission of the program director, from graduate program offerings outside the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley.   Student interested in additional study in Finance or Taxation may earn an emphasis by completing a series of courses in their respective area.

Students may earn the MSA by attending part time or full time.  Courses are primarily available in the evenings; however, some courses are offered in the afternoons, especially during the summer semester.

The MSA is fully accredited by the prestigious AACSB - International.

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