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Master of Accounting Michael J. Coles College of Business Kennesaw State University

  • Kennesaw, GA
  • Public
  • Suburban
  • 51%49%
    student ratio
  • 67
    total students
  • $24,500 | $24,500
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • May 1
    fall application deadline
  • 62%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees offered


A Vibrant Approach to Accounting

The Masters of Accounting Degree (MAcc) at Kennesaw State University (KSU) Coles College of Business offers an accelerated, one-year program leading to a professional accounting degree with a specialization in financial reporting and auditing or taxation. As one of Georgia's largest accounting programs, KSU's institutional resources and alumni network give unparalleled access to accounting careers throughout the southeast. The Accounting and Business degree program in the Coles College of Business are fully accredited by the AACSB International.

The Master of Accounting at Kennesaw State University

Students in the MAcc program each complete a core curriculum consisting of courses in "Advanced Financial Reporting," "Leadership and Professional skills," "MAcc Travel Experience," "Risk Analysis and Control," and "Theory of Business Reporting." Students elect one of two specializations: "Financial Reporting and Auditing" or taxation.

Financial Reporting and Auditing track students take courses in "Corporate Governance," "Forensic Accounting," "Internal Auditing," and a "Seminar in Auditing." Taxation specialists courses includes "Corporate Taxation," "Flow-through Entities," "International Taxation," and a "Seminar in Taxation Research." Overall, students complete 30 credit hours each.

MAcc students receive professional examination preparation for one of the following certification exams: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

All students participate in the Accounting and Public Policy course, which is held in Washington, D.C. This course provides an opportunity to understand the impact politics has on the accounting profession.

More information on applying and on the graduate programs at KSU is available.

Top-ranked Accounting Research

The faculty members at KSU are leaders in the drive to improve practices in the field. A recent survey of accountancy research by Brigham Young University placed KSU's Coles College of Business among the top-20 institutions in the world for audit research. In individual specializations, KSU placed 14th in auditing research and 18th in auditing information research.

At the Cole College of Business Corporate Governance Center, specialists from multiple universities strive to inform directors, researchers and advisers about cutting-edge developments in corporate governance. The center's staff members have been extensively quoted in the media, including recent pieces in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Accounting Today, and Business Finance Magazine.

Topics actively researched at KSU include internal audits, financial controls, board and governance, accounting fraud, internal audits, forensic accounting, enterprise risk management, audit committee weaknesses, taxation, international taxation, and executive compensation.

A Faculty of Leaders

Kennesaw State's faculty members are active leaders in their fields, status that they hold through world-class research. Notables include Sridhar Ramamoorti, President of the Board of Directors of the Information Integrity Coalition, Chairman of the Audit Commission of the National Board, and Chairman of the Academy for Government Accountability. Professor Ramamoorti's research interests include corporate governance, forensic accounting, international auditing, and internal auditing and controls.

Dr. Dana Hermanson is KSU's Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Private Enterprise and Professor of Accounting. He is co-editor of the journals Accounting Horizons and Current Issues in Auditing, a member of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Audit Committees, and recipient of the Deloitte/Wildmon Medal. He has been recognized as the 80th all-time most prolific author (out of over 10,000 authors) in 25 core accounting journals. Professor Hermanson specializes in accounting fraud, board and audit committees, and internal controls.

Dr. Rich Clune retired in 2002 from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as an audit partner. Currently, Dr. Clune serves as the Director of the Internal Audit Center at Kennesaw State University. His work with the center and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) was monumental in Kennesaw State University becoming the first Georgia educational institute to achieve Comprehensive Internal Auditing program level status in the Institute's Internal Auditing Education Partnership.

Dr. Jennifer Schafer is an American Taxation Association Trustee and former Tax Manager with KPMG LLP. Her research interests include taxation and judgment and decision making in accounting.

A Unique Concierge-Style Service

Students in the MAcc at Kennesaw State receive concierge-style service as part of their tuition. They are provided meals, books, parking, and personalized academic as well as career advice and development assistance. The Accounting and Public Policy class and travel are included in the cost of the program.

Ample Financial Aid

The MAcc program at KSU offers numerous scholarships and Graduate Assistant positions. Over 20% of incoming students are awarded some type of financial aid in addition to federal student programs.

A beautiful Campus in the Metro-Atlanta Area

Kennesaw State University lies on 240 beautiful rolling acres in Cobb County, Georgia, about 20 miles north of Atlanta. Among many campus features is the "Spaceship Earth" sculpture, the world's largest quartz sphere. An enrollment of over 20,000 students makes KSU the third largest university in Georgia.

Location & Contact

Master of Accounting

Michael J. Coles College of Business
Kennesaw State University

1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
United States

Dr. Kathyrn Epps


Phone: 770-423-6085

Ms. Calla Pavlidis

Admissions Counselor

Phone: 770-420-4377
Fax: 770-423-6885

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Master of Accountancy (M Acc)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 59
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


62% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied157
    • Accepted98
    • Acceptance Rate62%
    • Enrolled67
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline May 1st May 1stJanuary 15th
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Competitive GMAT & GPA 
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$24,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$24,500
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition for full-time graduate student per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • * Fees for full-time graduate students
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submit byJanuary 15th
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableResearch Assistantships, Graduate Assistantships, Scholarships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students67
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students67
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American18%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown3%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total FacultyNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage-2147483548%
    • Male Percentage-2147483648%




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