Accelerated Accounting (MS)
Earn a BS and an MS in Five Years
Accelerate your education and get on the fast track to advanced studies in accounting. The Accelerated Master’s Program in Accounting will allow you to count up to 6 credits toward both a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance, or Management Information Systems and a Master of Science in Accounting. This will allow you to earn both degrees in about ten semesters, or five years, with only 24 credit hours of study beyond the bachelor’s degree required for the MS in Accounting.
The Accounting Accelerated Master’s Program is designed for highly motivated students who wish to gain a competitive edge in industry with an advanced degree. There is a growing demand for accountants, and the starting salaries for graduates with master’s degrees are 10–20 percent higher than those with only undergraduate degrees, according to the American Institute of CPAs.
The accelerated master’s program can be completed in less than one year of study beyond your bachelor’s degree. Students accepted into the program begin graduate course work in the fourth year of undergraduate study.
Accelerated MS in Accounting Requirements
- Students may apply for admission to the Accounting Accelerated Master’s Program any time after junior-level class standing is attained and before a bachelor’s degree is awarded.
- Students must apply for admission to the accelerated program though the standard Graduate School application process. Applications will be reviewed by the Master’s in Accounting Program Committee according to the normal procedure.
- Only students who intend to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at Michigan Tech are eligible to enroll in the accelerated program. The bachelor’s degree must be in accounting, finance, or management information systems.
- Each prospective student’s preliminary plan for the accelerated master’s program must be approved by the Master’s in Accounting Program Committee prior to acceptance into the graduate program; therefore, the student is required to meet with the accounting graduate program director/advisor at the time of application to develop a plan for completion of the degree and to designate courses taken while an undergraduate student that will be applied toward the master’s degree requirements.
- Upon acceptance into the program, each student will have an academic advisor who is a member of the accounting faculty. The advisor’s primary responsibility is to supervise the student’s academic and professional growth, as well as to work with the student to develop an academic plan for enrolling in the appropriate courses for the student and program. Students in the program will be required to attend an advising meeting each semester to review the plan for completion and make adjustments as necessary.
- The maximum time to degree for the Accounting Accelerated Master’s Program is five years from the time the student is accepted into the program.
Students must earn 30 credit hours for the Master of Science in Accounting. However, up to 6 credit hours at the 4000 level or higher that are earned during undergraduate study and approved by the Master of Science in Accounting Program Committee may be applied toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Prior to completion of the master's degree, students must indicated on their master's degree schedule which undergraduate-level courses, along with the corresponding number of credits (a maximum of 6) should be applied to both their bachelor's and master's degrees. In all instances, a minimum of 18 credit hours must be earned at the 5000 level or higher.
To enter the Accounting Accelerated Master’s Program, a student must
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in ACC 2000, ACC 2100, ACC 3000, and ACC 3100;
- have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time the bachelor’s degree is awarded; and
- otherwise be in good academic standing, as defined by the Graduate School.
If any of these requirements are not met, a student may pursue the MSA degree via the normal pathway, which does not allow up to 6 undergraduate credits to be double counted.
Students must remain in good academic standing, as defined by the Graduate School, to remain enrolled in and successfully complete the Accounting Accelerated Master’s Program.
Note: This is not an official list of degree requirements. Adjustments may be required due to curriculum changes.
- A student enrolled in the accelerated program will be considered an undergraduate student until the bachelor’s degree has been awarded.
- Once the bachelor’s degree is awarded, the student is considered a graduate student and will be expected to adhere to all Michigan Tech Graduate School policies and procedures.