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Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Accounting

South University 2020 Graduation

This campus is Not Enrolling New Students for this program.  Please review our other Online Business and Technology programs for other options at

Widely regarded as being a disciplined and rigorous field of study, Accounting offers those ambitious students interested in pursuing it a unique advantage: It is needed in nearly all businesses and industries, worldwide. Build specialized skills and knowledge to become a trusted advisor and accounting professional. Our streamlined online program allows you to earn both a bachelor and master of science in accounting, with courses that range from accounting and finance to business risk and management. Get going today.

Admission Requirements

Admissions criteria for the Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Accounting (BS to MS) are as follows:

South University is no longer enrolling new applicants in to the Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Accounting (BS to MS) program as of January 2024.

  • General undergraduate admission requirements for the university.
  • To progress to the graduate phase of the program, students must meet the College of Business progressions requirements.

Graduate Admissions - Masters level

Prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completion of application for admission
  • Official transcripts for bachelor or graduate degree within 5 weeks* of the class start date. (All credentials earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE-member credential evaluation service). Please speak with an admissions representative for more information.

Note: See program notes and specific requirements below for each graduate - masters level degree program

*Effective August 14, 2023 – Students beginning classes at Online Programs will have five weeks to submit acceptable documentation.

Specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of application for admission.
  • A 2.7 overall grade point average or higher on completed requirements for the baccalaureate degree, or, an earned graduate degree from an accredited institution with a CGPA of 3.0 or higher.

For additional admissions information please see the admissions section here.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Accounting: 228 Credits

South University is no longer enrolling new applicants in to the Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Accounting (BS to MS) program as of January 2024.

Area I General Education Requirements: 64 Credits
Professional Development
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I 4.0 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II 4.0 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III 4.0 Credit Hours

Choose one additional course from the list below:

Mathematics and Statistics
MAT2058 Statistics 4.0 Credit Hours

Choose two additional courses from the following:

MAT1001 College Algebra I 4.0 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II 4.0 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics 4.0 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences (choose two)
BIO1020 Biology I 4.0 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II 4.0 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry 4.0 Credit Hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose one additional course from the following:

PSY1001 General Psychology 4.0 Credit Hours
SOC2010 Social Problems 4.0 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 36 Credits
ACC1001 Accounting I 4.0 Credit Hours
ACC1002 Accounting II 4.0 Credit Hours
ACC1003 Accounting III 4.0 Credit Hours
BUS1038 Business Law I 4.0 Credit Hours
Area III Requirements: 128 Credits
ACC3040 Cost Accounting 4.0 Credit Hours
ACC4010 Federal Taxation I 4.0 Credit Hours
ACC5372 Federal Taxation II 4.0 Credit Hours
ACC6374 Advanced Taxation 4.0 Credit Hours
ACC6999 Capstone Review 4.0 Credit Hours
BUS4098 Business Simulation 4.0 Credit Hours
FIN3030 Corporate Finance 4.0 Credit Hours
MGT3102 Leadership 4.0 Credit Hours
MGT4070 Strategic Management 4.0 Credit Hours


South University is no longer enrolling new applicants in to the Bachelor of Science to Master of Science in Accounting (BS to MS) program as of January 2024.

Note: Not all Online Program offerings are available to residents of all U.S. states. Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

The BS (Bachelor of Science in Accounting) to MS (Master of Science in Accounting) degree program at South University is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in professional accounting, including corporate and/or public accounting. The accounting and business coursework contained in the program may allow a student to qualify to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination. Students should familiarize themselves with the specific candidacy requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in the particular state in which they wish to take the CPA examination.

Students who successfully complete all requirements of the BS (Bachelor of Science in Accounting) to MS (Master of Science in Accounting) program will be awarded both the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the Master of Science in Accounting upon graduation from the graduate program (228 credit hours).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply critical analysis skills to apply contemporary accounting principles and practices to the decisions faced by evolving business organizations.
  2. Integrate principles of accounting, economics, finance, law, risk, and management to articulate innovative solutions to organizational challenges.
  3. Integrate the auditing process, including the synthesis of information systems and communications, internal controls, and corporate governance.
  4. Critique and apply the concepts, principles, and methods gleaned from professional and academic accounting research to challenges in the accounting profession.
  5. Assess ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities required in the accounting profession.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here. 

Success Stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our business and technology alumni and the difference they make. 

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Jennifer Hunter Atkinson Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Bachelor of Business Administration-South University, Savannah

“South has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in steering my life into a direction I’m proud of. Through the last two years, I have gained tremendous support from my professors and I feel part of a community that challenges me to achieve personal and professional goals.”

Jefferson Reid 2012
Jefferson Reid Grad Alumni
Class of '12
Bachelor of Business Administration-South University, Savannah

“I wanted to stay in project management, but I knew my associate’s degree in aviation technology wouldn’t allow me to get where I wanted to be. A business degree was most relevant to the experience I had gained in the workforce. South University professors do a good job of teaching the concepts and then combining them.”

Annette Tornberg 2013
Annette Tornberg Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Associate of Science in Business Administration-South University, Online Programs

“I feel that if I did not go back to school to further my education, my job search would not have come to this conclusion. I attended college twice in my twenties, but dropped out due to lack of enthusiasm. Going back to school and completing it online is why I am now finally employed. Don’t give up. You are never too old to learn.”

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Lauren Elsberry Grad Alumni
Class of '12
MBA in Healthcare Administration-South University, Atlanta

“This program has helped make me better. It improved my time management. It improved my organization. I think because of its accelerated pace, it created those unexpected benefits. The classes I have taken in the AMBA program are relevant to my new position. I know my degree was something they looked at. South University has a good reputation; people have heard of it.”

Endora Todd 2004
Endora Todd Grad Alumni
Class of '04
Bachelor of Business Administration-South University, Montgomery

“The organization serves a unique population of students who see value in small class sizes, individual attention and support before, during and after graduation”