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

Paying for Your Masters

Graduate business school is an investment in your career and your future, and you want to know that your investment is a solid one. Michigan Tech was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as a university that “packs an ROI punch.” Quite simply, our graduates get jobs, advance their careers, and find success. Learn more about the cost to attend Michigan Tech.

If you need assistance in financing your degree, there are a variety of aid opportunities that you can explore.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs) are awarded competitively through the School of Business and Economics.
  • You may be eligible for a new set of federal loans, up to $20,500 per academic year, as an independent student. For more information, contact the Financial Aid office at or call 906-487-2622.
  • National Service Graduate Fellowships (equal to approximately one-third of graduate tuition) are available to students who have provided service to the US through the military, AmeriCorps, or the Peace Corps.
  • You may qualify for a tax credit and/or business deduction for work-related education. We recommend that you seek advice from a tax professional or see IRS Publication 970 (if you are currently working, see pages 77-84—Business Deduction for Work Related Education, "maintain or improve job skills").
  • Consider contributing to a 529 college savings plan. In Michigan’s College Savings Plan, contributions are tax deductible up to specified limits. Withdrawals are federal and state income-tax-free when used for qualified expenses. If you are currently employed, your company may consider contributing to the 529 on your behalf.
  • Explore additional Graduate School financial aid options, including veteran's benefits and alternative loans.

International Students

Non-resident tuition for graduate students is the same as resident tuition—a considerable savings compared to other universities. See our Graduate School resources and admissions details.

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.