MSACC Curriculum and CPA Exam

An innovative feature of the MSACC program is the alignment of program coursework and the CPA exam components. The MSACC is designed to maximize accounting knowledge while preparing you for the exam. This 30-credit hour program requires students to dedicate significant effort to their studies and preparation over the 10-month integration period to achieve the highest levels of learning and success.

  • The MSACC courses are scheduled to integrate with sections of the CPA exam.
  • The MSACC program aligns with CPA review courses.
  • Program completion in 10 months while having the opportunity to study for and sit for the CPA exam if you have an accounting degree and as little as 14 months for students with no prior accounting coursework.
  • Open to all majors – with the completion of accounting prerequisites. Complete requirements to sit for the CPA examination for the State of Kentucky can be found at Kentucky Board of Accountancy.
  • The program will prepare you for a professional career in accounting and enhance your communication, analytical and teamwork skills.

Program Requirements

The MSACC program is a 30-credit hour program that provides lock-step course sequence for each of the eight required accounting classes. Graduate electives can be taken in approved courses as they best fit into students' schedules and can include additional graduate level accounting courses. Students must complete at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit, with a minimum of 21 semester hours in accounting courses.

All students must complete the following courses:

  • ACC 507: Advanced Topics in Taxation
  • ACC 516: Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
  • ACC 601: Research in Accounting Theory
  • ACC 603: Attest Function
  • ACC 617: Selected Topics in Taxation
  • ACC 621: Understanding Financial Statements
  • ACC 624: Enterprise Information and Control Systems
  • MGT 641: Legal Issues for Accountants
  • Two graduate-level elective courses (at least one at the 600 level).

Course Schedule

Fall Semester

ACC 507 – Advanced Topics in Taxation
ACC 617 – Selected Topics in Taxation
MGT 641 – Legal Issues in the Accounting Profession
Two graduate-level elective courses
(Sit for Regulation (REG) section of CPA exam first 10 days in January)

Spring Semester

First 7 weeks
ACC 603 – Attest Function
ACC 624 – Enterprise Information and Control Systems
(Sit for Auditing & Attestation (AUD) section of CPA exam first 10 days of March)

Second 7 weeks
ACC 601 – Research in Accounting Theory
ACC 621 – Understanding Financial Statements
(Sit for Business Environment & Concepts (BEC) section of CPA exam first 10 days of May)

Summer Semester 6 weeks

ACC 516 – Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting
(Sit for Financial Accounting & Reporting (FAR) section of CPA exam during July)

Bridge Program for Non-accounting Majors

Candidates who majored in finance as an undergrad and completed ACC 301 & 302 have the following options:

  • Complete ACC 324, & 407 during the summer semester and complete ACC 403 during the fall semester while enrolled in the MSACC program.
  • Complete ACC 324, 403 & 407 during the fall semester and start the MSACC program during the spring semester.

Candidates who already completed ACC 201 & ACC 202 have the following options:

  • Complete ACC 301, 302, 324, & 407 during the summer semester and complete ACC 403 during the fall semester while enrolled in the MSACC program.
  • Complete ACC 301, 302, 324, 403, & 407 during the fall semester and start the MSACC program during the spring semester.

Candidates who have yet to complete any accounting courses have the following options:

  • Complete ACC 201, 202, 301, 302, 324 & 407 during the summer semester and complete ACC 403 during the fall semester while enrolled in the MSACC program.
  • Complete ACC 201 & 202 during the summer semester and complete ACC 301, 302, 324. 403 & 407 during the fall semester then begin the MSACC program during the spring semester.