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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.


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.


The accounting master’s degree program requires 33 or 34 credit hours depending on a selected option. Students may select one of three options: financial reporting and auditing, data analytics and systems, or corporate finance.


Research and Faculty

Dr. Angela Spencer has been honored with the Ken and Leitner Greiner Excellence in Teaching Award for graduate instruction and the Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award.

Dr. Sandeep Nabar was selected to be a Heidebrecht MBA Faculty Fellow.

Meet our Departmental Faculty



Admissions are decided on a holistic approach with successful candidates meeting 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.
  • a GMAT score of 550. 
GMAT waivers are available for an overall GPA of 3.5 and upper-division accounting GPA of 3.5.
  • 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

Admission interviews may be conducted as necessary.
 Applicants must submit a completed Graduate College application, resume, letter of recommendation and a personal statement. 
All program students begin coursework in the summer.
 The priority application deadline is Jan. 31. The final application deadline is March 15.


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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