Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.)

At the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business, we take the advanced study of accounting seriously. Our Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) program is on trend and quickly growing in size and stature. According to the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the master of accountancy degree has shown a more than 30 percent increase in enrollment since the last survey was taken in 2012.

Our M.S.A. program is highly selective and is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in business or accounting who want to prepare for careers in public accounting. Students pursuing accounting careers in private industry, financial institutions, government, and nonprofit organizations, will benefit from the program as well.

Licensure preparation

By completing the M.S.A. degree at Wayne State, you will meet the 150-hour education requirement for licensure as a CPA in Michigan and will be well prepared to sit for the CPA exam. 

Practical curriculum

Ilitch School accounting faculty members have expertise in auditing, international accounting, business law and ethics, taxation and other areas. They are committed to helping you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to advance your career by sharing their experiences as business professionals, providing real-world context to the academic curriculum.

Three M.S.A. concentrations are available:

Professional Accounting concentration: Intended primarily for students holding bachelor's degrees in business or economics (other than accounting majors) who wish to become "CPA-ready" by meeting the educational requirements in the State of Michigan to sit for the CPA exam and become certified.

Financial Reporting and Auditing concentration: Intended primarily for students who were undergraduate accounting majors and plan to pursue careers in public, corporate, or governmental accounting.

Taxation concentration: Intended primarily for students who were undergraduate accounting majors and plan to pursue careers in taxation. This M.S.A. concentration replaces the Ilitch School's M.S.T. program.


An advantage of pursuing your graduate studies in accounting through the WSU Mike Ilitch School of Business is the flexibility we offer our students. Classes for the M.S.A. program are offered each semester at our state-of-the-art home in the heart of Detroit. Select courses are also offered online, allowing you to complete your studies at a pace that accommodates your schedule. 


If your application is accepted and you enroll in our M.S.A. program, your application fee will be reimbursed. 

Ready to get started?

For further information, contact an advisor or the Department of Accounting chair.