MS in Accounting // Requirements

Accelerate Your Accounting Career


The Master of Science in Accounting Program is a full-time, 30-credit master’s degree* you can complete in 9-12 months—or two terms of study—provided you have completed the prerequisite requirements listed below. Begin your studies in August and graduate in April or January and graduate in December, while using the summer to take courses or complete an industry internship. Gain the advanced accounting skills you need for success in public accounting, corporate accounting, business management careers, or further academic studies.

Upon graduating, you’ll be prepared to pass the CPA exam, and you will have satisfied the 150 credit-hour requirement required by most U.S. states to qualify for CPA certification.


If you haven’t previously studied accounting, or if your prior accounting studies were not based on the U.S. system of accounting (U.S. GAAP), you will need to complete up to 18 credits of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting I & II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing

Prerequisite courses do not count toward the 30-credit requirement* to complete the MS in Accounting degree. Prerequisite coursework will add at least one additional term of study. The tuition rate for the additional term will be billed the same rate as the MS in Accounting program. You can take both prerequisite courses and MS in Accounting courses in the same term.

GMAT/GRE Requirement

The GMAT/GRE requirement for admission to the MS in Accounting program is waived for current accounting undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh branch campuses and College of Business Administration who have completed at least 90 credits and possess a cumulative and major GPA of 3.25 or better. All other applicants must complete the GMAT or GRE exams. 


*The MS in Accounting and Business Analytics requires 33 credits.