Gatton College of Business & Economics

Accounting - Graduate

30

credit hours

94

percent passage

of CPA exam

20

faculty members

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Prof. John Smigla

Director of Graduate Studies (Master's Program)

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Dr. Brian Bratten

Director of Graduate Studies (Doctoral Program)

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Gatton College of Business & Economics

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  • MS
  • Ph.D

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. Our placement rate by the semester of graduation for the Class of 2019 is 95% and our average pass rates for each section of the CPA exam over the past five years have been in the 90 percentile range. A PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting is also available form the University of Kentucky's Gatton college of Business and Economics.

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

  1. Personal Statement 
    • 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
  2. Official TOEFL score if applicable (The TOEFL Institution Code for the UK Graduate School is 1837)
  3. Official Transcripts (UK students do not need to submit official transcripts)
  4. Three letters of recommendation (non-UK students only)
    • ​Please click on this link to download the reference form and have your recommenders send the evaluation form directly to the MSACC Director.

The GRE/GMAT is not required for UK students in this master's program.

 

Application Deadlines
  • ​International Applicants: March 11
  • Domestic Applicants: July 22
    • ​Domestic students who are applying for partial academic scholarship/stipends must have their applications submitted by Friday, April 1.

 


PhD Program

To be considered for the PhD in Business Administration Concentration in Accounting, the applicant must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and Gatton College of Business and Economics. Click Here for more information.


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Prof. John Smigla

Director of Graduate Studies (Master's Program)

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Dr. Brian Bratten

Director of Graduate Studies (Doctoral Program)

Gatton College of Business & Economics

Gatton College of Business & Economics