MS in Accounting and Business Analytics

Public accounting and corporate accounting positions increasingly demand strong analytical skills from auditors and analysts and expect them to be well positioned for new work emerging from the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). Organizations today are meeting these new challenges by relying on the Internet of Things, Robotic Process Automation, and other smart technologies, and data-savvy business professionals are in demand.

Differentiate yourself with a STEM-designated Master of Science in Accounting and Business Analytics (MAcc + BA) that will prepare you to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam while gaining technical skills in multivariate data analysis, data programming, data mining, and database management.

The program covers the content areas of the exam and satisfies the 150 credit-hour requirement in Pennsylvania and many other U.S. states to become a CPA.

Once you're admitted to the MAcc + BA program, your previous academic coursework will be reviewed to determine whether you'll need two or three terms to complete the program. You may be required to complete additional prerequisite courses or be eligible to waive courses. This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 33 credits.

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The Katz MAcc + BA program requires at least two terms of study to complete minimum 33 credits. If you start the program in August, you may complete it within nine months for April graduation. If you start the program in January, you may complete it within 12 months for December graduation.

Full-time tuition (fall and spring) for the MAcc + BA program covers up to 15 credits per term. Students may take a total of 18 credits per term by paying per credit over 15 credits. In the summer term, these students may take coursework part time or complete an industry internship for credit. Upon graduating, you’ll be prepared to pass the CPA exam, and you will have satisfied the 150 credit-hour requirement required by most U.S. states to qualify for CPA certification.


If you have not previously studied accounting, or if your prior accounting studies were not based on the U.S. system of accounting (U.S. GAAP), you will need to complete prerequisite coursework with a grade of B or better as part of the Katz MAcc + BA program.

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting I & II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Individual Tax Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Decision Technologies

Prerequisite courses do not count toward the 33-credit requirement to complete the master’s degree. The need to complete prerequisite coursework will add at least one additional term of study.  The tuition rate for the additional term will be billed the same rate as the MAcc + BA program. Students can take both prerequisite courses and MAcc + BA coursework in the same term.


Accounting Core Courses (15 credits)

You must complete the following eight required core courses with a minimum grade of C or better.

Course Credits
BACC 2251 Forensic Accounting 3
BACC 2252 Corporate Tax Accounting and Planning 3
BACC 2254 Advanced Financial Accounting 3
BACC 2258 Strategic Cost Management 3
BACC 2525 Financial Statement Analysis 3
BSEO 2315 Business Law 3
BACC 2558 Not for Profit and Governmental Accounting 3
BACC 2559 Individual Tax Accounting and Planning 3

Business Analytics Core (16.5 credits)

You must complete seven business analytics-related courses. Minimum grade is noted for BQOM 2401.

Course Credits
BACC 2523 Accounting Data Analytics 3
BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis (minimum grade required B+ or better) 3
BQOM 2557 Multivariate Data Analysis I 3
BQOM 2578 Data Mining 3
BMIS 2588 Database Management 3
Data Programming course (BMIS 2542 Python or BMIS 2526 R) 3

Electives (minimum 1.5 credits)

You may choose an internship for credit experience, other accounting or business analytics elective, or an experience-based-learning course. 

Download the Curriculum Plan here for more details and a sample schedule.

To talk with an academic advisor about the curriculum and your specific situation, email


See the Master of Science in Accounting page to apply and for more information about admission requirements, international applicant requirements, and deadlines.

GMAT/GRE Requirement

The GMAT/GRE requirement for admission to the MS in Accounting program is waived for current accounting undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh branch campuses and College of Business Administration who have completed at least 90 credits and possess a cumulative and major GPA of 3.25 or better. All other applicants must complete the GMAT or GRE exams. 

Contact Us

For all admissions inquiries, please email or call 412-648-1700.

Faculty Director

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