Program details for the KU Master of Accounting and Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting

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Further details on the Master of Accounting from the KU School of Business


To apply

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Application requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  2. Two letters of recommendation
  3. Official transcript(s)
  4. Three essays
  5. Current resume demonstrating professional work experience
  6. International students must meet KU’s English proficiency, Visa/I-20 and financial support document requirements

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: March 1
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Summer semester: March 1

Prerequisite coursework:

  • Introductory or Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Introductory or Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
  • Introductory Legal Environment of Business or KU-approved equivalent
  • Statistical Decision Making or KU-approved equivalent
  • Financial Management or KU-approved equivalent
  • Organizational Behavior or KU-approved equivalent
  • Marketing Management or KU-approved equivalent
  • Operations Management or Supply Chain Management or KU-approved equivalent
  • Business Economics or International Business or KU-approved equivalent
  • BBA 610: Intermediate Financial Accounting I* or KU-approved equivalent
  • BBA 620: Intermediate Financial Accounting II* or KU-approved equivalent
  • BBA 630: Foundations of Taxation* or KU-approved equivalent
  • BBA 640: Principles of Auditing* or KU-approved equivalent

*These four BBA courses can be completed in two semesters at the KU Edwards Campus and constitute the Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting.

Curriculum and requirements:

The Master of Accounting requires 30 credit hours, typically completed through 10 courses each earning three credit hours. With KU approval, up to six MBA credit hours may count toward the MAcc’s 30 required credit hours.

You’ll have the option to take at least two courses each semester, including the summer session. Potential course topics include:

  • Advanced Accounting
  • Accounting Information systems Risks and Controls
  • Accounting Analytics
  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Fraud Examination
  • Specialized Accounting Practices
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Internal Audit
  • Fair Valuation
  • IT Systems Analysis and Design
  • Data Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Legal Aspects of Business Organizations

Coursework is designed to meet the requirements for candidates to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in most states. Prospective students can determine their eligibility to sit through the state of Kansas and identify coursework deficiencies by completing a pre-evaluation of all transcripts by the Kansas Board of Accountancy (KSBOA). However, because of the specific educational requirements of the KSBOA, students may find it more advantageous to sit for the CPA exam in another state even if they plan to work in Kansas. For more complete information, email the MAcc program at​


Further details on the Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting from the KU School of Business


This four-course certificate provides the framework for graduate and undergraduate students to understand the foundations of accounting. This knowledge is directly applicable to those currently in accounting roles or those seeking opportunities within the accounting field. Students must complete all four courses with a grade of “C” or better to successfully earn the certificate. Students wishing to enter the MAcc program must complete these prerequisite courses with a grade of "B-" or better or a GPA of 3.0 and complete BBA 640: Principles of Audit.

For more information regarding this certificate and to begin the application process:
1. Please fill out and submit your contact information in the form on this page. Be sure to select “Accounting Certificate (undergraduate)” as your academic interest.
2. Contact the program advisor to set up an intake advising appointment to determine your Accounting Certificate pathway.

Prerequisite coursework

  • Introductory or Fundamentals of Financial Accounting*
  • Introductory or Fundamentals of Managerial (Cost) Accounting*

*These two courses must be taken prior to starting Edwards Campus coursework. These courses are not offered at the Edwards Campus.


Admission requirements

Students seeking admission to the Undergraduate Accounting Certificate must:

  1. Successfully complete an Introductory Financial Accounting course and an Introductory Managerial Accounting course at a U.S. institution prior to admission, and
  2. Hold a minimum GPA of 2.5 in existing undergraduate coursework or possess significant work experience. Those seeking admission based on work experience will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the admissions committee.


Courses can be taken at the Edwards Campus in a two-semester sequence. Each course is offered once per academic year, and courses are sequential. To successfully earn the certificate, students are required to earn a “C” or better in each course and have a certificate GPA of 2.0 at completion. Please note the following:

  • BBA students are required to have an overall and professional GPA of 2.2 to graduate.
  • Students who intend to enter the MAcc Working Professional program are required to have an overall and professional GPA of 3.0 or must complete each course with a “B-” or better.

Required courses

  • BBA 610: Intermediate (Financial) Accounting I – Fall semester
  • BBA 620: Intermediate (Financial) Accounting II – Spring semester
  • BBA 630: Foundations of Taxation – Fall semester

Plus, one of the following

  • BBA 407: Business Processes, Fraud, & Controls – Summer semester
  • BBA 640: Principles of Audit – Spring semester (required for MAcc)


Angela Hughes
Academic Success Coach