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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Accountancy, MSAcy

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Th  Master of Science in Accountancy Program (MSACCY) is designed to be flexible and is anticipated to be completed in one year. The curriculum requirements are based on 30 graduate hours including 24 hours of graduate accounting or IT courses. Students can develop a skilled specialization in one of our five certificate tracks: Applied Data Analytics in Accounting, Assurance and Financial Reporting, Tax Compliance and Consulting, Business Advisory and Internal Audit, and Oil & Gas. The Program provides an opportunity to acquire a strong graduate foundation in accounting and also pursue an area of particular student interest or career aspiration.

The program offers a flexible class schedule and courses that provide students with the right balance of technical knowledge and critical thinking capabilities sought by today’s employers. The majority of our MSACCY courses (approximately 80%) are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals. The remaining courses are offered during the regular day class schedule. Students learn to solve complex business problems, recognize dysfunctional accounting situations, and respond appropriately to ethical and regulatory dilemmas; while engaging in accounting research and gaining first-hand experience communicating their findings. Emphasis is placed on the strong background needed to successfully complete the Texas Uniform CPA exam.

Course options include courses that introduces the concepts and use of data analytics, the related tools (software and programming concepts) and the solution applications (analysis and presentation); and a course where the data analytics software used extensively by the public accounting firms and internal audit departments will be integrated throughout the course including the performance of multiple audit applications. These steps to integrate data analytics into the program are aligned with the guidance of the AACSB and the American Accounting Association (AAA) White Paper on Integrating Data Analytics into the Financial Statement Auditing Class.

The Department of Accountancy & Taxation’s MSACCY Accounting Program is recognized by the AACSB and has received separate Accounting Accreditation from the AACSB. Less than 2% of the worldwide accounting programs have received this important designation as one of the highest quality academic programs which “ensures that students are learning material most relevant to their field of study, preparing them to be effective leaders upon graduation.”

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Admission Requirements

Admission eligibility for the MSACCY Program requires a four-year undergraduate degree (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited institution.

  1. Application for Graduate Studies
  2. Transcripts
    Transcripts from each higher-educational institution attended must be submitted. Transcripts must be official and if applicable please include an official English translation.  Official degree diplomas for foreign credentials, and an official English translation, if applicable, must be submitted.
    International students can find information on submitting official transcripts to the University of Houston Graduate School at
  3. Test Scores
    • An official GMAT or GRE score, less than 5 years old, submitted to the University of Houston. The test should be taken prior to the application deadline.
      • GMAT/GRE can be waived for applicants who hold a terminal doctoral degree, including MD, JD, or PhD, from UH main campus or any other regionally-accredited domestic institution, or international equivalent.
    • English Language Requirement - options for fulfilling this requirement:
  4. Application Fees (Non-refundable)
    • A non-refundable fee is required for all Specialized Masters program in order to submit an application through the system. The fee is $50 for Domestic applicants and $80 for International applicants.
  5. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  6. Goal Statement
    A goal statement should be one to two pages in length. The statement should address specific area of interest within accounting, how the MSACCY degree fits into career aspirations, and any additional information that might be useful to the admission committee.
  7. Two Letters of Recommendation
  8. International Admission Forms
    International applicants who require an I-20 must submit additional documents such as the Letter of Financial Backing form.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

The MSACCY Degree Plan (with the related course numbers) is provided below and is based on all prerequisites being met. The plan provides for individual student customization to address areas of specific interests and also provides opportunities to: (a) obtain a certificate in one of our six specialization tracks, (b) explore our four oil & gas accounting courses, (c) complete courses in our Internal Audit Program which has been recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Center of Excellence (one of only six in the world and one of only four in the United States), and (d) complete an internship for course credit.

The Degree Plan below is tailored to every student’s interest and needs. The course offerings and details are important to note when selecting your courses per term. Please note: if a student has taken an undergrad or post-baccalaureate equivalent of any graduate-level course and successfully completed it, they cannot receive credit for the same course as part of their graduate career.

All newly admitted students are required to attend Tips for Academic Success Orientation and complete an Excel skills development and assessment prior to their first term. This assessment will help students refine their skillsets that are vital in the workplace. Additional Microsoft resources for Access, Word, and PowerPoint are also included for the student’s use and further skill development during the Program.

MSACCY students have the opportunity to take one internship course credit. This course will count as a 3-hour elective on the MSACCY degree plan.

Course Requirements

Accounting Requirements (6 hrs)

Non-Accounting Requirements (6 hrs)

Areas of Specialization (15 hrs)

Select from one of three tracks

Assurance & Financial Reporting Track

Tax Compliance and Consulting Track

Required Courses

Tax Compliance & Consulting Options

Select four courses from below (one course must be ACCT 7362 or ACCT 7379):

Business Advisory and Internal Audit Track

Business or Accounting Electives (3 hrs)

  • One course from a department-maintained list of approved electives Credit Hours: 3.0

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