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Degree Requirements

The MS Accounting (M.S.A.) program at UMKC requires a minimum of 30 credit hours after all foundational requirements have been met. Up to 30 hours of foundational course work, completed at the undergraduate level, may be required for students who have earned degrees in areas outside of accounting. The program was developed with Missouri CPA requirements in mind. Students planning to sit for the CPA in other states may need to meet additional requirements.

Foundational Courses

Up to 30 hours of foundational work may be required. These courses can be waived if a comparable class has been completed with a grade of "C" or better. Students needing foundational course work will apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (B.S.A.) degree program. Admission to the B.S.A. degree program calls for a 2.500 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Those needing all foundational work will complete this section within a minimum of three semesters due to prerequisites. Grade of "C" or better in each course will be needed to satisfy requirements. In the final semester of foundational course work, the student will apply to the M.S.A. degree program.

All courses are three credit hours.

MS Accounting Course work

The M.S.A. degree program requires a minimum of 30 hours completed at the graduate level. At least one course will be selected from each topical area and the remaining hours will be made up by accounting and other business electives. All classes are three credit hours.

Auditing: select at least one course from:

Financial: select at least one course from:

Managerial: required of all students:

Tax: a minimum of three-six hours depending on prior course work:

Electives: Four or five electives will be needed to bring program total to 30 hours. Second or third courses from the areas above will count as accounting electives. Up to six hours can be business course work outside of accounting.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework completed with distinction at an accredited graduate school and relevant to the individual's degree program may be accepted toward the M.S.A. A petition requesting consideration is necessary to begin this process. Official transcripts including this course work must be on file with UMKC. Students should be prepared to supply a course syllabus and other information about the course(s). Credits cannot be accepted if they will be more than seven years old at the time of graduation. Transfer credit should be reviewed and decided within the first semester in the degree program.

Retention and Graduation Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 ("B") average to be in good standing. Of the total M.S.A. hours required, at least 80 percent of all courses must be completed with grades of "B" (3.0) or higher. Up to 20 percent can be completed with grades of "B-," "C+" or "C." No grade below "C" in a 5500-level class will count toward the degree.

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Kansas City, MO 64110
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