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. This program offers a traditional course format in the evening that can be done at one’s own pace. In addition, many of the required classes are taught on-line. 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 7 months and up to 5 years. Students may adjust their schedule based on their needs, however, students are generally expected to complete the degree within 5 years of starting the program.

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 MBA 612 Accounting Concepts. 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.

Degree requirements normally constitute 30 credit hours of specified courses, including five accounting courses and five open business elective courses beyond the requirements for an undergraduate accounting major. The specific required and elective courses are outlined below.

Financial and Assurance Services Track
AC 560 Taxation of Business Organizations (previously AC 760) 3
AC 715 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
AC 720 Advanced Auditing 3
AC 748 Accounting Control Systems 3
AC 749 Seminar in Contemporary Accounting 3
Five business or accounting electives (15 credits)

Taxation Track
AC 560 Taxation of Business Organizations (previously AC 760) 3
AC 774 Advanced Taxation of Pass-through Entities 3
AC 776 Advanced Corporate Taxation 3
AC 783 Research in Taxation 3
AC 789 Seminar in Taxation 3
Five business or accounting electives (15 credits)

Application Requirements

The following items are required

  • 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:

  • 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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