Master of Business Administration

Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) at the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics is focused on the development of the skills required of today's accountants. The curriculum ensures that students develop the knowledge base and technical skills necessary to prepare for the CPA exam, as well as the professional leadership skills practicing accountants need to excel in their organizations.

Even though we meet just once a week, the quality is still there.

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The MSA program is intended to meet the needs of students with a variety backgrounds.

  • For those with a bachelor's degrees in accounting, the MSA curriculum will satisfy the additional 30 credit hours beyond the accounting major's degree required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Those with other undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply with understanding that additional coursework will be required.

Classes are held on weekday evenings to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Fast Track MSA

Recent graduates with bachelor degrees in business, who have been fully admitted into the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics MSA program, and meet the qualifications, can waive all undergraduate accounting prerequisites (27 credit hours), and will be reimbursed for the cost of the GMAT ($250), after successfully completing six graduate credits.

Qualifications for the Fast Track MSA program:

  • Earned Bachelor degree in business no more than a year prior to the semester of admission.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.35 from an AACSB-accredited business school or an undergraduate cumulative GPA of a least 3.65 from a non-AACSB-accredited business school.
  • GMAT score of at least 450.

Admission to the MSA program requires applicants to provide the following:

  1. Completed application and resume. To apply online, go to: and select “Graduate Students.
  2. Official college or university transcripts from all institutions attended
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score
  5. Application fee
  6. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the approved assessment methods listed on the Office of International Student Services website

Taking the first step

To learn more about the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics MSA we encourage you to call Dr. Bhavik Pate 574-520-4614 or email him at or Christine Chaney by email at