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Master's in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting at OSU is a top-ranked program providing students with a sound knowledge of the most advanced theory and practice of accounting that facilitates the acquisition of market-driven specializations. The program employs a cohort approach that begins in the summer and places a particular emphasis on communication skills, creativity, personal responsibility and continuing development of leadership skills.


At OSU, the emphasis of the Master of Accounting program is to develop successful early career accountants. The program strives for this in several ways, including integrating competencies and providing feedback on students' development of those competencies and as professionals. Further, the program focuses on helping students become successful early career accountants through market-driven specializations such as tax, financial reporting and auditing, corporate finance, data analytics and systems and research methods. Utilizing the power of personal, our students receive individualized feedback at the end of the summer and fall semesters. Students who earn their bachelor’s degree in accounting can complete the master's degree in a fifth year, which can lead to CPA examination eligibility.


As of November 1, 2020, the OSU MS Accounting program satisfies the education requirements for the CPA Exam in both the state of Oklahoma and Texas. We acknowledge that requirements in other states may be different. Please note that at this time the OSU MS Accounting program may or may not be able to advise whether our curriculum meets requirements outside of Oklahoma and Texas. Prior to enrolling in the program, please feel welcome to discuss this important topic with the program coordinator. 

CPA Exam pass rates for OSU MS-Accounting
Year First time overall Total overall
2020 76.92% 85.19%
2019 62.5%  
2018 85.7%  
2017 64.3%  
2016 62.5%  
  • *Note*

    NOTE: Data provided annually by The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The most recent data available is from the 2019 exam, as NASBA has ceased publishing the Candidate Performance on the Uniform CPA Examination publication until the new CPA exam and licensure structure transition is completed.

Average CPA Exam Scores for OSU MS Accounting
Exam Scores
FAR 83
AUD 86
BEC 80
REG 82

Research and Faculty

In order to increase their network and interact with other academics, our students are provided support to attend various academic conferences. Each spring, the School of Accounting also hosts a research conference designed to bring in top academics from around the region and across the U.S.


Meet our departmental faculty



Our program utilizes a holistic admissions process with admission preferences, notrequirements. The process considers the following preferences:

  • an undergraduate degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.25 in the required prerequisite ACCT courses.
  • ACCT prerequisite courses and upper division GPA to include the following courses or course equivalents:
    • Foundational Accounting Skills
    • Federal Income Taxation
    • Intermediate Accounting I and II
    • Cost Accounting
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Audit

While an ethics course is not a prerequisite course for the program, it is important to note that some states including Texas, California, Colorado, Illinois and Virginia require the completion of an ethics course to be eligible to sit for the CPA Exam.


Admission interviews may be conducted as necessary. Applicants must submit a completed graduate college application, resume, letter of recommendation and personal statement. All program students begin coursework in May. The international applicant deadline is Jan. 21. The application deadline for domestic candidates is Jan. 21.


For students graduating in or before December 2023, interested in beginning coursework in the Spring of 2024, the application deadline is Dec. 3.


Cost & Assistance

Cost for each program will vary depending on credit-hours taken, scholarship funding, assistantships and financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to calculate eligibility for aid.


Assistantships vary by department. Please contact the program coordinator for information on assistantships and funding opportunities. 




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