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University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business Master of Science in Accounting
University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business

Master of Science in Accounting

Cincinnati, USA

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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USD 11,159 / per semester *


* Ohio resident | Non-resident: $15,696.00 per semester


The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to prepare students for success both during and after the CPA exam. This program offers both full- and part-time options so that you can pursue your degree at your pace.

Our MS in Accounting program is specifically designed to cover all of the material typically tested by the CPA exam. Graduates of the Lindner MS Accounting program are qualified to sit for not only the State of Ohio CPA exam but also the tests proctored in most other states as well. While the requirements to take the exam differ from state-to-state, many examinations cover content that is not taught in most undergraduate programs.

Why earn an Accounting master's degree?

Not only does our Master’s in Accounting program prepare students for the CPA, it also provides the necessary knowledge and skillset needed to work at the highest level in any area of accounting. Students can complete the program in as little as nine months with full-time and part-time program options. The Lindner College of Business also features career coaches to assist with finding internships and boasts a state-of-the-art building and an award-winning reputation.

Domestic graduates enjoy a 100 percent placement record and more than 80 percent accept a full-time position before graduation. UC graduates are hired by respected companies like Kroger, Fifth Third Bank, Caterpillar, EY and KPMG. Additionally, the nation's top five accounting firms all have a significant presence in Cincinnati.

Why study Business Administration-Accounting?

The Master of Science in Business Administration-Accounting Program (MSBA in Accounting) is a degree program which, when added to a business baccalaureate degree in Accounting or its equivalent, satisfies the education requirements to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination in the State of Ohio and 45 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam with similar education requirements. The MSBA in Accounting Program is designed for the following types of students:

  1. Students with a baccalaureate degree in accounting (30-semester graduate credits)
  2. Students with non-accounting business degrees (54-semester graduate credits)
  3. Students with non-business degrees (55-semester graduate credits).
  4. Students with non-business degrees (55-semester graduate credits)

The MSBA in Accounting Program is offered in two formats:

  1. Full-Time Program where students can take 12 to 18 semester credits of coursework per term
  2. Part-Time Program where students take two courses per term in the evenings.

Successful accountants possess excellent critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze information. Other attributes include:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to identify and control risk
  • Strong communication skills
  • Team building skills

Successful graduates entering the accounting field can enhance their marketability in three ways:

  • High grades, as many accounting employers look for an overall GPA of 3.2 or greater
  • Work experience in the form of co-op or internships
  • Leadership experiences in campus and/or community groups

Application Deadline

International: April 15, 2023; Scholarship Priority: April 15, 2023; Final Deadline: July 31, 2023 (subject to space availability)


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