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M.S.A. Requirements

Below are the curriculum and graduation requirements for the M.S.A. program at Wayne State University's Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Contact an advisor if you have questions or need more information.

Curriculum requirements

The M.S.A. program consists of four course categories: foundation, core, elective and capstone. 

Foundation courses

M.S.A students should possess an undergraduate degree in business or accounting, with a solid foundation in financial accounting. Foundation courses are assigned based on an evaluation of your transcripts and may be waived if equivalent courses have been completed with a course grade of 2.0 or above and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. 

Students who don't satisfy the foundation requirements must take the following foundation courses (three credits each) before beginning core course work. 

NOTE: Foundation courses are required for background knowledge, but credits are not counted toward the M.S.A. degree.

Core courses

The M.S.A. core comprises 21 semester hours, which must include each of the seven courses listed below. If equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses have been completed within the preceding three years with a GPA of 3.0 or above, an advanced course in accounting may be substituted for the core. Any core courses needing substitution should be replaced by another 7000-level ACC course.

Core courses may require additional business prerequisites. 

Elective courses

M.S.A. electives consist of two courses, or six semester hours, selected from the Ilitch School’s Department of Accounting courses at the 7000 level or higher, providing the opportunity to tailor the M.S.A. program to your specific interests and career goals. These courses may not include ACC 7100 or those already counted as foundation, core or capstone courses. 

M.S.A. electives include: 


All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. 

With the approval of the M.S.A. Committee, students can choose electives from other business disciplines. Contact the accounting department chair for more information.

Capstone course

The capstone course is culmination of the M.S.A. program. This course builds on the knowledge gained throughout the program and is taken in the final 12 credit hours of the program.

Graduation requirements

The M.S.A. program requires a total of 30 credit hours (21 core, 6 elective, 3 capstone), in addition to any necessary foundation requirements.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater is required for graduation.

The program does not require a thesis.