Accounting (MS)

Become Fluent in the “Language of Business”

Are you a self-motivated individual who possesses business acumen, strong math and analytical skills, and a zest for finance? The combination of these traits and an MS in Accounting from Michigan Tech will allow you to go far in the business world.

Accounting is known as the “language of business”; it is a crucial component for success in all areas of business. Our program will provide you with the accounting and business background to become fluent in this language and will prepare you to step into the business world ready to compete and add value to a company or governmental organization. Our program is a great fit for those wishing to pursue a career in accounting, management, budgeting, taxation, financial reporting, auditing, consulting, or another area of business finance.

Our department maintains a high level of student-to-faculty interaction and provides a stimulating classroom environment. Additionally, our faculty members bring real-world business experience to the classroom.

Program Features

  • The Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • Our program offers a course of study leading to certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
  • Students may pursue a course of study that provides a path to positions of leadership and management.
  • Recent graduates from Michigan Tech’s accounting program have accepted audit and tax specialist positions with Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, and Grant Thornton, as well as corporate accounting positions with Nestle, Caterpillar, and General Motors.
  • Our students receive ample professional networking opportunities with accounting firm partners, corporate executives, distinguished community leaders, faculty, and alumni. Participating organizations include Bemis, Kimberly-Clark, and Pettibone.
  • Our course-work-only program consists of 30 credit hours and can be completed in less than a year.  Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can complete the Master of Science in Accounting with 24 credit hours of study beyond the BS degree through the Accelerated Master’s Program


This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through coursework. Use of limited number research credits in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a coursework degree may be allowed in exceptional cases. Students wishing to apply research credits toward a coursework degree must obtain approval from their advisor and department. The department must then obtain approval from the Graduate School. Approval will only be granted when there is evidence that an appropriate body of work has been completed, sufficient deliverables have been produced, and circumstances beyond the students' control have made it necessary for them to change from a research-based to a coursework-based degree program. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree.

Distribution of coursework credit
 5000–6000 series (minimum) - 18 credits
 3000–4000 level (maximum) - 12 credits

Student Learning Goals

1. Disciplinary Knowledge – students demonstrate a depth of knowledge in accounting, as well as a breadth of knowledge that

  • enables adaptability and flexibility as knowledge grows and changes
  • recognizes linkages/complementary to other areas/disciplines. 

2. Communication – students will be able to communicate technical accounting issues effectively, orally, in writing, and in new media, to a wide variety of audiences.

3. Information Literacy – Students will be able to analyze the need for, strategically access, critically evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically to solve business problems.