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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Students will be invited to attend career fairs, symposia, professional development workshops and other campus events.

Successful completion of the master’s degree requires 30 credit hours of required course work.

As a prerequisite to the course work below, you must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You also must have successfully completed the following foundation courses or their equivalents. To evaluate your transfer credit, visit transfercourses.missouri.edu.

  • ACCTCY 2026/2036/2136H Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACCTCY 2027/2037/2137H Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACCTCY 3326 Intermediate Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACCTCY 3328 Accounting Information Systems (3 credits)
  • ACCTCY 3346 Intermediate Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACCTCY 3347 Cost and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACCTCY 4353 Introduction to Taxation (3 credits)

The chart below shows when courses in the master’s degree are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Required courses (6 credit hours)

ACCTCY 7384 Auditing Theory and Practice IX  
ACCTCY 8450 Accounting and Strategic Business Analysis  X

Accounting electives (15 credit hours)

ACCTCY 7365 Governmental Accounting and Budgeting  X
ACCTCY 7940 Professional Accounting InternshipXXX
ACCTCY 8373 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders X 
ACCTCY 8401 Topics in Accounting   
ACCTCY 8404 Internal Auditing X 
ACCTCY 8419 International Accounting   
ACCTCY 8423 Tax Research and Procedure   
ACCTCY 8424 Fraud Examination   
ACCTCY 8438 Forensic AccountingX  
ACCTCY 8436 Advanced AccountingX  
ACCTCY 8444 Advanced Audit X 

Business/Accounting Electives (9 hours)

Work with your adviser to select courses.   

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 12 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Trulaske College of Business and the School of Accountancy are accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements

    • Fulfill the prerequisite accounting foundation course work listed above.
    • Competitive GRE or GMAT score.
    • Competitive undergraduate GPA.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

    Applicants also may be required to interview with members of the program's advisory board, faculty and/or staff. Work experience may be considered in lieu of some admittance requirements. Additionally, students who are employed or otherwise financially supported by an employer may receive a waiver of some admittance requirements.

  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall July 1 August
    Spring Dec. 1 January
    Summer April 15 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • GMAT scores from a test taken in the past five years.
    • Two letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work (secure three letters if your GPA is below 3.0 or if you are an international student). You are responsible for securing the cooperation of your references. One should be a college or university professor who can discuss your academic abilities. The other should be an administrator or colleague who can describe authoritatively your professional experience and potential. You will supply only the names and contact details of your references; the Graduate School will instruct them on how to upload their letters to your application.
    • Statement of objectives (up to 500 words) explaining your goals in pursuing graduate education in accounting, your plans for future accounting employment, and any other information which may be helpful in our admission decision.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Accountancy-Distance (MAcc)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business