Accounting Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

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 15 credits are selected from graduate accounting and business courses, depending on the student's career interests and previous course work.  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 610, 611, 614, 615). 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.   

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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Master of Science in Accounting


Master of Science in Taxation (MST)

The MST program consists of 33 semester hours of 600-level graduate course work. The MST degree can be completed in 1.5 years if the candidate has completed all background requirements and studies full time in the Seidman College.

Candidates who intend to study part time and who have completed the background studies requirements can expect to complete the graduate programs within 2 to 2 1/2 years by completing two graduate courses each semester, including summer sessions.

Each MST candidate must complete eleven three-credit, 600-level graduate courses including a minimum of seven (7) graduate tax courses. Five graduate tax courses are required:

A minimum of two (2) graduate tax elective courses must be selected from the remaining graduate tax offerings:

Four (4) graduate tax electives (from the list above) or Seidman graduate business electives, or other graduate courses as approved by the program director, must be selected. All candidates registering for 600-level taxation courses must be degree-seeking in the MST program or have the permission of the program director and must have taken a college-level income tax course within the past five years or have the permission of the program director.

Individualized study is available for candidates interested in pursuing relevant special interests in areas where regular courses are not offered. These may consist of research projects, thesis, problem-solving projects, or other appropriate endeavors related to the candidate's present job and intellectual or career interests.

Only graduate degree-seeking candidates who have completed the core requirements or have special permission from the program director may take graduate tax courses.

All independent study topics and the amount of credit to be earned must be approved by the faculty member who agrees to supervise the project. A maximum of three hours of credit can be granted for independent study. The conditions, meeting times, workload, and subject matter concerning the project are as mutually agreed to by the candidate and the faculty member, consistent with standards of quality education. Please contact the graduate business programs director for additional information.

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Master of Science in Taxation

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