Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to questions that many prospective applicants have asked about the MS in Accounting program. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The application deadline is April 1. The admission committee may consider applications received after the deadline for admission in either the current or in a future semester. The program invites applications throughout the year and will notify you when various application documents arrive. For completed applications received after March 31, it sends admission decisions on July 1. Please review the application instructions on the Admissions Materials page for more details.

The program is designed to be completed in four semesters with a cohort group. Students enter in the fall semester, and take three courses in each of the fall, spring and late spring semesters along with a capstone course in early summer. All courses must be taken in the order outlined in the program brochure, therefore, the program may not be extended.

Since an undergraduate degree in accounting, or similar degree, is required for admission to the MS in accounting program, credits earned for an undergraduate accounting degree do not transfer. 

You must petition in advance to be excused from a Saturday session. The MS Director and Graduate Admission Director, in consultation with other Accounting faculty, will decide if an excuse is warranted; otherwise you must withdraw from the program. Usually, work-schedule conflicts are not an acceptable excuse. Attendance is important because missing a Saturday session normally equivalent to missing 25% of the formal class time with the faculty. 

No independent study opportunities are available as part of this program. 

The program does not have a specific minimum grade point average requirement for admission. Prior grades are one of many factors considered in admission decisions. 

VII. Degree Requirements

The program is designed for students with business related undergraduate degrees. In order to earn an MS in Accounting degree from Sacred Heart University John F. Welch College of Business:

  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in Accounting are required to complete 30 credits for the program.  Students enrolled in the five year program are required to achieve an overall “B” average in all accounting courses and an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or better to remain in the program.
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in other business areas with 6 accounting credits (Financial Accounting – 3 credits and Managerial Accounting- 3 credits), must take four accounting courses (two intermediate accounting courses – six credits, auditing- 3 credits, advanced accounting – 3 credits) as prerequisites for the program.  Students under this category are also required to have an overall G.P.A of 3.0 or better to be admitted to the program.
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than accounting or other business area are required to complete 15 credits of accounting and 15 credits of business prerequisites before an application to the MSA program will be considered. Deficiencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director. Students under this category are also required to have an overall G.P.A of 3.0 or better to be admitted to the program. 

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