BS-Accounting/Master of Accounting (BS/MAcc)

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Apply for the Combined Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Accounting (BS/MAcc) Pathway today by completing the Graduate Programs Office’s online form.

Interested students should apply for the pathway before registering for senior coursework. Preferred application deadlines are May 1, Aug. 1 or Dec. 1 of the second semester of your junior year.

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Streamline your accounting studies.

Get a jump-start on a master’s degree in accounting by applying to the Combined Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Accounting (BS/MAcc) Pathway. The combined pathway allows highly qualified accounting majors the opportunity to accelerate their coursework by taking up to nine hours of coursework that will double count toward graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

Challenging graduate work equips students with key analytical skills that employers seek. Employment for accountants and auditors is expected to grow faster than the average of other occupations. Professionals earning a graduate degree or securing a CPA license stand to make 5 to 15 percent more in salary than those without these credentials.

  Admission Guidelines

Top FSU undergraduate accounting students can opt for the combined bachelor’s/master’s pathway that allows them to streamline their studies. Students must meet the following criteria: an overall GPA of at least 3.4, an upper-division GPA of at least 3.2 and an upper-division accounting GPA of at least 3.2 based on at least four upper-division accounting courses.

Interested eligible students apply for the combined pathway by the end of the second semester of their junior year. Admitted students are then able to register for graduate courses the final semester of their senior year.

Students admitted will still be required to apply separately to the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program. Students should do this during the first semester of their senior year.

While students entering the combined pathway are typically on track for admission to the MAcc program, students still must meet MAcc application requirements. Visit the MAcc degree page to learn more about what application materials will be needed, including recommendations, personal statements and requirements for an acceptable GMAT score or information on how to qualify for a GMAT waiver.

  Combined Curriculum

Students in the Combined BS/MAcc Pathway can take up to nine hours of graduate work that will double count for their graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Combined pathway students must average a 3.0 GPA or higher in the three double-counted courses in order for their work to count toward the MAcc degree.

The graduate classes are more advanced than the undergraduate classes that they are replacing and will provide additional information needed to meet the standard skills and knowledge required by the university and expected by employers hiring master’s graduates.

Students in the Combined BS/MAcc Pathway can substitute the following graduate courses for three undergraduate courses:

ACG 5216 Advanced Accounting
Combined program substitution for ACG 4201 Financial Accounting and Reporting III 

Prerequisite: ACG 3111. This course provides an in-depth study of financial reporting and accounting principles related to investments, business combinations, consolidated enterprises, and foreign operations and the statement of cash flows.

BUL 5335 Law for Accountancy
Combined program substitution for BUL 3351 U.C.C. and Law for Accountancy
This course exposes students to the basic concepts of law as applied to the accounting profession. The focus is on the application and analysis of legal and ethical principles.

TAX 5015 Federal Income Tax Accounting II
Combined program substitution for TAX 4011 Federal Tax Accounting II

Prerequisite: TAX 4001. This course explores concepts and methods of determining income of corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts for tax purposes as well as interpretation of Internal Revenue Code, related regulations, and tax advisory services.

For information on how the combined pathway’s accelerated studies will shorten MAcc curriculum requirements, visit the MAcc page.

Combined pathway students not accepted into the MAcc program may not continue with the combined pathway.

Please note: Program requirements are subject to change.

  Program Costs

The combined pathway double counts up to nine credit hours in the undergraduate accounting major and the MAcc program, streamlining the workload. Eligible students may benefit by applying remaining undergraduate Bright Futures award toward a portion of the nine credit hours of graduate coursework tuition and fees that are being counted toward both degrees.

For program costs for the 2018-2019 academic year and a breakdown of on-campus student fees and their explanations, visit the university’s Tuition Rates page.

Read more about the college’s financial assistance options for undergraduate and graduate students.

You may also visit Florida State's financial aid website for more information on types of financial aid.

For more information, contact Holly SudanoBS/MAcc Pathway Director, or complete our online form to receive information by email. To learn more about the Combined BS/MAcc Pathway, download the brochure.  

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