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Accountancy Online


Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics offers a Master of Science in Accountancy delivered completely online.  The primary role of this program is to prepare students for careers in public accounting as Certified Public Accountants. The program focuses on the audit and attest functions of public accounting.


Contact Information

Trisha Stevens Lamb
(208) 426-5921
Micron Business and Economics
1910 University Dr.,
Boise, ID 83725-1600

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Accountancy, M.S.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in accounting from a regionally accredited university in the United States. Prerequisites include at least 18 semester credits in upper-division accounting topics and at least 15 semester credits in other business topics. See details regarding the accounting and business courses required.
  3. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better.
  4. Submit essay by answering one (1) of the following three questions. Responses should be limited to two double-spaced pages.
    1. Discuss your career goals, both short-term and long-term. How will Boise State University’s MSA program help you achieve these goals?
    2. Discuss two or three situations in the past three years where you have taken a leadership role. How do these events demonstrate your managerial potential?
    3. Please give a brief, candid evaluation of yourself. Include some discussion of your strengths and weaknesses. What do you consider most unique or distinctive about yourself?
  5. Submit current detailed resume highlighting your professional work experience. Do not be concerned with brevity. Please include start and end dates (month and year) for each position held, and indicate full or part time.
  6. Submit a list showing three references (a person who has been your direct supervisor in a professional setting or your professor in an academic setting). Include name, title, phone number, email address, and reason why this person is a reference.
  7. GMAT score 500 OR GRE exam score of at least 152 for both verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections.

Fast-Track Admission Requirements

You do not need to submit a GMAT/GRE score or an essay, if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • Completed required 18 credits of upper-division accounting courses (300, 400, or 500 level) for undergraduate credit at a regionally accredited university in the United States. In addition, you must have a GPA of at least 3.3 (4.0 scale) in all upper-division accounting courses and have an overall GPA of at least 3.3 (4.0 scale).
  • Currently licensed CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Applicants should upload verification of their certification status.
  • Earned an advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution (Masters, Doctorate, etc.) in any discipline.

Application and Materials Deadlines

Fall: July 15
Spring: November 1
Summer Session: April 1