Master of Science in Accounting

This program prepares individuals for careers as professional accountants and consultants in public accounting industry, financial institutions, government, and nonprofit organizations.The MSA degree, along with the appropriate prerequisite work from an undergraduate degree in accounting, satisfies the education requirements to become a licensed CPA in the state of Florida

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. You are welcome to contact the Accounting Department with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.


Current Curriculum


Foundation Core

Faculty members in the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting emphasize independent learning via cases and research projects that involve independent and team work outside the classroom. The results are presented in either a written report or case analysis or oral presentation. Students work to develop and enhance skills and competencies that will support them professionally throughout their careers. The approaches used in our courses encourage students toward life-long learning.

A recent accounting undergraduate degree or other business administration courses may partially or fully
satisfy this requirement. Before taking any foundation courses, please have your undergraduate transcripts reviewed by the MSA Program Advisor. Accounting and Business Foundation courses are prerequisites to the MSA program.



ACG 2021 Principles of Financial Accounting
ACG 2071 Principles of Managerial Accounting
ECO 2013 Macroeconomics
ECO 2023 Microeconomics
FIN 3403 Business Finance
QMB 3003 Quantitative Tools I
QMB 3200 Quantitative Tools II

ACG 6636 Advanced Auditing
ACG 6415 Advanced Accounting Information Systems
ACG 6305 Advanced Managerial Accounting
TAX 5015 Advanced Tax Topics



ACG 6185 Financial Statement Analysis
ACG 6255 International and Multinational Accounting
ACG 6519 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
ACG 6675 Operational Auditing
ACG 6685 Fraud Accounting
ACG 6835 Ethics & Professionalism in Accounting & Auditing
ACG 6946 Graduate Accounting Internship


*or any graduate-level ACG or TAX course (except ACG 6425) with approval of the program director.


ACG 3131 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
ACG 3361 Cost Accounting I
ACG 3141 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
ACG 4401 Accounting Information Systems
ACG 4651 Auditing
ACG 4803 Advanced Issues in Financial Accounting
BUL 3130 Legal & Ethical Environment of Business
TAX 4001 Legal & Ethical Environment of Business



MSA students can take additional ACG courses or TAX courses (TAX 6065, TAX 6317, TAX 6527 and TAX 6845) as restricted electives. MBA elective options may be taken as restricted electives except BUL 6444. BUL 5332 is recommended for UCF students with anundergraduate degree in accounting who plan to take the CPA exam. Up to six hours of courses may be selected from outside of the College of Business with approval of the program advisor.



Satisfactory completion of an end-of-program comprehensive written examination is required. The MSA program does not require a thesis.


Application Process



Application, application fee and all supporting documents, including official transcripts, GMAT scores and resume (international transcripts evaluation, TOEFL scores), must be submitted by the established application deadline.

This form must be completed online at Your application will not be processed until the fee is submitted, so please be sure to pay your application fee. This fee is required of all applicants, for each application submitted.



If you are not a UCF graduate, OFFICIAL transcripts from EACH college or university attended must be sent directly to the UCF College of Graduate Studies. The minimum requirement for acceptance is a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate course work. If your degree was not received in the U.S., you must also send one copy of each transcript to an accredited evaluation service for a courseby- course evaluation showing the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree and a GPA calculation. We require either World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny



Upload your current resume to your application after submitting your application. Official, competitive GMAT score taken within the last five years must be submitted to UCF Institution Code RZT-HT-58.



The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English and who do not have a degree from a U.S. institution or English instruction institution. A minimum score of 577 paper-based; 233 computer-based; or 90-91 Internet-based. The IELTS may also be used with a minimum score of 7.0. required. UCF Institution Code 5233



Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul. 1 Dec. 1 Apr. 1
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan. 1 Jul. 1 Nov. 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full-time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowship or assistanships should apply by the fall priority application deadline.




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