May 23, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Accounting [M.S.]


The M.S.A. program provides balanced broad education and in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical concepts of accounting. There are several areas of concentration available, and students have the opportunity to relate accounting topics to other disciplines, as they develop the broad base of knowledge necessary to create, use and audit accounting information systems. The M.S.A. program meets the American Institute of CPAs’ recommendations and Michigan State Board of Accountancy requirements if appropriate electives are chosen.

Upon admission to the M.S.A. program, each student must prepare a program of study. The program is reviewed with the student by the M.S.A. advisor to ascertain that it is appropriate given the student’s background and career goals. The program of study becomes the student’s degree requirement when signed by the student and the M.S.A. advisor. An M.S.A. faculty advisor must approve subsequent changes in course work.

Program Admission


Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. Please keep in mind that some programs require applicants to submit all application materials by a posted deadline and/or admit students one time each year.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements: A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

Previous academic performance, written statement of personal goals, and GMAT score are significant factors considered by the M.S.A. director in the admission process. Generally, as a minimum, the applicant must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a GMAT score of 500 or above or a GRE score of 306 or higher.

The GRE or GMAT requirement may be waived under the following conditions:

  • For applicants who earned, or plan to earn, an undergraduate accounting degree from Eastern Michigan University, the GMAT (or GRE) is waived if the student achieved an aggregate GPA of 3.2 or above (combined) in four EMU ACC courses (other than ACC 240  and ACC 241 ). ACC 340  must be one of the courses used in the calculation.
  • For applicants who earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from another AACSB institution, the GMAT (or GRE) is waived if they achieved an aggregate overall accounting GPA of 3.2 (in all undergraduate accounting courses taken).
  • For applicants who earned an undergraduate degree in business (other than accounting) from an AACSB institution or in a technical, quantitative but non-business area from a reputable institution, as determined by the accounting curriculum committee, the GMAT (or GRE) is waived if they achieved an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5. Alternatively, the applicant can receive conditional admission into the MSA or MST by attaining a 3.2 ACC GPA in the EMU ACC foundation courses (i.e., ACC 501 , ACC 296 , ACC 340 , ACC 342 , and ACC 356 ).
  • For applicants not in the above categories, the GMAT (or GRE) is waived if they achieved a 3.5 overall undergraduate GPA and achieved a 3.2 ACC GPA in the EMU ACC foundation courses (i.e., ACC 501 , ACC 296 , ACC 340 ACC 342 , and ACC 356 ). The applicant would receive conditional admission based on their performance in those ACC foundation courses.

Requests to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement are sent via email to the Graduate Programs Office (cob_graduate@emich.edu). 

Application deadlines can be found on the Graduate School’s website (emich.edu/graduate/prospective_students/admissions/deadlines).

Department Information


Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems 403 Hill Hall, 734.487.3320

Hung-Lian Tang​, PhD, Department Head

Advisor Information


Graduate Programs Office102 Hill Hall, 734.487.4444

Foundation/Prerequisite Courses: 18 hours


Students must complete course work in each of the following foundation areas unless they have satisfactorily completed the undergraduate equivalent.

Degree Requirements: 30 hours


The M.S.A. program requires the completion of 30 hours of coursework to be distributed among required core courses and restricted elective courses as follows. Students having taken equivalent undergraduate coursework in the areas of accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing, may be required to substitute other courses as determined by the M.S.A. director/advisor.

Restricted Electives (tracks): 12 hours


Students do not have to choose a track; recommended tracks are as follows. An advisor must approve selected courses.

College of Business Electives (Non-ACC): 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, with advisor approval.

Critical Graduation Information


Each graduate student is responsible for fulfilling the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration or a subsequent catalog, including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

Master’s degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of first enrollment in the master’s degree program.

In the event a student does not complete the master’s degree requirements within six years of the date of their original registration, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their degree in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all master’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some programs require more than the minimum in one or more areas below.

  • A master’s degree must require a minimum of 30 credit hours.
  • No more than six credits of independent study courses, and no more than 12 credit hours of special topics and independent study courses combined, may be applied to a graduate degree.  
  • Residency Requirement:
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 36 or fewer required hours, at least 24 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere). 
    • For students admitted to master’s degree programs of 37 or more required hours, at least 30 new graduate hours beginning the semester of acceptance and enrollment into the degree program must be earned at EMU. Minimum degree hours must still be met for graduation. The remaining program requirement hours may be met through transfer or prior degree credit (EMU or elsewhere).
    • Residency and enrollment in multiple programs: Students enrolled in multiple master’s/specialist degree programs must have 24 unique credit hours in each degree program.
  • Only credits from one completed graduate certificate may be applied to a master’s or specialist degree in a relevant field of study, as determined by the Graduate School and with the approval of the degree-granting academic department, and be included in the residency hours above.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate-level courses taken at EMU and in their program of study to remain in good academic standing and be eligible for graduation. Students do not need to be registered for classes during the semester of graduation.
  • The Graduate School does not permit the use of undergraduate courses (499 and below) to meet degree requirements on graduate programs of study.
  • Some master’s programs require a thesis; others require a special project or internship; others require students to pass a final exam. See the Graduate School website for Thesis and Dissertation Manuals, all forms, and information about research and human subject approval. Every completed thesis or dissertation must be submitted to Digital Commons. Any form of graduate student work submitted to Digital Commons must first be approved by a faculty advisor and the Graduate School.