Master of Science in Accountancy

Batterman School of Business and Haab School of Business Mission

The Batterman and Haab Schools of Business embolden a global network of transformational and collaborative Christian leaders, dedicated faculty, entrepreneurial students, and active alumni who come together to create maximum social impact through ethical practice, innovation and service.

Program Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Accountancy program will prepare students for the rigors of a career in public accounting. Graduates of this program will have expertise in financial accounting, taxation, auditing, and analytics and will evaluate difficult ethical decisions with a Christian perspective.  The curriculum is aligned to the CPA evolution model curriculum and will prepare students to sit for the four parts of the CPA exam. 

Program Overview

This program focuses on students that seek to become Certified Public Accountants.  CPA exam review content is embedded in the courses in order to prepare students for the skills needed to be successful on the exam and in the profession.  Students will select an elective area that will align with their chosen discipline portion of the CPA exam, where they will deepen their expertise in the area that best aligns with their professional interests.  Courses are scheduled in 6 or 8 week terms and students are encouraged to sit for the CPA exam section immediately following the relevant coursework in each term.

Program Prerequisites

Prior to full acceptance into the program, students must have completed relevant undergraduate coursework in the following areas: financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, accounting information systems, cost accounting, income tax, auditing, advanced/governmental accounting or equivalent.  Students must also have a minimum of 24 additional credits in other business topics.  Students who do not met these prerequisite requirements may request a waiver from the Director of the MSA program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Analyze the legal and ethical responsibilities of accountants, businesses and businesspersons from a Christian perspective;
  • Apply a global perspective to understanding financial information and decision making;
  • Integrate accounting knowledge from various core and specialty areas to be prepared to pass three core sections of the CPA exam and one exam in their selected discipline;
  • Critically assess complex transactions, and determine the appropriate accounting treatment;
  • Analyze financial information and make recommendations to support business decision making;
  • Communicate financial and non-financial information in a professional and clear manner;
  • Utilize data analytics tools to analyze and report financial information.

Master of Science in Accountancy Curriculum

Students will complete the MSA Core (24 credits) plus electives from one topical area (6 credits), for a total of 30 credits.

MSA Core24
Ethical Leadership for Dynamic Organizations
Fraud Management
Advanced Auditing
Advanced Taxation
Excel-Based Decisions in Managerial Accounting
Financial Accounting Theory I
Financial Accounting Theory II
Accounting Data Analytics
MSA Electives: Choose 6 credits in one area
Business Analysis and Reporting6
Advanced Financial Accounting
Advanced Data Analytics
Information Systems & Controls6
Information Systems Assurance & Advisory I
Information Systems Assurance & Advisory II
Tax Compliance & Planning6
Individual Tax Compliance & Planning
Entity Tax Compliance & Planning
Total Hours30