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BA in Accounting and MA in Leadership Joint Program

A BA in Accounting and an MA in Leadership can be earned in this five-year program designed for students who wish to qualify for CPA certification and obtain a master’s degree. By the end of the fifth year and successful completion of all requirements, the student receives both a BA in Accounting and an MA in Leadership and will have fulfilled the 150-hour requirement to qualify for the CPA certification. The MA in Leadership program offers a large number of courses on a Saturday and weeknight schedule. Refer to the MA in Leadership program schedule for the list of courses each year and to the accounting program coordinator for a detailed academic plan. Students should meet with both the MA in Leadership director and an accounting advisor to create an effective plan for successful completion of the five-year program.

General Requirements

Accounting students planning to pursue the five-year degree must apply for admission to the MA in Leadership program at the end of their junior year. The application process includes submission of:

  • Completed application form
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a professor and one from an employer)
  • Personal statement
  • Example of applicant’s writing in an academic paper
  • GPA of at least 3.30
  • Interview with the Director of the MA in Leadership program

Students must also have faculty endorsement from the Accounting program. Students must complete at least one year of accounting work experience (either a job or internship) by the time they graduate from the MA in Leadership program.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.