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Master of Accountancy Program Overview

Overview

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The Master of Accountancy Program in the Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University is fully accredited by AACSB, the international accrediting body for business and accounting programs. The Master of Accountancy Degree satisfies the education requirement for taking the Uniform CPA Examination. Required classes are offered in the evening to accommodate both full and part-time students. Graduate assistantships and graduate tuition scholarships are available to full-time students on a competitive basis. Departmental scholarships are available to both full and part-time students based on academic record and financial need.

Benefits

The M.Acc. degree satisfies not only the Ohio law, but also the requirements of membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The M.Acc. Curriculum includes 25 required credit hours in advanced accounting topics and 20 credit hours in electives. Students can tailor the electives to suit their needs, interests, and career goals. Wright State's M.Acc. program also offers the following benefits:

  • Program accredited by the AACSB -- International Association for Management Education
  • Can be completed in one year (four quarters) by full-time students who possess an undergraduate degree in accounting from a AACSB-accredited program
  • Required classes offered in evening
  • Opportunity to take part in real-world accounting projects
  • Excellent internship opportunities
  • Development of critical thinking skills
  • Individualized attention from faculty
  • Emphasis on professional development skills
  • Meets education requirements for CPA exam eligibility
  • Preparation for specific aspects of the CPA exam
  • Completion of program for full-time students in 12 months or less
  • Outstanding job placement opportunities

Top Employers

Top employers that have hired our students:

  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Battelle & Battelle
  • Brady, Ware & Schoenfeld
  • Clark, Schaefer, Hackett
  • Flagel, Huber, Flagel
  • Kentner Sellers
  • MeadWestvaco
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base
  • Thorn, Lewis, Duncan

Admission

photo of accounting studentsAdmission Criteria

Applicants to the Master of Accountancy Program are admitted based on the following criteria:

  • Ethical character and personal integrity consistent with the standards of the accounting profession
  • Intellectual capability to perform complex problem analysis
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in the English language
  • Mastery of basic accounting technical skills

Application Process

  • Apply online to the Graduate School
  • Pay the appropriate degree status application fee
  • Submit official graduate and undergraduate transcripts from all college/universities attended (other than Wright State University) showing a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Take the GMAT and notify Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official score to Wright State. A student currently enrolled as an undergraduate must take the GMAT one semester prior to graduation in order to be considered for admission to the M.Acc. Program immediately after completing an undergraduate degree
  • Submit a letter of recommendation attesting to the applicant's ethical character and personal integrity.

In addition to the above documents, international applicants must also submit:

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report sent directly from ETS;
  • Financial Statement Information form sent to:

    University Center for International Education
    190E Student Union Wright State University
    3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
    Dayton, OH 45435-0001, USA

Curriculum

Wright State University's M.Acc. degree consists of a minimum of 30 semester hours. The M.Acc. program requires that applicants already possess a four-year undergraduate degree. M.Acc. students are expected to have completed, at either the undergraduate or graduate level, courses in accounting and other business disciplines.

Prerequisites

Business Prerequisites:

(waived for students with undergraduate degrees in business or a master’s in business administration from AACSB-accredited schools)

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management Science
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Business Writing

Accounting Prerequisites:

(waived for students with undergraduate degrees in accounting from AACSB-accredited schools.)

  • Accounting Principles
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Taxation
  • Accounting Systems
  • Auditing and Assurance

Required Courses

15 hours (3 credit hours each)

  • ACC 7410  Financial Accounting Topics & Research
  • ACC 7440  Attestation: Advanced Topics & Research
  • ACC 7480  Ethics & Corporate Governance
  • LAW 7350  Law for Accountants
  • ACC 7500  Capstone Project

Electives

Accounting Electives

9 hours (Select any three, 3 credit hours each)

  • ACC 7430  Taxation: Advanced Topics & Research
  • ACC 7800  Special Topics in Accounting
  • ACC 7390  Advanced Accounting
  • ACC 7460  Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACC 7470  Current Topics in Accounting & Business
  • ACC 7160  CPA Exam Concepts

Other Elective Courses

6 hours

  • May include 3 credit hours of internship
  • May include accounting elective in excess of 9 hours
  • May include graduate business coursework (6000 level or higher)

Quarters

Required Courses: 

21 hours ( 4 credit hours each, except ACC 747)

  • ACC 741  Financial Accounting Topics and Research
  • ACC 744  Attestation: Advanced Topics and Research
  • ACC 747  Professional Issues Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • LAW 735  Law for Accountants
  • ACC 748  Ethics and Corporate Governance for Professional Accountants
  • ACC 750  Capstone Project

Accounting Electives

8 hours (Select any two 4 credit hours each)

  • ACC 642  Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • ACC 743  Taxation: Advanced Topics & Research
  • ACC 745  Accounting and Information Technology
  • ACC 757  International Accounting
  • ACC 780  Special Topics in Accounting

Other Elective Courses: 16 hrs.

  • May include 4 credit hours of internship
  • May include accounting elective in excess of 8 hours
  • May include graduate business coursework (600 level or 700 level)

Contact

photo of Kevin BrownFor more information, contact: 

Kevin Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Accountancy
Director, Masters of Accountancy
(937) 775-3138
kevin.brown@wright.edu