Oct 14, 2019  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree in Accounting (B.B.A. -M.S.A.)

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This combined degree program prepares students for careers in public accounting, industry and governmental and nonprofit entities. CPA candidates must have completed 150 hours of education before being admitted as members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and to be licensed in most states.

Admission Requirements

Following are the minimal standards for admission to the combined B.B.A and M.S.A. degree program in accounting. Generally, each item should be satisfied, though the candidate’s overall record is considered. Transfer credits and grades will be evaluated in terms of Eastern Michigan University equivalency.

Initial admission is dependent on:

  1. completion of 90 hours of undergraduate course work including College of Business requirements, General Education requirements and ACC340 Intermediate Accounting;

  2. a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

  3. the candidate’s written statement of personal goals; and

  4. an interview with the program adviser.

Admission to the graduate level requires:

  1. completion of 120 hours of undergraduate course work including course content noted under initial admission above and the undergraduate components (i.e., required and restricted electives);

  2. a GMAT score of 500 (must be taken during the fourth year, so that the candidate’s score is received before admission to the fifth year);

  3. a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 and a 4.0 scale; and

  4. completed application and payment of fee to the Graduate School. 

Candidates should apply to the graduate program at the beginning of their senior year and take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) during that same year.

To inquire about the specific requirements and to develop the program of study, contact:

Director of Graduate Business Programs
404 Gary M. Owen Building
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Accounting and Finance Department Information:

Department Head: Jens Stephan
Department Contact: jens.stephan@emich.edu
Web site: www.accfin.emich.edu

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

Advisor Information:

Program Advisor: Deedra Springgay
Email: dspringga@emich.edu

Program Advisor: David Hardcastle
Email: dhardcas@emich.edu

Phone Number for Advisors: 487-2344

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .  Download the Gen Ed Checklist  here.

Undergraduate Requirements: 60 hours

Graduate Program Requirements: 24 hours

Restricted Accounting Courses: 12 hours

Twelve credit hours from the following: Note: If you wish to graduate with one of 4 MSA Tracks (Accounting Information Systems, Internal Auditing, Tax & Financial Planning, and Financial Services) please see The COB Graduate Programs Office when making course selections.

Restricted Electives: 6 hours

Select six credit hours from any combination of 500- to 600- level ACC, COB, DS, FIN, IB, IS, OM, MGMT, MKTG, LAW or SCM courses

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Each student must complete a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your adviser for course options.

All 200-level core courses listed above must be completed prior to admission to the College of Business.

Students must have a 3.0 GPA and a 500 GMAT to be admitted to the graduate portion of the program.

*Students must be admitted to the graduate portion of the program before registering for courses in the graduate section of this program of study. For ACC 540 , an exception requiring department approval may be requested.

**Students planning on taking the CPA exam in Michigan must take ACC 546 .

Critical Graduation Information:

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Not more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix) may be applied towards the minimum of 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is coordinated by the Office of Admissions, and additional documentation may be required.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education  

  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU in Fall 2007 or later or who have elected to follow the current (“new”) General Education Program, follow the “For Students” link under the Current Program heading.
  • For Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before Fall 2007 and who have elected to follow the Pre-2007 General Education Requirements, follow the “General Education Program Prior to Fall 2007 (pdf file)” link under the Program Prior to Fall 2007 heading. Please note that students who wish to graduate under pre-2007 General Education requirements must graduate by August 2014; those who have not completed all degree requirements by that time will need to satisfy the current (Fall 2007) General Education requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.

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