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Master of Science in Accounting Admissions

MSA 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 MSA can take you? Learn how to take the next steps to your degree.

The Bloch School reviews completed portfolios in the order received and will inform you of admission committee decisions in writing, mailed to your address. You should allow two-four weeks from when the complete portfolio 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 – July 15th
Spring – December 1
Summer – 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. This can be submitted via email.

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.

MSA, MSF and MSERE students are waived out of Level V English classes

A personal statement. This can be submitted via email.

Resume. This can be submitted via email.

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)

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.

The B.S.A./M.S.A. program (early entry)
UMKC B.B.A. and B.S.A. students with at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA AND within 12 hours of completing their program may be able to take up to six credit hours of M.S.A. coursework during their final undergraduate term. The student must have applied and been admitted to the M.S.A. program for a subsequent term.

Please email Bloch with any questions.

Applicants with non-accounting academic backgrounds should apply as undergraduate students to the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program. To be eligible for admission a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA is required. Applicants entering the BS Accounting program with a prior degree are not obligated to finish the degree in order to transition to the graduate program. Admission at the undergraduate-level allows students to complete key foundational courses at the undergraduate tuition rate.

When starting the final semester of foundational courses, please submit an application for entry to the MS Accounting program as detailed in the “How to Apply” section above. Candidates will be evaluated using the criteria in the “Admission Requirement” box.

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