Frequently Asked Questions
No. You need a baccalaureate degree that included intermediate accounting, tax, cost accounting, and audit. These are normal for accounting degrees or double majors, but they are unusual in other degrees.
Maybe. We presume you started with 18 or more undergraduate accounting credit hours in which case the MSA will complete your education requirements for the CPA exam. The TSBPA requires that 15 of your 30 upper-division accounting hours occur in face-to-face classes. The MSA is not face-to-face, so if your other upper-level courses are online, the MSA will not qualify you to sit for the exam.
Yes. The program is designed to allow you to proceed at your own pace with few trips to campus.
Our faculty are academically and professionally qualified for graduate education. All have practical experience in their specialty gained through years of public and private accounting work.
No, neither exam is required.
Students attend a three-hour residency at the beginning and end of each term for each course. These are coordinated so that the beginning of one course is on the same day as the end of the previous course. A part-time student is on campus three times per semester on Friday or Saturday.
The online-only programs have historically lower success rates for reasons not fully understood, but we speculate from conversations with students that the lack of camaraderie and shared experience plays a role. By coming together, students will meet colleagues and build community. Additionally, the final residency for each course will most likely be an exam. Through the on-campus setting with strive to simulate the CPA and CMA exams to prepare students to pass important certification exams which cannot be done well online.
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