Accounting Accelerated B.S./M.S.

Earn both your bachelor's and master's degrees in less time and gain the 150 credits required for CPA licensing at a more rapid pace.

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Why pursue the Accounting Accelerated B.S./M.S?

  • Get both degrees in less time in a seamless process while earning the 150 credits required to sit for the exam to become a CPA in Maryland and many other states
  • Learn advanced skills beyond accounting in applied information technology, finance and other relevant areas to advance your career at a more rapid pace
  • Courses offered in-person and online

Career Outlook

You’ll graduate with the skills you need to be successful as a:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Corporate Controller
  • Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant/Auditor
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Financial Analyst
  • Information Technology Accountant

How the Program Works

Complete your B.S. in Accounting while working towards a M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services.

In place of the free elective and two accounting electives for the undergraduate accounting program requirements, take any three of the following required courses in the master’s program:

  • ACCT 630 Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 680 Taxation of Entities
  • ACCT 720 Design of Managerial Cost and Control Systems
  • ACCT 740 Advanced Topics in Assurance Systems
  • ACCT 752 Advanced Topics in Accounting Systems
  • ACCT 780 Sustainability Accounting

These three courses (9 units) count toward both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

A bachelor’s degree is awarded after all of the undergraduate requirements are met.

The units and GPA for graduate courses taken as part of the accelerated program will count toward the undergraduate degree. Only the course units (not the GPA) for these graduate courses will be applied toward the graduate degree.

Admission Process

Students can apply for the accelerated program after they've been admitted to the accounting major. During their final semester, students complete a graduate application with the University Admissions Office. See the University Catalog for admission requirements.

Complete the application for the Accounting Accelerared B.S./M.S. (.docx).

Application

Sample Schedule for Full-time Students

Undergraduate Senior Year

REquirement Units Course options/title
ACCT Required Core Course (in place of Free Elective 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
ACCT Required Core Course (in place of Accounting Elective #1) 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
ACCT Required Core Course (in place of Accounting Elective #2) 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752

Graduate term 1

Requirement Units COURSE OPTIONS/TITLE
ACCT Required Core Course* 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
ACCT Required Core Course* 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
FIN 605** 1.5 Financial Management**
FIN 625** 1.5 Corporate Finance**

Graduate Elective #1
3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)

Graduate Term 2

REquirement Units Course Options/Title
Graduate Elective #2 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)
Graduate Elective #3 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)
Graduate Elective #4 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)
Graduate Elective #5 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)

*May be taken only when offered at Towson University

Sample Schedule for Part-time Students 

Courses taken during final undergraduate year

Requirement Units COURSE OPTIONS/TITLE
ACCT Required Core Course* (in lieu of Free Elective) 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
ACCT Required Core Course* (in lieu of Accounting Elective #1) 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
ACCT Required Core Course* (in lieu of Accounting Elective #2) 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752

Graduate Term 1

Requirement Units COURSE OPTIONS/TITLE
ACCT Required Core Course* 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
FIN 605 1.5 Financial Management
FIN 625 1.5 Corporate Finance

Graduate Term 2

REquiRement Units COURSE OPTIONS/TITLE
ACCT Required Core Course* 3 Choose from ACCT 630, ACCT 680, ACCT 720, ACCT 740 or ACCT 752
Graduate Elective #1 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)

Graduate Term 3

Requirement Units COURSE OPTIONS/TITLE
Graduate Elective #2 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)
Graduate Elective #3 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)

Graduate Term 4

REquirement Units COURSE OPTIONS/TITLE
Graduate Elective #4 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)
Graduate Elective #5 3 Choose from courses in accounting, Business Analytics and Technology Management (EBTM), finance, information technology or management information systems (see catalog)

*May be taken only when offered at Towson University