Joint Degree Program

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Joint Degree Program Overview

The fully online MBA/MSA degree provides you with a deep knowledge in business and accounting. The program is geared to professionals who want to hold senior finance or accounting leadership positions that require a combination of full-range business know-how plus strong leadership and management capabilities along with mastery of the fast-shifting and technologically intensifying field of accounting. It also gives you the technical accounting knowledge to be prepared for the Uniform CPA exam.

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“I love this program and I am very happy to be part of it. Great professors and excellent business networking opportunities. Highly recommended.”
Jennifer Johnson, Instructor of Accountancy, '17 cohort

Program Details

This fully online joint MBA/MSA degree provides students both a well-rounded business education and the accounting knowledge needed to prepare for the Uniform CPA exam. Students will build and master skills in the following areas: technical accounting, business management, data analytics, finance, leadership, marketing, and strategy. The joint degree delivers a high-quality program that is accessible to a global audience. By earning both degrees simultaneously you can minimize time and cost.

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Depending on elective course choices the total cost of the program ranges between US $38,384 and $45,184.
Students only need to submit one joint degree application.

  • We are now accepting applications for the January 2020 start date
  • Application Deadlines:
    • October 18
    • December 6
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Academic Achievement

Admission to the joint degree program requires a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or the international equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. If you earned your degree(s) from outside the United States, refer to the graduate college page for academic requirements by country.

The recommended undergraduate GPA is 3.0 (A = 4.0), or the U.S. equivalent, from the final two years of undergraduate study.

If you have completed an iMBA or iMSA for-credit course or specialization, we will consider your performance in these courses as a criteria for admission to ascertain academic preparedness. Please note: A good performance does NOT guarantee you admission to the program.

Professional Experience

New joint degree students who enter the joint degree through the iMBA program as their primary program are expected to have at least three or more years of rich, valuable operational or managerial experience. This is an especially critical component of the admissions decision because the knowledge and skills developed from professional experience enhance the academic experience for all students and faculty.

There is no professional experience requirement for new joint degree students who enter the joint degree through the iMSA as their primary program.

Course Prerequisites

New joint degree students who enter the joint degree through the iMSA program as their primary program must have completed a one or two course sequence in principles of accounting or a course in financial accounting. We also expect applicants to have completed a course in business management. The business course prerequisite is often waived for students with 3 or more years of work experience in related subjects. For all prerequisite requirements, college course credit or a certificate of completion from a known online course provider is accepted.

There are no prerequisite course requirements for students entering the joint degree through the iMBA program as their primary program. After completing ACCY 500 and one of the following core courses in the iMBA program, they will meet the iMSA prerequisite requirements. BADM 509, BADM 544, BADM 572, FIN 580, ECON 528 and ECON 529.

Test Scores

GMAT or GRE scores are required if you select the iMSA as your primary program in the joint degree application, but may be waived if you have at least three years of relevant, full-time professional experience, with demonstrated career progression or a graduate degree from an accredited institution. To apply for a waiver please submit this form.

Submitting a GMAT or GRE score is highly recommended to bolster your application but is not required if you select the iMBA as your primary program in the joint degree application.

English Proficiency Requirement

All applicants whose native language is not English must take the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Find more information on the university English proficiency requirement. Some domestic applicants are also required to take the TOEFL or IELTS if they completed their post-secondary education in a country where English is not the primary language.

You may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if you meet one of the criteria listed on the graduate college page.

“At the beginning of the journey, I had a difficult time deciding between the iMSA and iMBA programs. Now I don’t have to!”
Nicole Larry, Tax Manager, '19 cohort

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The joint degree requires 92 credit hours divided between iMBA and iMSA courses, 60 for iMBA and 32 for iMSA. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in order to remain in good standing. You must complete your program in 5 years or less from your first admission term. The joint degree program is designed to take 4 – 5 years to complete.

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  • You must complete 60 credit hours in the program
  • You must complete 5 Specializations (4 Core Specializations and 1 Focus Area Specialization)
  • You must complete 2 Specialization Capstones from any of the 5 Specializations you pursue
  • All courses in a specialization must be successfully completed to be eligible for the Specialization Capstone
  • You must complete the Program Capstone at the end of your last semester in the program. You are not eligible for the Program Capstone until you have completed 60 credit hours or are concurrently enrolled in your final courses that will bring you to 60 credit hours after completion. No exceptions will be made.
  • You must complete 32 credit hours in the program
  • You must complete 20 credit hours in accountancy core courses
  • You must complete 12 credit hours in graduate elective courses. At least 4 credit hours must be in a non-accounting graduate courses