Catalogue 2012 - 2013

Five-year Bachelor/MSA Program

This program allows undergraduate accounting majors in the College of Business to accelerate the completion of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. Students will earn both their BSBA and MSA degrees within five years of entry as an undergraduate. With this option students can complete the MSA with just seven months of additional study. Undergraduate study for accounting majors will satisfy all prerequisite coursework requirements for the MSA program. Students will maintain the same academic advisor throughout their degree programs.

Program Prerequisites:

Satisfied after completing the undergraduate business: AC 201, AC 202, AC 305, AC 306, AC 309, AC 330, AC 413, AC 419, and FIN 214, with a “B” average or better and no grade below a “C”.

Program Application and Admission Requirements:

This program seeks students who have excelled in their undergraduate studies. Applicants must:

  1. Earn an overall GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete the College of Business Graduate Studies application and essays, for the MSA program. All application materials should be submitted to the Admissions Office.
  3. Forward scores for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to the Admissions Office. Students should seek to score 500 or higher on the GMAT.

Applicants may take up to two graduate courses in their senior year. A third graduate course may be taken during the senior year after a student has been admitted.

Senior Year - Undergraduate program:

Fall semester

  • Up to 12 credits of undergraduate coursework*,
  • Three credits of graduate coursework: FIN 630, AC 610, or FIN 612 (Fall graduate term)

Spring Semester:

  • Up to 12 credits of undergraduate coursework*
  • Six credits of graduate coursework: FIN 630 or an elective (Winter graduate term), or AC 614, FIN 630, or an elective (Spring graduate term)

*Students must complete all requirements for the BSBA degree independent of the graduate coursework completed during their senior year. This means that additional credits beyond a normal load must be earned prior to the beginning of the senior year. Students may be enrolled in a maximum of 17 credits at any point in time.

Fifth Year - Master’s Program:

Students who wish to complete the program on an accelerated basis will take remaining required courses and elective courses over the summer and fall graduate terms.