Master of Science in Accounting

  • Lifelong Support

    At SMU Cox, we take your success personally. From day one through your life as an alum, we help you transform yourself and your career. Count on tailor-made support — from small classes led by top-ranked faculty who take a personal interest in your future, to a hands-on career center and a tight-knit global alumni community that's waiting for you to reach out. We'll open doors to the boardrooms of Dallas, turning this booming city into your testing ground and classroom-at-large. At Cox, you'll earn more than an MSA: You'll build a career path and forge connections that will last a lifetime.

  • Advisory Board to MSA

    SMU Cox is very grateful for the leadership, support and insight provided by its Accounting Alumni and Professional Advisory Board to our MSA Program and undergraduate internship program. This group gives of their time and expertise through interactions with potential and current students and through assistance to faculty both in the classroom and through feedback on curriculum.

    The support of our Advisory Board is one more reason why an SMU Cox MSA assures you of an experience that will prepare you for a career full of opportunities.

    Learn more about the advisory board to MSA

  • Faculty: Learn from the Best

    We don't just teach business — we're immersed in business. When they’re not educating you in applicable knowledge and skills, your professors are consulting for Fortune 500s, publishing books and research, running their own businesses and serving in government. Small class sizes and a calendar full of events where you can mingle informally mean you’ll be able to build one-on-one relationships with the academics and professionals who are invested in your future.

  • Create Your Career Path: The Career Management Center

    As your world expands through Cox, the CMC goes to work for you. The staff's main purpose is to give you the advice and resources you'll need to pursue and build your ideal career — before, during and after your MSA studies. Take advantage of a range of services, including the Associate Board Mentoring Program. Through the Associate Board, Cox’s executive mentoring program, you’ll gain real-world insights and connections in your area of interest.

    MSA Career Management

    Other recent accolades include:

    • One of our Masters in Accounting students has just been selected to serve in The Accounting Researcher Program for Ernst & Young. This program provides a one-year rotation to first year staff who stand out in the crowd. The Researcher Program enables staff to network with partners and senior managers in the firm's Professional Practice — Accounting Department in New York, develop their skills in accounting research and improve their oral and written communication abilities. After the completion of her rotation, she will return to the Dallas office with enhanced knowledge and experience that will benefit engagement teams.
    • The SMU Cox MSA Program is ranked #13 and our undergraduate program is ranked #22 among mid-size schools by Public Accounting Report. This recognition was the result of over 1,700 accounting educator survey responses answering the question "Which programs consistently turn out students capable of someday attaining partner status?"
    • SMU Cox was named by Parade Magazine as one of seven schools on its College A-List for Business and Accounting.
    • SMU Cox is named one of the 15 best business schools nationwide in accounting, as part of The Princeton Review Annual Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools as reported in Entrepreneur magazine.
    • SMU Cox students had the highest CPA Exam pass rate in the state of Texas during the summer 2011 and 2010 testing windows amongst schools with at least 10 students. This reflects the quality of our undergraduate and MSA students as well as our faculty's commitment to their success. We believe that the great strides being taken by the accounting program at SMU Cox are a direct result of our continuing efforts at undergraduate and graduate level to offer leadership and quality of instruction in all phases of our program. SMU Cox is the training ground for future accounting leaders.

    We are excited to see national recognition of our rigorous program as we seek to build both our quality and enrollments. Learn more about why students and recruiters are choosing the SMU Cox MSA Program!

    Learn how the CMC can support your career success

  • Grow as a Leader

    You can't learn leadership from a textbook — you need firsthand experience. That’s why the Cox Business Leadership Center develops your leadership abilities through a variety of programming that will broaden your horizons and hone your skills. The BLC offers you a chance to engage your studies in real-world application and readies you for the road ahead.

    See the full range of BLC programming

  • Highlight: Business Leadership Center Seminars

    This is where industry heavy-hitters bring leadership lessons to life. The BLC offers an average of four seminars every week, with each one developed and led by pros from such companies as Accenture, Dell Services, Walt Disney Company, Texas Instruments and Xerox. From personal branding to conflict management, these practical, hands-on seminars make the connection between the classroom and the boardroom. BLC seminars appear on your Cox MSA transcript — where potential employers can see the extra miles you’ve covered.

    Learn more about the BLC seminars