Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation – Financial/Assurance and Taxation Tracks
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Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation – Financial/Assurance and Taxation Tracks

The MSAT program is designed for students who seek to develop or advance a career in professional accounting or taxation in industry, public accounting, government, or not-for-profit organizations. The program of study meets the needs of students with undergraduate degrees in accounting who wish a fifth year of study to meet CPA licensing requirements, as well as those students with non-accounting or nonbusiness undergraduate degrees. Both tracks are currently offered 100% online. The MSAT program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The length of time to complete the program can be as little as seven months and up to five years. Students may adjust their schedule based on their needs, however, students are generally expected to complete the degree within five years of starting the program. Many of our part-time students take all or a portion of the Spring semester off due to tax season and are still able to complete the program in a little over two years.

MSAT prerequisites

Applicants must produce evidence of successful completion of two semesters of introductory accounting. Applicants without the introductory accounting courses will be required to take AC 210 and 211 or MSM 630. In addition to the introductory accounting requirements, applicants must present evidence of the completion of the following basic accounting core courses that are traditionally taught as part of an undergraduate accounting major or equivalent:

  • AC 320-321-322 Financial Reporting Theory I-II-III
  • AC 332 Cost Management
  • AC 425 Federal Income Tax Concepts
  • AC 430 Auditing Concepts and Problems

Students without the prerequisites will complete the courses as part of the program. Undergraduate courses must be taken at an institution that grants a baccalaureate degree in accounting and is regionally accredited. Undergraduate courses will be billed at undergraduate rates.


The MSAT program offers two tracks. The first track is designed for those students who are interested in careers in financial and assurance services. The courses in this track contain information that is of particular interest to the public financial reporting and assurance services functions. The taxation track is designed for students who are interested in careers in taxation both within public accounting and in industry.

Each track contains three common classes, four track specific classes, and three electives. Your electives can be used to take electives in your track, classes from the other track, or courses in other disciplines like finance, management, or data analytics.

Common Accounting Courses

Course NumberRequired CourseCredit
AC 560Taxation of Business Organizations3
BL 530Business Law3
AC 725Ethics for Accounting Professionals3

Financial and Assurance Services Track

Course NumberRequired CourseCredit
AC 715Financial Reporting and Analysis3
AC 720Advanced Auditing3
AC 748Accounting Control Systems3
AC 749Seminar in Contemporary Accounting3
Electives: 3 Accounting or Business Electives (9 credits)

Taxation Track

Course NumberRequired CourseCredit
AC 774Advanced Taxation of Pass-through Entities3
AC 776Advanced Corporate Taxation3
AC 783Research in Taxation3
AC 789Seminar in Taxation3
Electives: 3 Accounting or Business Electives (9 credits)

Application requirements:

  • An on-line application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 for domestic applicants
  • Official transcripts for all collegiate level coursework
  • A letter of intent as specified in the application form
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Official results of the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) forwarded to the University of Hartford using school code XBB-NR -73.

International students have the following additional requirements:

  • Please contact the program director before applying to check on campus course availability. Currently most classes run online.
  • Transcript evaluation as prepared by World Education Services WE S ( The evaluation should at a minimum indicate that the student has completed the equivalent of a four-year bachelors degree at U.S. regionally accredited institution. The $50 application fee is waived to defray the cost of the evaluation.
  • Official TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores forwarded to the University of Hartford using school code 3436. Applicants who take the TOEFL iBT are required to attain an overall score of 85, while scoring at least 20 in each of the four parts. Applicants who take the IEL TS are required to attain an overall score of 7.0, while scoring at least 6.5 in each of the four sections
  • Guarantor’s Statement. The cost to study for one year (2 semesters) within the University of Hartford’s MSAT Program is $27,770. This figure does include an estimate for living expenses. As part of the application, an international student MUST prove that he/she has this amount of money through a bank statement. This statement is also used to issue the student an I-20 form.
  • GMAT score – the target score is 500 or higher.

GMAT Waiver (for Domestic Applicants)

GMAT waivers are available for domestic applicants who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Passed the CPA, CMA, or state Bar Exam
  • Hold a master’s degree or higher in any discipline from an appropriately accredited institution
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from an AACSB school achieving at least a 3.3 GPA overall and in their major.
  • Hold an accounting certificate from the Barney School of Business achieving at least a 3.3 GPA overall.
  • Experienced-based GMAT waivers are granted only in exceptional cases to domestic applicants with 5 – 7 years of U.S. based financial analytical experience above the entry level.  The experience-based waiver request will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

For more information regarding the MSAT program, please contact Kristin Ingram, CPA, MSAT, program director, at or 860.768.4577.

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