The BS in Business Administration/MS in Accounting PlusOne Program provides rigorous training in accounting along with additional credit hours required for CPA licensure. You will learn from an esteemed faculty, many of whom are also full-time practitioners, upholding professional careers in the accounting and tax industries.
Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree and MS in Accounting Concurrently
You can get started on your Masters of Science in Accounting as an undergraduate with the D’Amore-McKim PlusOne Program. Designed for academically outstanding students, the program allows you to take up to a total of 14 graduate credits during your senior year and apply those credits toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees. You will take eight of these credits in the Summer 2 term between your junior and senior years and six credits in the fall semester of your senior year.
The first step is to talk with your undergraduate advisor and an advisor for the MS in Accounting program. Ideally you will start these conversations during your sophomore year or the first term of your junior year so that you are prepared to enroll in the appropriate classes during the summer of your junior year.
What’s the Advantage?
- Double-Count Your Coursework – Up to 14 credits earned count toward a bachelor’s and master’s degree, allowing you to receive your graduate degree one year sooner than you would in a traditional master’s program.
- Cut Down On Costs – Those 14 credits will count toward both your undergraduate and graduate education at no additional cost. All MS in Accounting courses taken prior to your undergraduate graduation will be charged at the undergraduate tuition rate.
- Gain a Competitive Edge – Jobs for accountants are expected to grow by 13% by 2022, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even during the worst of the Great Recession, unemployment among CPAs was less than half the national average.
- Outearn Your Peers – A recent evaluation by Kiplinger magazine found that graduate degrees in accounting are among those with the highest return on investment.
Required Graduate Courses
Summer 2 (Post Junior Year)
- ACCT 6204 Multinational Business Combinations
- ACCT 6253 Ethics in Accounting
- ACCT 6216 Government & Non-Profit Accounting
Fall Semester (Senior Year)
- Two Track Electives
- ACCT 5256 Internal Auditing
- ACCT 5255 Forensic Accounting
- ~ or ~
- ACCT 5230 Federal Taxation Issues
- ACCT 5232 Estate & Gift Taxation
Summer 1 (Post Bachelors Degree)
- ACCT 6207 Contemporary & Emerging Issues
- ACCT 6203 Business Entity Taxation
- ACCT 6229 Foreign Currency Transactions
Summer 2 (Post Bachelors Degree)
- ACCT 6254 Accounting Research & Communication
- Two Track Electives
- ACCT 6205 Auditing in a Big Data Environment
- ACCT 6217 Corporate Governance
- ~ or ~
- ACCT 6231 Corporations & Shareholders
- ACCT 6235 Partners & Partnerships
PlusOne MSA Curriculum Timeline
Download the PlusOne MSA curriculum map to view the typical timeline of the program.
Criteria for acceptance and GMAT/GRE waiver:
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Minimum 3.25 accounting GPA
- Successful completion of at least one co-op
How to Apply
- Create a new account for BSBA/MS in Accounting
- Select program: MS in Accounting (Once student has created an account, log in and begin application.)
- In the application itself, student should select: Program – BSBA/MS in Accounting, Entry Term – Summer I post BSBA graduation
- Complete the application and submit when ready
Meeting with an advisor is mandatory. You can schedule an appointment before you apply or we will schedule an appointment after we receive your application.
To schedule your advisor meeting or to get your questions answered, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 373-4622.
- Application for admission (online application)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Application fee is waived (contact Advisor for waiver code)
- Completion of the BSBA/MS in Accounting PlusOne Program will result in 16 credits in addition to your BSBA. Students must work with an advisor to ensure they will have a total of 150 credits required for CPA licensure upon completion.
- Students will complete the requirements for both degrees, except for any sharing of graduate course credits approved for the PlusOne Program.
- A maximum of 14 undergraduate semester hours of credits may be waived via graduate course sharing. Course credits waived via any course credit sharing will be at the undergraduate level only.
- The undergraduate degree will be awarded at the completion of undergraduate requirements.
- After the completion of the undergraduate curriculum, students will be considered a graduate student. At this point, the students will have a graduate transcript for the remainder of their program.
- Tuition and services (e.g., campus housing availability) will align with the student status.
- Students enrolled in the PlusOne Program are not eligible for any scholarships including the Double Husky scholarship.
Meet Some of Our Students
“Today, I am proud to say that I was able to graduate from undergrad in four and a half years with over one year of full-time work experience at a Big Four accounting firm, and half of my master’s degree already complete,” says Secchia.
“I was able to leverage the analytical skills I learned through my education in accounting to pursue a new career in talent acquisition,” says Fingar.
Do you have questions about becoming a MS in Accounting PlusOne student? We’d be delighted to speak with you about the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree.