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High value is placed on employees who bring a broad background to their positions. Recognizing this fact, the MSAIA program accommodates students who do not have undergraduate accounting or business degrees.

Students who did not major in accounting, but have an undergraduate business degree, are required to take six accounting courses prior to beginning the graduate MSAIA course work. The courses are:

  • Intermediate Accounting I and II 
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Fundamentals of Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation

Applicants who do not have an undergraduate business degree will likely require two years to complete the program. The first year is devoted to background courses and the second to the graduate program itself.

In addition to these six background accounting courses, students without a business background are required to complete the following courses prior to any 400 level coursework. Some of these courses are prerequisites to the above accounting courses:

Course Course Title Credits
ECO I Principles of Economics 4
FIN 125 Business Finance 3
ECO 45 Statistical Methods 3
ACCT 151
Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 152 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
LAW 201 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 186 Supply Chain Operations Management 3
MGT 243 Management of Organizations 3
BIS 111 Introduction to Information Systems 3

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