iMSA Degree Requirements

The iMSA was developed by top accounting faculty to build expertise in leading analytics methods, financial reporting, audit and control, and US federal taxation. This degree helps prepare you to sit for the CPA exam. The 20 accountancy hours required are ACCY 501 through ACCY 505 (each of the five courses awards 4 hours credit).

For successful completion of this program, all iMSA students must:

  • Complete 32 Credit Hours
    Of which at least 20 hours are in accountancy (ACCY) courses, and at least 4 hours are in a non-accountancy course.
  • Earn a Cumulative GPA of 3.0
    This is the minimum term GPA required to maintain good academic standing in each term and to graduate.

Course Information

iMSA accounting courses are offered once a year. You can view the Annual Course Offering List for information on both accountancy and non-accountancy course offerings. If you have any questions on degree planning or course information, please visit the Planning & Advising section.


Core Accounting Courses

Accounting Analysis I - ACCY 501

Accounting Analysis II - ACCY 502

Managerial Accounting - ACCY 503

  • Spring Only

Auditing - ACCY 504

Federal Taxation - ACCY 505


Accounting Elective Courses

Advanced Financial Reporting - ACCY 506

Taxation of Business Entities – ACCY 507

Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Accountants – ACCY 516

Data Driven Decisions in Accounting - ACCY 569

Data Preparation for Accounting - ACCY 576

Machine Learning for Accounting - ACCY 577

Infonomics - MBA 565

Accounting Analytics Applications – ACCY 593

  • 1 Credit Hours, Fall and Spring
Non-Accounting Elective Courses

Most non-accountancy electives are 8-week, 4-credit hour courses and can be taken year-round (fall, spring, and summer semesters).  

Corporate & Commercial Law - BADM 403

Degree Planning

Your degree plan is an important step that will give you a road map toward graduation. Our dedicated Student & Academic Success Specialists will work with you throughout your iMSA journey to help you plan a degree path that will meet your professional and personal needs. Because you will need to budget 10 to 15 hours per week per course to complete the work, you should not take more than 1 to 2 courses at a time. Additionally, there are certain courses we recommend you not take together. For this reason, it is always a good idea to contact a specialist to review your plans.


iMSA Resources

Fall Admit Sample Plans and Spring Admit Sample Plans
We offer 3 focus areas for students to choose from — Tax, Data Analytics, and Basic Accounting. These documents cover course planning options for students admitted in the fall or the spring.

Annual iMSA Course Offerings
For your convenience, we provide you with an Annual View of iMSA Course Offerings to give you a good idea of when our courses are offered throughout the year.