Master's in Accountancy


Match your determination with our internationally recognized Master of Science in Accountancy program and watch your future potential grow. During your time at Western, you'll fine-tune your technical expertise, communication skills and understanding of the important roles accountants play. With faculty guiding you through advanced courses in accounting, going the extra mile with your education has never been so rewarding.

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  • 100% of M.S.A. graduates are working or continuing their education quickly after earning their degree

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  • 100% of M.S.A. graduates felt their education and experiences as a student at WMU prepared them for their profession

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  • 100% of M.S.A. graduates working full time are satisfied with their job

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Is a master’s in accounting right for me?

If you’re ready to open the doors to even more accounting positions and career advancement opportunities than you can imagine, then a master’s in accountancy is perfect for you. And when you earn it at Western, you get the right training and support to work for a wide range of organizations in the public accounting, industry and government.

With a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work required to complete your degree, our program meets the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant's (AICPA) educational requirements. The AICPA requires new members to have earned 150 hours of college credit to obtain a CPA license.

  • Passing all four sections of the CPA exam before graduating with my Master of Science in Accountancy allowed me to jump-start my career in accounting! Having passed the CPA exam while enrolled in the M.S.A. program also presented several additional opportunities upon graduation.

    Alexis Hess, B.B.A.’21, M.S.A.’22

How can I fund my M.S. in accountancy degree?

How can I fund my M.S. in accountancy degree?

We strive to make earning your master’s in accountancy comfortably affordable. At Western, you can fund your graduate degree through federal aid, loans, scholarships, grants, research assistantships and more.

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What have other accountancy students achieved?

Fast track your higher learning with an accelerated degree

Fast track your higher learning with an accelerated degree

Work smarter and save time in an accelerated master’s program. Once you’ve earned an undergraduate degree in accountancy, you can complete the M.S.A. program in as few as three semesters if you enroll in a full load of courses each semester.

What are the requirements for graduate admissions to the accountancy program?

Our online graduate application system allows all students (domestic, international and readmission) to submit required information into one system. 

If you want to apply to the Master of Science in Accountancy program, you must have earned:

  • A total score of at least 1,100, which is the sum of the GMAT score and 200 times the GPA for the last 60 hours in an accredited undergraduate degree program.
  • A minimum GMAT score of 480. (Note: Recent scores of the GRE are acceptable. Equivalent GRE test scores can be used to meet minimum GMAT-score requirements and can be used in formula calculations for admission purposes. See for information on conversion of a GRE score to a predicted GMAT score.)
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 for the last 60 hours in an accredited undergraduate degree program.

Note: A WMU accountancy major with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in the following courses or equivalents is not required to take the GMAT or GRE: ACTY 3100, 3110, 3130, 3140, 3220, 3240, 4160 and two of the electives 4110, 4140, 4220, 4240, 4310 and 4980. 

If you don't meet these requirements, you may be eligible for waivers based on professional or previous academic experience. Contact the chair of the Department of Accountancy to inquire about waivers for the program.


Cari Burke Quote

  • I count myself lucky to be a part of a strong faculty team who brings significant real-world experience to the table and is united in our goal of supporting and developing students on their path to professional success.

    Dr. Cari Burke, assistant professor of accountancy