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Dual MSAT/MBA Degree

Students who wish to earn both the Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation degree (MSAT) and the Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) may apply to be admitted to the Dual MSAT/MBA degree program. Upon completion of all degree requirements, students will be awarded both the MSAT and MBA degrees. This is the perfect program for those without a business undergraduate degree who wish to fulfill the requirements to become a CPA or for those working in a corporate environment who would benefit from having a specialized degree in accounting and an MBA. 

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in accounting or take the equivalent accounting courses. These courses can be taken as part of the degree program or as an  accounting certificate prior to enrolling in the MSAT/MBA. Many students choose to do the accounting certificate first, as it may be used to grant a GMAT waiver into the dual degree program.

All students must pick an accounting concentration, either Financial and Assurance or Taxation. Students may also pick an  MBA concentration.


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

Taxation Track

Course NumberRequired CourseCredit
AC 774Advanced Taxation of Pass-through Entities3
AC 776Advanced Corporate Taxation3
AC 783Research in Taxation3
AC 789Seminar in Taxation3

MBA Courses

Course NumberRequired CourseCredit
QNT 601Managerial Statistics and Analytics3
EC 602Economics for Managers3
AC 603Accounting for Decision Makers3
FIN 604Corporate Financial Strategy & Valuation3
MGT 605Organizational Leadership3
MKT 606Marketing Management3
MGT 607Managing Organizational Processes3
BL 608Business Law, Compliance and Society3
MGT 609Global Strategic Management3

Students will also choose four elective courses (3 credits each). 

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 (www.wes.org). 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 Dual MSAT/MBA program, please contact Kristin L. Ingram, CPA, MSAT at kingram@hartford.edu or (860) 768-4577.