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Accounting, M.S.A.

The Master of Science in accounting offers an intensive, concentrated learning experience. This specialization is designed for those pursuing Certified Public Accountant certification and careers in public, industry, and nonprofit accounting.

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Program Overview

  • Program Focus. In-depth exploration of essential aspects of accounting with practical experience within the discipline.
  • Individualized Program Plan. Seidman advisors develop an individualized plan of study to meet specific career goals.
  • Flexibility. Part-time or full-time study.

Why Study Accounting at Grand Valley?

  • Vibrant, synergistic relationships with area businesses offer opportunities for collaboration on career development and on community-based projects.
  • Faculty members consult actively with local and national businesses. This dynamic exchange keeps students current and connected through a blend of theory and applied practice.
  • The program is available to anyone with a baccalaureate degree, including those with limited accounting experience.
  • Accreditation through AACSB International, the premier business school accrediting organization, is a testament to quality. Seidman College is regularly recognized as a top business school and students excel in local, state, and national educational competitions.
  • Classes are held in the thriving business community in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, with online options for students who reside elsewhere or prefer online learning.

Career Insights

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Seidman is accredited by the AACSB International. Visit their accreditation page for details.

Location & Format

Classes for graduate students in this major meet downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

  • Face To Face


The program is available to anyone with a baccalaureate degree, including those with limited accounting experience. Curriculum prerequisites will vary depending on previous business and accounting coursework. Coursework for all M.S.A. students includes theory, ethics, analysis, international accounting, structured analytics, and emerging technologies.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the fully completed application must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to the intended semester of enrollment. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.S.A. program is based on an evaluation of the candidate's application and other submitted documentation. An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required, but those with limited undergraduate business education are required to complete business and accounting courses that provide a foundation for advanced study in accounting.

Applicants must submit an official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution. Additionally, applicants must submit:

  • GMAT score (unless waived)
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL score (if English is not the applicant's first language)

Additional program information can be found here

For More Information

Seidman College of Business
50 Front Avenue SW, SCB 3030
(616) 331-7400

Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office

Program Director

Erika Murphy, SHRM-SCP
(616) 331-7026


“I knew that I wanted a new career, specifically in accounting. However, I was not really sure, at 51 years of age, how to make that happen. The M.S.A. program was a perfect fit. The staff and professors were extremely helpful, and the curriculum gave me the tools to accomplish my goals.”



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