At admission, all students receive an individualized MSA program plan that allows them to meet educational requirements for the Michigan CPA exam. Required business and accounting foundation courses are highlighted in the plan, as well as MSA courses that complement the student's previous accounting study. An assigned faculty advisor will assist the student in selecting electives that align with career goals. Credits: 33
MSA Required Courses
After the above 12 required credits are completed, the remaining 21 credits are selected from graduate accounting courses, depending on the student's career interests and previous course work. Students with little or no previous business coursework may have additional credit requirements beyond the core. Students interested in additional study in auditing 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 AACSB International.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR)
All GVSU graduate students are also required to complete online modules on Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR). Complete the Training HERE. Seidman graduate students are required to complete the following (3) modules: Data Management, Plagiarism, & CITI Conflict of Interest.
ACC 690 Internship
Internship is the best way to stand out in a competitive job market. During this authentic work experience, interns have opportunities to explore career options and interests, enhance professional skills, increase self-confidence, participate in networking with professionals, and build a strong resume. You must receive approval from your Internship Coordinator before pursuing an internship for academic credit. Complete the Seidman Internship Agreement form for review of the internship details by Accounting Internship Coordinator, Dori Danko [email protected].
Students who want to be well-equipped for a career in auditing may elect to complete the MSA degree with an emphasis in audit. The audit emphasis will be listed on the student's transcript. The student must elect the emphasis and complete (4) of the following courses, which must be taken at the graduate level:
- ACC 513 – Internal Audit, Credits: 3
- ACC 514 – External Audit, Credits: 3
- ACC 516 – Information Systems Audit, Credits: 3
- ACC 603 – Accounting and Audit Research, Credits: 3
- ACC 608 – Forensic Accounting, Credits: 3
For students with undergraduate accounting degrees, it may be possible to complete the degree with a taxation emphasis in 33 credits. Other students desiring an audit emphasis should expect to complete additional credits beyond what is required for the degree.
Students who desire advanced knowledge and skills in taxation, but not at the depth and breadth of a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) degree, may elect to complete the MSA degree with an emphasis in taxation. The taxation emphasis will be listed on the student's transcript. The student must elect the emphasis and complete the following courses:
- ACC 622 – Tax Research and Writing, Credits: 3
- ACC 624 – Corporate Tax I, Credits: 3
- ACC 627 – Estate, Gift, and Trust I, Credits: 3
- ACC 629 – Partnership Taxation, Credits: 3
For students with undergraduate accounting degrees, it may be possible to complete the degree with a taxation emphasis in 33 credits. Other students desiring a tax emphasis should expect to complete additional credits beyond what is required for the degree.