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Adrian College Accountancy



Students who have earned the Adrian College Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting degree (including Advanced Accounting and Accounting Information Systems courses) or successfully completed an equivalent undergraduate program, with a minimum 3.0 average GPA in all accounting courses and 3.0 overall average in all their coursework, are eligible for admission to the graduate program.

Application Process and Deadline

We recommend that students apply in the first semester of their senior year by submitting the following documents to the Office of Admissions:

  • Completed application
  • Copy of official transcript (waived for Adrian College applicants)
  • Two-page letter describing your current program and future career plans (waived for Adrian College applicants)
  • Two letters of recommendation (waived for Adrian College applicants)


The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed for students who have developed a solid knowledge of accounting theory and application in their undergraduate accounting degree program. The 30-hour graduate program is designed to be completed in two semesters over nine months, beginning the fall semester. Students are expected to enroll in 15 credit hours each semester.

Upon completion of the program, students are strongly encouraged to participate in a CPA/CMA examination review course before sitting for their professional examinations.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Licensing

College graduates in Michigan are currently allowed to sit for the CPA examination with any baccalaureate degree that includes at least 24 hours of accounting credits. However, Michigan and many other states require 150 hours of college/university credit hours, including 30 hours of accounting credits, to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant after passing the CPA examination.

By enrolling in the Master of Science in Accounting program, students that desire to enter the CPA profession will expand on their practical knowledge, be fully prepared for the CPA examination, and increase their marketability to potential employers.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Licensing

Although the program is designed primarily for the public accounting career path, the Master of Science in Accounting will also benefit students who wish to enter the private accounting sector and obtain the designation of Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Science in Accounting is awarded to students who have completed the 30 required credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and no course grade less than 2.0. Any course grade less than 2.0 must be retaken and successfully passed (2.0 or better) to complete the degree requirements.

Course Listing

The 30-hour graduate program consists of the following 3-credit courses:

ACCT 510: Corporate Financial Reporting
ACCT 511: Controllership and Internal Accounting
ACCT 513: Advanced Taxation
ACCT 518: Accounting for Non-Profit Entities
ACCT 520: Advanced Business Law
ACCT 512: Advanced Auditing and Ethics
ACCT 514: Advanced Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 515: Financial Statement Analysis and Fraud Examination
ACCT 516: Advanced Accounting Theory
ACCT 521: Leadership and Communication

Resources for Accountancy Graduate Students

Scholarships & Grants

Review the opportunities below or ask your faculty about upcoming award opportunities.

Michigan Accountancy Foundation Fifth/Graduate Year Scholarship

Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Learn More About FASFA


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