MSA Information Sheet
Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)
Contact Person: Edward W. Younkins, Ph.D., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.M.
Wheeling Jesuit University’s MSA program covers the important aspects of accounting and does so efficiently.
To be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, most states now require that individuals complete at least 150 semester hours of college. To meet that need, Wheeling Jesuit University created the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program. The Wheeling Jesuit University MSA is a professional non-thesis program designed for individuals who have attained an undergraduate degree in accounting. The MSA degreerequires 10 courses, totaling 30 hours, to complete.
The MSA degree offers potential advantages for those in the accounting field:
Applicants for this graduate program will be judged on the basis of their academic record, recommendations and personal and professional accomplishments. Admittance to the program is contingent on an overall grade point average of 2.80.
Applicants to the graduate program in accountancy who have already passed the CPA exam will not be required to make up deficiencies in the above coursework.
MSA 503 Ethical Environment of Business
Plus two from the following list:
MSA 536 Financial Accounting, Reporting, and Analysis for Mgmnt.
A minimum of three courses (nine credits) constitutes full-time load at the graduate level. Two courses per semester (six credits) constitutes half-time load for graduate students (Fall and Spring). This applies as well to summer session I and II (inclusive). MSA students desiring to graduate in one calendar year will need to complete two courses (six credits) in each summer session and four courses (12 credits) during the Fall and Spring semesters.
CPE for CPAs, CMAs and Others
Not all accountants wish to complete an entire MBA or MSA degree program, although many may prefer to take one or more courses in order to meet CPE requirements or for their own personal or professional growth. To meet this need, practicing accountants may take one or more graduate-level accounting courses without becoming fully matriculated students. After six such courses are completed, with a “B” average, the student will receive a certificate indicating completion of a core of advanced-level professional accounting courses.
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