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The School of Accountancy offers graduate work leading to the master of accountancy and doctor of philosophy degrees. Graduate programs in accountancy prepare students for advanced professional careers in public, private and governmental accounting, and for careers in teaching and research.

Alert to change and recognizing that accounting education at the graduate level should be ahead of current practice, the School’s programs require course work stressing advanced knowledge in accounting theory and practice, quantitative methods, data analytics, economics and business. Opportunities exist on and off campus for exchanging ideas with practicing accountants and for participating in the solution of their professional problems.

Among the school’s special facilities are a comprehensive collection of accounting and investment services, computer databases, technical journals and microfilm copies of annual reports, government documents and doctoral dissertations.

Degrees Offered

Accountancy, Master of Accountancy (Online)

100% Online

Admission Criteria

  • Four-year accredited bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution
  • Competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • Must meet the accounting prerequisites listed below:
    • Accounting I and II
    • Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Cost and Managerial Accounting
    • Introduction to Taxation
  • Competitive undergraduate GPA
  • Applicants may be required to interview

Students will be admitted to the Online Master of Accountancy based on a variety of key qualifications. Evaluation criteria will include not only academic success (as represented by a student’s GPA), but also other factors such as professional work experience, leadership experience, and academic aptitude (as displayed by GMAT or GRE scores). Future job potential will be evaluated through interviews by a panel of faculty, staff, and alumni and alumnae representatives from the accounting profession. Additionally, student motivation and readiness will be assessed through review of their statement of objectives included in the application process.

Work experience may be considered in lieu of some admittance requirements. Additionally, students that are employed or otherwise financially supported by an employer (i.e. an accounting firm or corporation) may receive a waiver of some admittance requirements.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Online MAcc Program

  • Trulaske Graduate Application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • A resume/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for international students)

Accountancy, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: February 1

  • A prior record of outstanding academic performance
  • Strong letters of recommendation

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based10017171717
TOEFL Paper-based6005252N/A52
IELTS Academic76666

Minimum GMAT scores

Test TypeMinimum Score
GMAT700

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Accountancy PhD Program

  • 3 Recommendation letters, mailed or accepted electronically through the Graduate Studies online application
  • Statement of Purpose, uploaded to online application or mailed
  • Resume, uploaded to online application or mailed
  • Official GMAT scores

Prerequisites for the Doctoral Degree

International students should note that we rarely admit a student directly from outside the United States unless they have studied/worked in an English-language setting.

Prerequisites to undertaking doctoral course work include one, and preferably two, semesters of calculus; an introductory statistics course; intermediate-level microeconomic theory; and an undergraduate accounting major (or equivalent). Prior graduate work is not required for admission to the program, but most successful applicants do have a master’s degree.

Assurance, Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:  

Stand Alone: No
Degree Dependent: Yes

Total Credit Hours:  15

Certificate description: A solid understanding of assurance procedures and practices will allow students to make an immediate impact in their chosen career. The Assurance Certificate will allow students to present this specialization on their resumes which will enhance their future careers and earning potential. The Assurance Certificate program will provide interested students with courses presenting the principal aspects of Assurance Services, including advanced auditing, internal audit, audit of internal controls, fraud examination or forensic accounting, advanced financial accounting, and corporate taxation. The Assurance Certificate program will also provide students with advanced skills necessary to succeed in Assurance Services-related careers. Through completion of the required coursework, students will be able to:

  • Assess business and financial reporting risks
  • Understand and apply auditing concepts and procedures
  • Design and implement internal controls
  • Understand the role of corporate governance in risk management
  • Implement fraud prevention and detection procedures
  • Understand how corporate taxes can impact a corporation’s financial statements
  • Understand the basis of corporate taxation and book-to-tax differences (ASC 740)

School of Accountancy graduates with an Assurance Certificate will be prepared for a variety of careers including: external and internal auditor, risk management, fraud examination, and consulting on risk, assurance, and fraud prevention.

For information about certificate, contact:
Shannon Ferguson, Director, 150-Hour and Master of Accountancy

Email:   FergusonSh@missouri.edu
Phone:  (573) 882-4463
Address:  303 Cornell Hall, University of Missouri

Accounting Information Systems, Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  No  
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  18

Certificate description:  Completion of the requirements of the certificate indicates that a student has develop med expertise in theory, design, implementation, processing, assurance and use of accounting information systems for providing information needed for various business systems.

Note: This program is no longer accepting applicants.

Taxation, Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:  

Stand Alone:  No  
Degree Dependent:  
 Yes

Total Credit Hours:  15

Certificate description:  Graduate students in Accountancy may use their accountancy electives and business electives to complete an emphasis in taxation. Upon completing the requirements listed below, a student will receive a Graduate Certificate issued from the Office of Graduate Studies in Taxation.

For information about certificate, contact:
Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business

Email:    
Phone: 
  (573) 882-9348
Address:    Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, University of Missouri, Cornell Hall, Columbia, Missouri 65211