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

Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation - ACCY 517

Government & Nonprofit Accounting - ACCY 519

Multistate Taxation - ACCY 550

International Tax - ACCY 554

Data Driven Decisions in Accounting - ACCY 569

Risk Management and Innovation - ACCY 574

Data Preparation for Accounting - ACCY 576

Machine Learning for Accounting - ACCY 577

Accounting Analytics Applications – ACCY 578

  • 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).  Additional non-accountancy electives are available. You can find the full list of non-accountancy electives can be found on the course offerings page

Corporate & Commercial Law - BADM 403

Infonomics - MBA 565

ACCY 593: Disruption & Emerging Technologies

  • 4 Credit Hours, 8 Weeks in Length, Spring 2 Only
  • Coursera Components: MOOC 1 & MOOC 2 Forthcoming
Accountancy Analytics Concentration

The iMSA Program currently offers one transcriptable concentration, the Accountancy Analytics Concentration. Students who wish to have this concentration appear on their transcript must complete 12 hours of approved courses. The recommended course completion of this concentration is:

  • ACCY 569
  • ACCY 576
  • ACCY 577
  • MBA 565
  • Two sections of ACCY 578     

A Graduate Student Petition is required to request the concentration be added to your record. The concentration will be listed on your transcript, but will not appear on your diploma. No coursework substitutions are allowed to complete the concentration.  

If you are interested in completing the Accountancy Analytics concentration as part of your degree, please work with our student and academic success specialists.   

Required Coursework:

  • ACCY 569: Data Driven Decisions in Accounting (2 credit hours)
  • ACCY 576: Data Preparation for Accounting (2 credit hours)

Select 8 hours of approved electives below. MBA 561 should be completed prior to taking MBA 563 or MBA 564 in order to be successful.

  • ACCY 577 Machine Learning
  • ACCY 578 Accounting Analytics Applications
  • MBA 563 Data Toolkit: Business Data Modeling & Predictive Analytics
  • MBA 564 Special Topics 1 and 2
  • MBA 565: Infonomics


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

iMSA Sample Plans
iMSA students can follow the basic accounting or tax path. The Data Analytics concentration is transcriptable. Students must submit a Graduate Student Request form.

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.