Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Master of Science in Accounting

The MSA is designed to be a 30-hour, online program that can be completed in one year, starting in the fall semester and ending after the summer session. Online courses are delivered in two seven-week sessions within the fall and spring semesters and one session in the summer. Students may proceed through the program at their own pace.

SPSU Accreditation Information
SPSU and the Business Administration program are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


Admission to the MSA program is open to persons holding a bachelor or higher degree from an accredited college and who meet the following admission criteria:

Admission Criteria

An undergraduate degree in accounting with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0. Special consideration will be given to applicants with GPAs below 2.75 who have obtained the CPA or CMA designations and/or who have substantial relevant experience.

An undergraduate degree in any field with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0; at least 24 hours in general business courses; and completion of the following six courses (or equivalent) with a minimum passing grade of "B":

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting/Management
  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Principles of Accounting II

Those with a CPA and/or 5 years of experience in the accounting field will receive special consideration.

Provisional admission will be given to students who do not have all of the six required transitional accounting courses listed under number 2 above. These six courses are offered as transition courses. Students who earn a B average in the transitional courses will be fully admitted into the program; otherwise a student will be placed on probation or dismissed from the program.

International Student Admission Requirements:

All of the above requirements

Official TOEFL scores (if English is not your native language) 213 computer based score or 79 Internet based score or IELTS score of 6.5.

International students are required to submit an International Student Affidavit of Financial Support

SPSU reserves the right to request a transcript evaluation from a credible evaluation agency. SPSU approved agencies:

  • WES
  • Silny & Associates
  • Education Credential Evaluators

These requirements are subject to change. For current requirements go to:

Admission Procedure

An applicant may begin the MSA program in August, October, January, or March. Once an application packet is complete and submitted, an admission decision will be issued from the Graduate Admissions Office within 10 business days. All applications must be made online through the SPSU Graduate Admissions Office. To apply, please go to:

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

Graduate Admission

Southern Polytechnic State University

1100 South Marietta Parkway

Marietta, GA 30060-2896

A complete application packet includes:

• An application for admission to a graduate program

• An official transcript from each college previously attended

• Three letters of recommendation from faculty, work supervisors, clients,
or professional colleagues (submitted by mail or online)

• A description of relevant work experience, if applicable

• A Statement of Purpose, describing professional career goals and how
completion of the graduate program will help achieve them

For additional information please visit the SPSU Graduate Programs Admission page at

Admission Deadlines

Following are the dates by which your application must be complete for admission during the sessions offered in the fall and spring semesters for academic year 2009-2010.

Fall Session 1 July 1

Fall Session 2 October 1

Spring Session 1 November 1

Spring Session 2 March 1

Summer Session April 1

The SPSU per hour cost for online courses is $295 per credit hour for both Georgia residents and for non-resident students. There is a $75 tech fee per semester. (Fees are established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and are subject to change without notice, though SPSU will make every effort to communicate changes to students as they occur.) Fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents. For current information, please go to: