2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, MSA

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Graduate Program

Clark’s School of Management Master’s in Accounting program readies you for a career in public accounting and financial management. You will be able to develop and analyze accounting information, provide assurances of financial control and accuracy, develop investment and tax strategies, and advise top-level managers as they make important decisions with this STEM-designated program.

Graduate Program Requirements

The MSA program consists of 10-12 units. Students without previous accounting and quantitative coursework are required to take two units of foundations coursework in their first semester. One or both of the foundation courses may be waived based on prior coursework or waiver exams. Students who can waive both foundations requirements can complete the program in 10 units.


Completion of a graduate internship is also required for all full-time students in the program.  However, it may be possible to waive this requirement if students have 3+ years of professional business work experience related to their field of study.  Contact a member of the Stevenish Career Management Center for more information.


Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be in good academic standing in SOM at the end of each semester (a ‘B’ in each of their classes).  The lowest grade a student can get in a course is a ‘C.’


Full-time students typically complete the program in four or fewer semesters. Part-time students typically complete the programs in eight semesters or fewer.


Students can only begin this program at the start of the fall semester.

Foundation Courses

Students may satisfy one or both of the foundation course requirements (ACCT 4101 Foundations of Accounting and STAT 4300 Data Driven Decision Making) through prior undergraduate or graduate coursework or by passing a waiver exam. Waivers and eligibility for waiver exams are only considered and finalized at the time of admission into the program.


• Waiver of the financial accounting requirement is based on successful completion (‘B’ or better within 6 years) of an undergraduate or graduate financial accounting course for credit, or a passing grade on the accounting waiver exam. If not waived, students will take ACCT 4101  Foundations of Financial Accounting to meet the foundation requirement.
• Waiver of the quantitative requirement is based on successful completion (‘B’ or better within 6 years) of an undergraduate or graduate course for credit in statistics, operations management, or economics; or a passing grade on the statistics waiver exam. If not waived, students will take STAT 4300  Data Driven Decision Making to meet the foundation requirement.

Required Courses

Program Faculty

Program Director

Zhihong Wang, Ph.D.

Program Faculty

Christopher Benestad, M.A.

Inshik Seol, Ph.D.

Zhihong Wang, Ph.D.

Da Wu, Ph.D.

Kyunghee Yoon, Ph.D.

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