Mar 04, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, MSAC

The accounting profession includes a variety of career opportunities. Whether you decide to go into public or private accounting, your options are practically unlimited. Choose a career in companies of all sizes, where you can work in numerous areas, including auditing, taxation, financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, financial analysis, and governmental accounting. The Master of Science in Accounting (MSACC) program is a 30-credit hour program that guides students through a modular sequence of courses that coincides with the CPA exam. Candidates who already have an undergraduate accounting degree can complete the program in just 10 months while having the opportunity to study and sit for the CPA exam. Our Bridge Program for non-accounting majors can be completed in as little as 14 months while also allowing candidates the opportunity to study and sit for the CPA exam.  


Admission Requirements  

All majors are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be evaluated for admission based upon their undergraduate and/or accounting coursework grade point averages, essay responses, reference evaluations, and their TOEFL score (if applicable). 

  • Applicants must have earned an A or B letter grade in the following courses or their equivalent. These courses must be based upon U.S. GAAP, US auditing standards, and IRS tax law. 
    • Financial Accounting (ACC 201) 
    • Managerial Accounting (ACC 202) 
    • Intermediate Accounting I (ACC 301) 
    • Intermediate Accounting II (ACC 302) 
    • Accounting Information Systems (ACC 324) 
    • Auditing (ACC 403) 
    • Concepts of Income Taxation (ACC 407) 
  • Undergraduate accounting GPA of 3.2 or greater 
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or greater 

  • Three references from former professors for non-UK students 

  • Essay - In 800 to 900 words, discuss the reasons you wish to pursue a MSACC degree at the University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen School of Accountancy. Please address the following in your essay: 

    • Academic preparation and accomplishments for graduate study 
    • Leadership qualities and motivation 
    • Previous accounting and/or relevant work experience 
    • Expectations for the MSACC program 
    • Your short-term and long-term goals and how a MSACC degree will help   achieve these goals 
    • Any additional information you feel is relevant 
  • International applicants must also submit Official TOEFL score with a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90 or IELTS score of 7, or score at least 30 on the verbal section of the GMAT exam. Waived for students with U.S. degrees. 


Degree Requirements  

The 30 credit MSACC program requires candidates to complete 24 credits of required courses and 6 credits in open electives. The required courses are: 

The two graduate elective courses can be selected from additional graduate level accounting courses or other business related graduate courses at the 500 and 600 level. 


Applicants can learn more about the MSACC program by visiting the following website: 

You can also email questions to the program director at