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FAQS | MS Accounting

  • How many credit hours are required to complete the MS(A) program?

    • 30 credit hours in total.
  • Can a student start the MS(A) program in the Spring semester?

    Yes! Students can begin in the program in the Fall (August) or Spring (January).
  • Who is the MS(A) program’s target audience?

    We provide a CPA Exam-ready curriculum that provides a solid foundation for students looking to begin careers in public accounting and for students whose goals are leadership positions in corporations or non-profit/government entities. Our program is designed for students whose undergraduate major is accounting, particularly at Purdue University, but we welcome interested students from other U.S. and international universities and colleges.
  • What are the admissions procedures?

    Details and answers to frequently asked questions about how to apply can be found on our website.
  • Who should I have write my recommendations?

    At least one recommendation should come from a faculty member who can comment meaningfully on your ability to pursue graduate‐level study in Accounting. The second recommendation may come from another faculty member or from someone who has supervised you in an internship or other professional situation.
  • Is full-time work experience required in order to apply?

  • Does the MS(A) program allow me to customize my curriculum?

    The MS(A) program requires Advanced Auditing and Professional Practice (3 credit hours), Communications for Accountants (2 credit hours) and Business Law for Accountants (2 credit hours); 12 credit hours of accounting electives and 11 credit hours of general electives. A sample plan of study is available here.
  • Will I be assigned a staff/faculty advisor?

    Professor Troy Janes, an Accounting faculty member, will assist each student with scheduling and course planning. In addition, students will have career advising support and will have opportunities for mentoring and research with other Accounting faculty in Krannert.
  • Are there career services available to MS(A) students?

    • The Krannert Professional Development Center (KPDC) provides assistance to students in helping themselves secure rewarding full‐time placement opportunities. KPDC maintains private, comfortable interview suites; computers with Intranet and Internet access; resume production equipment; telephones for free job search calls; and a current library of online and directory resources. Career counseling and resume preparation services are also available to our students.
    • What types of career paths will a Master of Science (Accounting) prepare me to pursue?
    • Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in public, corporate or non-profit/government accounting. Customization allows students to choose courses that support careers in assurance or tax and CPA exam preparation. It also allows them to choose courses that support corporate or non-profit/government careers and CPA/CMA exam preparation. Our MS(A) program offers a degree that supports your career plans throughout your working lifetime and facilitates any career path changes that you may wish to pursue in the future.