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Master of Accounting

The Master of Accounting offers students an opportunity to study accounting topics in greater detail than at the undergraduate level. M.Acc. students must complete a track in one of 3 areas:

  • Financial Reporting and Assurance
  • Tax
  • Information Systems

To receive a well-rounded business education, students take electives in other business areas such as business law, marketing, finance, and organizational behavior. In addition, the program gives students the opportunity to improve writing, oral presentation, and interpersonal skills needed for a successful career in accounting and information systems.

M.Acc. Degree Requirements

  1. Candidates for the M.Acc. degree who have undergraduate degrees in accounting from KU or other schools with equivalent undergraduate accounting programs must complete at least 30 semester credit hours of course work. Students may count 6 hours of credit at the 500-600 level toward the M.Acc. degree provided that the credit is not applied to the undergraduate degree.
  2. Candidates with undergraduate degrees in business without an accounting major must complete 26 hours of undergraduate accounting classes.

M.Acc. Requirements

Required for students with undergraduate accounting or business degrees:


Students must choose a track from one of the following areas: 12

Financial Reporting and Assurance Track (ACCT 545 and 4 of the following):

  • ACCT 721 Advanced Accounting Problems (3)
  • ACCT 722 Current Issues in Financial Reporting (3)
  • ACCT 726 Advanced Managerial Accounting — Quantitative and Economic Topics (3)
  • ACCT 741 Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 742 Advanced Auditing (3)
  • ACCT 743 Assessing Inherent and Control Risks (3)
  • ACCT 745 Specialized Accounting Practices (3)

Tax Track (all required)

Information Systems Track (4 courses)

  • Track core:
    IST 704 Database Management (3)
    IST 706 Systems Analysis and Design (3)
  • And 2 of the following:
    IST 702 Systems Development (3)
    IST 708 Strategic Information Systems Planning (3)
    IST 709 Business Computer Networking (3)
    IST 712 Information Security (3)
    IST 725 Contemporary Information Technology Topics (3)
    IST 730 IT Project Management (3)
    MGMT 725 Management of Technology I: Technology and Strategy (2)
    MGMT 726 Management of Technology II: Technology and Operations (2)
Total credit hours required for students with undergraduate accounting degrees 30

Accounting Undergraduate Prerequisites (26 credit hours)

ACCT 200 Financial Accounting I (prebusiness) 4
ACCT 201 Managerial Accounting I (prebusiness) 3
ACCT 320 Financial Accounting II 3
ACCT 325 Managerial Accounting II 3
ACCT 303 Introduction to the Accounting Profession 1
ACCT 311 Information Systems for Accountants 3
ACCT 330 Introduction to Taxation 3
ACCT 410 Financial Accounting III 3
ACCT 543 Introduction to Auditing 3
Total credit hours in undergraduate accounting courses 26
Total credit hours required for students with undergraduate business degrees 56

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