Earn your bachelor’s and master’s in accounting at the same time.

With Lerner’s accelerated program, you can complete both a bachelor’s degree in accounting (B.S.) and a master’s degree in accounting (M.S.) within 5 years.

Program Highlights

The program allows you to combine graduate and undergraduate classes, making scheduling more efficient. Some graduate credits can also be used to satisfy electives required for the undergraduate degree. The M.S. provides additional preparation for careers in public accounting, industry, and government and establishes a foundation for further study at the Ph.D. level in preparation for an academic career.

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Program Requirements

All courses 3 credits unless stated otherwise.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

Freshman Year
First semester
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 221 – Calculus I
Creative Arts and Humanities breadth course
History and Cultural Change breadth course
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business

Second semester
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
MATH 230 – Finite Math with Applications
Creative Arts and Humanities or History and Cultural Change breadth course
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)

Sophomore Year
First semester
MISY 160 – Business Computing
MATH 201 – Statistics I
ECON 308 – Banking and Monetary Policy
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
Social and Behavioral Sciences breadth course

Second semester
ACCT 315 – Intermediate Accounting I
MATH 202 – Statistics II
ACCT 327 – Cost Accounting
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance

Junior Year
First semester
ACCT 316 – Intermediate Accounting II
Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology breadth course
ACCT 302 – Accounting Info Systems
BUAD 301 – Intro to Marketing
Creative Arts and Humanities or History and Cultural Change breadth course

Second semester
ACCT 350 – Business Law I
BUAD 306 – Service & Operations Management
ACCT 413 – Income Tax Accounting
ACCT, FINC or MISY Elective
BUAD 309 Organizational Behavior

Senior Year
First semester
ACCT 351 – Business Law II
ACCT 415 – Advanced Accounting
Communication requirement
Free elective
ACCT 417 – Auditing

Second semester
ACCT 414 – Advanced Federal Taxation
ACCT, FINC or MISY Graduate elective
ACCT 425 – Strategic Information Systems and Accounting
Free elective
Free elective

Additional Requirements for the M.S. Degree: 24 credits

Required Courses
ACCT 810 – Theory of External Reporting
ACCT 820 – Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 883 – International Accounting
BUAD 840 – Ethical Issues in Domestic & Global Business Environments
Electives: choose 4
ACCT 806 – Systems Analysis, Design and Implementation
ACCT 811 – Advanced Management Accounting
ACCT 817 – IT Auditing
ACCT 840 – Contemporary Issues in Accounting
BUAD 843 – Special Topics in Global Business (study-abroad)
FINC 851 – Corporate Financial Analysis
FINC 852 – Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINC 853 – International Financial Management
FINC 856 – Financial Engineering and Risk Management
FINC 858 – Corporate Governance
BUAD 831 – Operations Management and Management Science or other BUAD classes with approval from advisor
MISY 830 – Business Intelligence and Analytics
MISY 840 – Project Management and Costing
MISY 850 – Security and Control
MISY 873 – Information Technology and Organizational Effectiveness
Other courses with approval from advisor


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