Apr 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Accountancy and Analytics, M.S.A.A.


Muma College of Business  
Department: Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy 

Specializations:

  • Assurance
  • Corporate
  • Tax

Also offered as:

 

The objective of the Master of Science in Accountancy and Analytics (M.S.A.A.) program is to provide candidates with greater breadth and depth of knowledge in accountancy than is possible in the baccalaureate program. The major is designed to meet the increasing needs of business, government, and public accounting, particularly regarding data analytics. Students entering the Accountancy major must already have the equivalent of an undergraduate degree in accounting from an accredited school. The major may also be structured to satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA Examination in Florida.

Accreditation:

Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Major Research Areas: Visit the Faculty Research page under Faculty in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy website.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

 

  • Completion of the following “foundation” courses from an AACSB or ACBSP accredited institution generally within the last 5 years with a 3.00 GPA or above: 
    1. Intermediate Financial Accounting I (ACG 3103),
    2. Intermediate Financial Accounting II (ACG 3113),
    3. Cost Accounting and Control I (ACG 3341),
    4. Accounting Information Systems (ACG 3401),
    5. Auditing I (ACG 4632), and
    6. Concepts of Federal Income Taxation (TAX 4001).

OR

Completion of courses equivalent to the “foundation” courses listed above at an international institution within the past 5 years with the equivalent of a 3.00 GPA or above as attested to by NASBA International Evaluation Services (NIES).

OR

Evidence of proficiency in accounting as demonstrated by passing all or part of one of the following professional certification examinations: US CPA, CMA, CA (Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, India, Hong Kong, and Singapore), AND a minimum of two years of relevant experience in the field of accounting, auditing, or taxation.  Eligibility for admission based on proficiency in accounting through passing certification examinations and having relevant experience is subject to approval of the master’s program committee.

  • A minimum GMAT score of 500 or equivalent GRE score of 305 is required for admission into the program. Students may apply for a GMAT waiver if the following conditions have been met:
    • The student has obtained an undergraduate degree from an AACSB accredited institution that also has separate accounting AACSB accreditation and earned a GPA of at least 3.00 in the 6 core Accounting major courses; or
    • The student earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting within the last five years and has passed all four sections of the CPA test; or
    • The student previously earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Students with undergraduate degrees with majors other than accounting are encouraged to contact Undergraduate advising at the Muma College of Business.
  • Admission to the Master of Science in Accountancy and Analytics degree program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Curriculum Requirements


For the student who has the equivalent of an undergraduate major in accounting at USF (including 21-24 hours of upper-level accounting coursework taken within the last 5 years), the program consists of 30 hours. Most (24 hours) of the program is devoted to the study of accounting with the remaining six (6) graduate level hours in management. At least 70% of the coursework must be at the 6000 level, with 100% being graduate level.

The M.S.A.A. curriculum has a set of five required common core accounting courses. Students may elect a specialization (9 hours) in Assurance, Corporate, or Tax. Students need not choose a specialization. The sequencing of courses will be determined in consultation with the M.S.A.A. Advisor.

Total Minimum hours - 30 hours
At least 21 hours must be in 6000-level courses.

  • Core – 15 hours
  • Specialization – 9 hours
  • Electives – 6 hours

Specializations (9 Credit Hours Minimum)


Students can select from the following specializations:

Accounting Electives (6 Credit Hours)


Students select a minimum of six (6) credit hours of electives in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

Comprehensive Exam


Students will prepare an oral presentation on a case that integrates program concepts in their last semester. The presentation will be graded by the Graduate Committee of the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy. Students must earn a passing grade to graduate.

Other Requirements


•    This program does not offer a thesis or non-thesis option.
•    Any graduate-level ACG or TAX courses not used to fulfill the concentration requirement may be used to fulfill the elective requirements
•    A maximum of three 5000-level courses may be used in the M.S.A.A. program.