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Prof. John Smigla

Director of Graduate Studies

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Accounting continues to be recognized as one of the world's leading professions. Numerous companies conduct on-campus interviews because our graduates are known for their excellent work ethic, knowledge base, and willingness to contribute. Von Allmen School of Accountancy students are a primary source of talent for all of the international, national, regional, and local CPA firms and corporations. Over 90% of our graduates who sit for all parts of the CPA exam, consistently pass all four parts of the CPA exam in the year of graduation. For the Class of 2015, this percentage was 94%. Also, 95% of our domestic students from this year's Class of 2016 accepted a job offer by the semester they graduated and 100% of our domestic students accepted a job offer within two monts of graduation. 

Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSACC) degree at the University of Kentucky offers students a program of advanced study in accounting. The program provides preparation for professional positions in public accounting, industry, and other organizations. When coupled with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and satisfactory completion of prerequisites of undergraduate courses in accounting, the MSACC allows students to prepare for the CPA exam while they complete their graduate courses which are offered in lock step with the CPA exam. Specifically, the program’s objectives are to:

  • Help students develop communication and technology skills expected in the accounting profession;
  • Enhance the accounting knowledge of students entering the accounting profession;
  • Enable students to develop both leadership skills and teamwork in researching accounting issues;
  • Enhance students’ creative problem-solving skills and ability to think logically and analytically.

Application Requirements - Masters degree

Fall Application Deadline - March 15 for international students, July 20 for domestic students

  • Personal Statement - Essay Requirement:  In approximately 800 to 900 words, discuss the reasons you wish to pursue a MSACC degree at the University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen School of Accountancy.  You must address the following issues in your essay: (1) Why you believe you are prepared academically for graduate study and what have been your academic accomplishments. (2) Your motivation and leadership qualities as well as any previous accounting or business work experience. (3) Your expectations of the MSACC program and what you hope to gain from the graduate coursework. (4) Your short-term and long-term goals and how a MSACC degree will help you complement and achieve these goals. (5) Add any other information you believe may be relevant in evaluating your application. The MSACC Director will also consider your essay responses to determine your qualification for scholarship aid.
  • GMAT 
  • Three letters of recommendation


Admission Officer Contact Information

Vivian Bowling

201A Gillis Building


Prof. John Smigla

Director of Graduate Studies

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Gatton College of Business & Economics

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