Degree Requirements

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 4 areas:

  • Advisory and Consulting Services (ACS)
  • Assurance
  • Corporate
  • Tax

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:

Tracks

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

ACCT 895 Business Writing is required for all tracks.

Advisory and Consulting Services (ACS)

    Required:

  • ACCT 743 Assessing Inherent and Control Risks
  • IST 730 Project Management
  • MGMT 785 Business Consulting or MGMT 831 Consulting Practicum
  • At least 3 of the following:

  • ACCT 741 Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 895 International Financial Reporting Standards I
  • ACCT 895 Accounting Professional Ethics
  • ACCT 895 Internal Audit
  • IST 704 Database Management
  • IST 706 Systems Analysis and Design
  • IST 708 Strategic Information Systems Planning
  • IST 709 Business Computer Networking
  • IST 712 Information Security
  • IST 725 Contemporary Information Technology Topics
  • IST 895 ERP Systems
  • FIN 785 Corporate Finance/Valuation

Assurance

    Required:

  • ACCT 743 Assessing Inherent and Control Risks
  • ACCT 742 Advanced Auditing
  • ACCT 743 Assessing Inherent and Control Risks
  • At least 3 of the following:

  • ACCT 545 Advanced Tax
  • ACCT 721 Advanced Accounting Problems
  • ACCT 722 Current Issues in Financial Reporting
  • ACCT 724 Accounting Theory
  • ACCT 726 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 741 Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 745 Specialized Accounting Practices
  • ACCT 895 International Financial Reporting Standards I
  • ACCT 895 Accounting Professional Ethics
  • ACCT 895 Internal Audit
  • FIN 785 Corporate Finance/Valuation
  • At least 1 of the following:

  • IST 706 Systems Analysis and Design
  • IST 712 Information Security
  • IST 725 Contemporary Information Technology Topics
  • IST 730 Project Management
  • IST 895 ERP Systems

Corporate

    Required:

  • ACCT 721 Advanced Accounting Problems
  • ACCT 743 Assessing Inherent and Control Risks
  • FIN 785 Corporate Finance/Valuation
  • At least 2 of the following:

  • ACCT 722 Current Issues in Financial Reporting
  • ACCT 724 Accounting Theory
  • ACCT 726 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 741 Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 745 Specialized Accounting Practices
  • ACCT 895 International Financial Reporting Standards I
  • ACCT 895 Accounting Professional Ethics
  • ACCT 895 Internal Audit
  • At least 1 of the following:

  • IST 706 Systems Analysis and Design
  • IST 895 ERP Systems

Tax

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

Contact Info

School of Business

Summerfield Hall
1300 Sunnyside Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-7543
bschoolgrad@ku.edu
Lisa Ottinger, Director, M.Acc. Program
785-864-7543
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