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Master of Science in Accounting Admissions

M.S.A. graduates possess advanced-level knowledge in financial accounting, taxation, cost/managerial, systems and auditing. This level of competency meets the technical requirements for professional certification.

Graduates can apply critical thinking to analyze or devise financial solutions. And they are able to approach situations with ethical principles and professional responsibility in mind.

The Bloch M.S.A. offers options for students both with and without undergraduate accounting backgrounds. Do you want to see where a Bloch M.S.A. can take you? Learn how to take the next steps to your degree.

The Bloch School reviews completed applications in the order received and will inform you of admission committee decisions in writing via your online application portal and physical mail. You should allow two to four weeks from when the completed application is received by Bloch until there is a decision from the committee.

You may apply to and begin the M.S.A. program in any semester. Our priority deadlines are the following:

  • Fall start – August 1
  • Spring start – December 15
  • Summer start – May 1

You are encouraged to apply by the priority deadlines, but we do offer rolling admissions. However, if your completed application is not received by a semester’s priority deadline we cannot guarantee admission for that semester.

All of our M.S.A. courses are offered at night to accommodate the schedules of full-time professionals. Students without a prior accounting-related degree may be required to complete undergraduate-level foundational courses which may be scheduled in the day or evening. Please see the Applicants with Non-Accounting Degrees section below for additional application information.

Admission to the M.S.A. program is selective. A completed application includes all of the following:

UMKC application, plus application fee.

Official transcripts* (one copy) from all colleges/universities attended, sent to:
UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Electronic transcripts can be directed to umkc-admtranscript@umkc.edu.

*You must have completed a bachelor’s or first level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution.

The GMAT is not required for working professionals in a related field or applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited school with a 3.00 cumulative or in-major GPA
  • STEM-related undergraduate degree with a 2.80 cumulative or in-major GPA
  • Undergraduate degree with 3.40 cumulative or in-major GPA
  • Graduate degree

Automatic admission is also granted for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • 600 on the GMAT (or equivalent score on the GRE)
  • 500 GMAT (or equivalent score on the GRE) with a 3.00 cumulative or in-major GPA

The Bloch School’s GMAT code is F77-XF-18.

Economically disadvantaged students may apply for a very limited number of GMAT fee waivers. The fee waiver information form is needed at the time the exam appointment is scheduled. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Receipt of a GMAT fee waiver is not a guarantee of admission.

* Test scores must be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission

If the candidate does not meet any of the above criteria, the application is reviewed by the Director of Graduate Programs and/or related Admissions Committee for admission into the program.

A current resume. The resume can be uploaded to your application at the time of submission.

If the candidate does not meet any of the above criteria, the application is reviewed by the Director of Graduate Programs and/or related Admissions Committee for admission into the program.

International students will submit application materials to UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office.

Application file components include:

Application for admission and application fee.

Academic credentials (transcripts, marks sheets, score cards, degree certificates).

The GMAT is not required for working professionals in a related field or applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited school with a 3.00 cumulative or in-major GPA
  • STEM-related undergraduate degree with a 2.80 cumulative or in-major GPA
  • Undergraduate degree with 3.40 cumulative or in-major GPA
  • Graduate degree

Automatic admission is also granted for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • 600 on the GMAT (or equivalent score on the GRE)
  • 500 GMAT (or equivalent score on the GRE) with a 3.00 cumulative or in-major GPA

The Bloch School’s GMAT code is F77-XF-18.

Economically disadvantaged students may apply for a very limited number of GMAT fee waivers. The fee waiver information form is needed at the time the exam appointment is scheduled. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Receipt of a GMAT fee waiver is not a guarantee of admission.

* Test scores must be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission

If the candidate does not meet any of the above criteria, the application is reviewed by the Director of Graduate Programs and/or related Admissions Committee for admission into the program.

M.S.A., M.S.F. and M.S.E.R.E. students are waived out of Level V English classes

A personal statement and resume. These can be uploaded to your application at the time of submission.

Passport (utilized by ISAO only)

Statement of Finances (utilized by ISAO only)

Affidavit of Support (utilized by ISAO only)

Transfer-In Form and Immigration Documents (utilized by ISAO only)

Minimum Requirements for Proof of English Proficiency

Undergraduate Graduate
TOEFL iBT
Reporting Code: 6872
61 79
IELTS 5.5
5.5 minimum in all bands
6.0
5.5 minimum in all bands
Pearson Test of English (PTE) 44 53
Duolingo English Test (DET) 90 105
GTEC
GTEC CBT
1075
1050
1205
1200

Letters of recommendation: None are required as part of the application process.

Transfer credit: Students can petition for consideration to have up to six (6) credit hours of transfer work applied to the M.S.A. degree. The courses must be applicable to your program and completed with distinction at an accredited institution. An official transcript must be supplied. Students should be prepared to provide a course syllabus and other course information. Transfer credit cannot be applied to the program if it will be more than seven years old at the time of graduation. The transfer of credit must be approved M.S.A. faculty and should be discussed with your advisor during your first semester.

Tuition: The UMKC Metro Rate (in-state tuition) is available to graduate students who are residents of the following Kansas counties: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Wyandotte. Part-time domestic students in the M.S.A. program (which means one class (three credit hours) to two classes (six credit hours) in fall and spring semesters, and one class in summer semester), you will pay in-state tuition regardless of your residency*. View the UMKC tuition and fee schedule.
*International students should consult UMKC’s International Student Affairs Officeregarding tuition and fees.

Financial aid/scholarships: In order to be given financial aid/scholarships, you must be admitted to UMKC as a degree-seeking student. The priority deadline for financial aid is February 1, which means you should apply early in order to be considered for the best possible aid package. The Bloch School holds one scholarship competition annually with a March 1 application deadline. More information can be found here.

Applicants with non-accounting academic backgrounds will apply to the Master of Science in Accounting Program and be required to complete the following pre-requisite courses:

ACCTNG 5517: Survey of Accounting
ACCTNG 5556: Cost Management
ACCTNG 5558: Financial Accounting Theory
ACCTNG 5550: Accounting Systems and Controls

Graduate students in the Accounting Program may be required to complete additional business coursework to gain eligibility to sit for the Missouri CPA Exam. Bloch Graduate Admissions and Advising Staff will work with students to assess their individual needs.

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