Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

The Master of Science in Accounting program provides students with the business and analytical skills needed to become future leaders. 100% online. No GMAT or GRE required.

With your choice of emphasis on Audit, Tax, Financial Reporting & Analytics, all of which contain STEM components, the MS in Accounting program will prepare students for various positions in the accounting sector. These include jobs as professional accountants as CPAs, CMAs, and for positions in public accounting, corporate accounting, governmental accounting, not-for-profit accounting, and other roles in financial management.  

MSA program features

  • Brand new program beginning Fall 2023
  • Degree completion in as little as 12 months or 30 credit hours*
  • Enter the program in Fall, Spring, or Summer with the ability to finish the program in one year
  • 100% online
  • Emphasis in Audit, Tax, Business Analysis & Reporting, or develop your own emphasis
  • Combined with the BBA Accounting program prepares students for the CPA, CMA, CIA and other designations 
  • Includes CPA Review Course as an elective

*Individual requirements may vary.

Degree Requirements

Why TWU?

Accredited and highly ranked

The College of Business is now accredited from AACSB InternationalAACSB accredited logo 
—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), considered the world’s leading association of business schools. Less than 6% of business schools worldwide have earned this distinction.

Texas Woman’s also ranks 6th (tied) among U.S. universities for diversity, according to U.S. News & World Report.

We build women leaders

Only 5.4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and only 25 percent of senior managers and executives within those companies are women. TWU is working to help change that.

More than 70 percent of our faculty and staff across the university are women. While COB faculty prepare you to tackle the male-dominated world of business, our outreach staff work closely with employers to bring networking and employment opportunities to campus.

For our budding entrepreneurs, TWU’s Center for Women Entrepreneurs is the state’s only university center dedicated to women’s entrepreneurship and business ownership. The Center provides tools for you to succeed including access to training/coaching, funding, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Tailored career planning

The Career Connections Center provides advising services and tailored career planning, including networking and salary negotiations. Fast-track your job search using the Career's Handshake, a unique resume reviewing and job opening database that works to fast-track your job search.

The College of Business takes it one step further with a team of Outreach and External Relations staff that work with the Career Connections Center to keep our business students in-the-know on employment opportunities and networking events.

Sitting for the CPA Exam

Students who complete both the BBA in Accounting and MSA degrees at TWU should be fully prepared to sit for the CPA Exam. The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy regulates class requirements and, from time to time, changes the requirements to sit for the CPA Exam. TWU makes every effort to keep class requirements in alignment with the Board's requirements and makes updates in class requirements as needed.  

Students who do not have both the BBA in Accounting and MSA degrees at TWU may schedule a meeting with an accounting faculty member to develop an individual plan to sit for the CPA Exam. This is recommended for all students at least one year before.


Accountants perform important tasks all across every type of organization, including for-profits, charities, hospitals, universities, governmental entities with tasks such as pensions, payroll, pricing, cash management, costing products and services, budgeting, financial statement creation and reporting. TWU alumni work in investment firms, public accounting firms, nonprofits, in film and TV as production cost supervisors and in governmental accounting at all levels.

Admission requirements

Graduate Admission

Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

  1. Apply online.
    Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
  2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
    • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
    • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
  3. Submit Recommendation Requests
    If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
  4. Pay the application fee.
    The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
    1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
    2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
      TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
      (include your full name and ID number).
    3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
    4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
    5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

Admission to the Master of Science in Accountancy

Program Contact

Pushkala Raman, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director

Application Deadlines

The College of Business admits students on a continual basis. Please contact the College for more information.

Admission Requirements

Unconditional Admission to MSA

  • Earned bachelor's degree in accounting with at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earned bachelor's degree in any discipline with at least 15 credit hours of accounting, 3000-level or above with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00, from a regionally accredited institution. Preferred courses shown below:
    • ACCT 3023 - intermediate Accounting I
    • ACCT 3103 - Cost Accounting
    • ACCT 5523 - Auditing
    • ACCT 3063 - Tax Accounting I
    • ACCT 4193 - Accounting Analytics or ACCT 4173 - Accounting Info Systems

Provisional Admission to MSA

Earned bachelor's degree in accounting with a 2.5 - 2.99 Cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution.  Student must take two graduate leveling courses

    • ACCT 5023 - Intermediate Financial Accounting (15 weeks)
    • ACCT 5033 - Cornerstones of Accounting (15 weeks)

Earned bachelor's degree in any discipline with at least 15 credit hours of accounting, 3000-level or above with an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 - 2.99, from a regionally accredited institution. Student must take two graduate leveling courses

    • ACCT 5023 - Intermediate Financial Accounting (15 weeks)
    • ACCT 5033 - Cornerstones of Accounting (15 weeks)

Earned bachelor's degree in any discipline with at least a 2.5 - 2.99 GPA from a regionally accredited institution.  Students must first take all four graduate Leveling Courses and earn at least a 3.0

    • ACCT 5093 - Financial Accounting (7 weeks)
    • ACCT 5433 - Managerial Accounting (7 weeks)
    • ACCT 5023 - Intermediate Financial Accounting (15 weeks)
    • ACCT 5033 - Cornerstones of Accounting (15 weeks)

The College of Business holds orientation for new students in the fall and spring semesters.  It is a requirement that all new students attend one of these session. Information will be provided after acceptance to the program.

For more information

Pushkala Raman, PhD
Graduate Program Director

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