Master of Science in Accountancy

The M.S. in Accountancy prepares students for positions in financial management and in-demand professional designations leading to excellent positions in public accounting, corporate accounting, financial planning, small business accounting, governmental accounting, charities, colleges and universities, and hospitals and other medical firms.  In addition, the degree provides financial management training for students who want to own and manage their own businesses.

New CPA Exam requirements make it necessary for candidates to choose a specific “discipline” between Taxation, Business Analysis and Reporting, and Information Systems and Controls. The MS in Accounting gives students the opportunity to emphasize one of these areas.

Combined with the BBA Accounting degree, the MS in Accountancy provides all required classwork required for the CPA designation, the CMA designation. Students interested in a professional financial designation should consult with a faculty member in accounting.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

The M.S. in Accountancy includes important training in financial management, financial reporting, data analysis, analytics, critical thinking, financial planning, and decision-making--essential skills in today's business world.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

30 semester credit hours (SCH).

Required Courses
ACCT 5563Accounting Ethics3
ACCT 5733Accounting Research3
ACCT 5483Accounting for Management Control3
ACCT 5473Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 5903Special Topics (Advanced Accounting)3
Choose one of the following emphasis areas9
Tax Compliance and Planning (Choose three of the following)
Advanced Topics in Taxation
Tax Planning and Compliance
Entity Taxation
Business Analysis and Reporting (Choose three of the following)
Advanced Accounting Analytics
Contemporary Topics in Accounting
Special Topics (Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting)
Auditing, Systems, and Controls (Choose three of the following)
Advanced Auditing
Information Systems Audit, Assurance, and Advisory
Special Topics (Internal Auditing)
Other Electives
Choose six SCH of coursework not previously taken from any of the courses in any emphasis area or from the courses below.6
Special Topics (Professional Accounting I)
Special Topics (Professional Accounting II)
Total SCHs30