Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Accounting, M.S.

The College of Business  offers a graduate major in Accounting leading to the degree of Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.).

This professional, graduate degree program is part of a coordinated 150-hour program in Accounting which allows students to earn a B.S. (after 120 hours), an M.S. (after 150 hours), and satisfy the eligibility requirements for taking the C.P.A. exam.

Although a bachelor’s degree in accounting is not required for admission to the M.S. in Accounting program, students who have earned their baccalaureate degrees in other academic areas will be required to complete appropriate preparatory courses in business and accounting in addition to those required for the master’s degree.

Program Expected Student Outcomes

1. Accounting Acumen and Strategic Decision Making

1.1 Learners will demonstrate proficiency in accounting knowledge and concepts.

1.2 Learners will analyze business problems and recommend solutions by applying knowledge of financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing.

1.3 Learners will be able to communicate business challenges and solutions to key stakeholders

2. Technology Skills

2.1 Learners will apply technology to meet the needs of the accounting profession.

2.2 Learners will demonstrate proficiency in data analysis and visualization tools.

3. Ethical Awareness and Competence

3.1 Learners will understand various influences on, and be able to apply various approaches to, ethical decision-making. 

3.2Learners will demonstrate social and ethical awareness in a complex business environment.

4. Global Perspective

4.1 Learners will apply accounting knowledge and skills to generate solutions to address complex global business challenges

4.2 Learners will demonstrate an understanding of multi-national accounting settings

Professional Licensure Disclosure:

Federal law requires GovState to disclose information related to the educational requirements for licensure and certification in U.S. state and jurisdictions.

The M.S. in Accounting at GovState meets the educational requirements to sit for the four sections of the CPA exam in the state of Illinois. Additional information about the educational requirements as well as the licensure requirements after passing the CPA exam are available on the Illinois Board of Examiners website: http://www.ilboe.org/.

GovState has not made determination for licensure in other states and jurisdictions. Please visit https://nasba.org/stateboards/ to find each state’s licensure requirements. Many states and jurisdictions may also require 150 total credit hours and work experience being licensed.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to university admission requirements, applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application package:

  1. a GMAT or GRE score from tests administered within five years of the date of admission*;
  2. two confidential letters of recommendation from professional references (e.g. current or former college faculty member, current or former work supervisor, community leader);
  3. a two-page, double-spaced statement of intent which discusses personal short and long term career goals and reasons for pursuing a MS in Accounting degree at this time and what about this particular program is going to help reach those goals. Please give specific personal examples of leadership and provide other pertinent information to help the committee select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program. The statement of intent offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills and supports your candidacy for the MS in Accounting; and
  4. a current resume.

*The GMAT or GRE may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following:

  1. a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher for the last 60 hours, from a regionally accredited college or university, or
  2. a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; or
  3. five years of relevant full time work or equivalent experience that includes one or more of the following: managing people, projects, and/or budgets. Waiver requests will be reviewed and approved on a case by case basis upon verification and committee approval; or
  4. meet the requirement for Guaranteed Admission to the MSA (GAMSA) program for GovState undergraduate students including:
    1. having completed 12 hours (4 courses) in core accounting courses (ACCT-3111 ; ACCT-3151 ; ACCT-3152 ; ACCT-3252 ; ACCT-4251 ; or ACCT-4354 ) at GovState with a minimum of 3.25 from those accounting courses taken at GovState; and
    2. having or maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher in last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree.

Current undergraduate students may only apply for GAMSA if they have met requirement (a) and completed at least 90 hours of their undergraduate degree program with at least an overall GPA of 3.25. Approved GAMSA students may waive the letters of recommendation special admission requirement.

Required Preparation

Applicants must complete preparatory course work for the MSA program if necessary. Required preparation coursework may be completed prior to admission to the MSA program or upon admission into the program. A bachelor’s degree in accounting from an ACBSP or AACSB accredited accounting program typically satisfies all or most of the required preparation requirement, although an undergraduate accounting degree is not required to enter the MSA program. Academic advisors will evaluate transcripts to determine prior coursework that meets required preparation for the MSA program. Students must meet a “B” grade average across the following prerequisite coursework:

With permission of the dean, students can enroll in graduate level courses for which they have completed the prerequisites before completing all of the preparatory courses.

Candidacy Requirements

After admission as a degree-seeking student, a student must also apply for candidacy. Application forms are available in the Academic Advising Office. To qualify for candidacy, a student must:

  1. satisfy all conditions of admission;
  2. maintain an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all course work completed at Governors State University as a graduate student with no more than two grades of “C.”
  3. complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher in each course and overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or better; and
  4. apply for candidacy after earning a minimum of 9 and a maximum of 12 graduate credit-hours (beyond prerequisite coursework). Students who complete more than 15 hours of degree requirements before attaining candidacy status may be required to complete up to 18 additional hours, approved by the Dean, as a candidate before being approved for graduation by the college.

5-Year MSA Admission Requirements - Special Sequence for students enrolled in the GovState Accounting, BS

The 5-Year MSA will prepare students for professional accounting positions in public accounting firms as well as other positions in industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students will earn their BS degree at GovState after completing 120 credit hours and their MS degree after completing 33 additional credit hours. Undergraduate Accounting majors at Governors State University may elect to enroll in this track, once they have reached “junior” status. 

Admission requirements include:

Students interested in pursuing this track should meet with their Undergraduate Academic Advisor to assure that the program of study reflects this 5-Year MSA option.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a master’s degree.

Students must meet the collegial graduation requirements listed at the beginning of this section.

Information on these alternatives can be obtained from the Academic Advising Office.