MS in Accounting and Business Analytics (STEM)

Differentiate yourself with a STEM-designated program that prepares students to pass the CPA while gaining technical skills in multivariate data analysis, data programming, data mining, and database management. In addition, the program prepares students to pass the CPA Exam, both by covering the content areas of the exam and by satisfying the 150 credit-hour requirement of Pennsylvania and many other U.S. states.

Public accounting and corporate accounting career paths increasingly demand professionals with both accounting knowledge and applied analytical skills.

Upon formal admission to the Master of Science in Accounting + Business Analytics program, previous academic coursework will be reviewed to determine the appropriate length of the MAcc + BA program (three terms or four terms). Depending on previous coursework, students may be required to complete additional prerequisite courses, or may be eligible to waive courses. This program requires successful completion of a minimum 43.5 credits. For a transcript evaluation, please contact

Prerequisite Courses

Before taking certain courses in the program, students must have completed the 18 credits of prerequisite courses listed below at the undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of B or better:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting I
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing

Students who have not completed some or all of the prerequisite coursework can do so while enrolled in the program. However, credits earned for these courses do not count toward the 30 graduate credits required for the degree. Completing prerequisite coursework while in the program will lengthen a student’s program.

Students who have successfully completed any of the core courses from a U.S. institution can waive the requirement, and select other elective courses to complete the 30 graduate credits required in the program. Students can choose electives from the accounting area, or from the MBA course catalog.

Basic Requirements

Questions regarding the application process can be e-mailed to

The GMAT/GRE exam is waived for currently enrolled Accounting undergraduate students at University of Pittsburgh branch campuses and the College of Business Administration (CBA) who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 as well as a major GPA of 3.25. Accounting undergraduates must also have completed at least 90 credits before requesting a GMAT waiver. All other applicants must complete the GMAT or GRE exams.


To view admissions information and start your application, click here.

View a sample schedule for the MAcc + BA program.

Faculty Director

Karen Shastri
Clinical Associate Professor of Business Administration
Director of the Masters of Science in Accounting Program