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Master of Accountancy and Data Analysis

This program is for students who hold an undergraduate degree in accounting or in any area of study and who desire a graduate degree in accounting.

Students in the MADA program must complete 30 hours of graduate level course work with at least 15 of those hours in accounting.  Depending on the student's educational background, additional courses may be required to prepare the student for graduate level study in accounting.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Degree in Accounting. GPA of 3.25 on last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate coursework. GMAT with a minimum score of 500. A grade of "C" or better in all undergraduate accounting courses. International students must provide evidence of their ability to communicate in English in both oral and written form. International students must submit transcript evaluations on a course level basis prepared by WES or similar organization. (The Kentucky State Board of Public Accountancy requires course credits to be certified by the Foreign Academics Credentialing Service or another credentialing agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.)

These minimum requirements establish eligibility for admission, but do not guarantee acceptance into the program.

An applicant with an undergraduate degree in an area other than accounting who meets the other criteria may be considered for the program upon completion of additional undergraduate and/or graduate foundation coursework.

Degree Requirements

Required accounting courses-15 Hours

ACCT 500 Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting

ACCT 510 Advanced Accounting Information Systems Control and Audit

ACCT 520 Special Topics in Managerial Accounting

ACCT 530 Special Topics in Tax Research and Planning

ACCT 540 Advanced Auditing Standards, Applications and Fraud

Required courses in Data Analytics or Cyber Security-9 Hours
Student are required to successfully complete any 3 of the following courses:


BDAN 513 – Contemporary Business Analytics

BDAN 515 – Data Management

BDAN 517 – Predictive Analytics

BDAN 518 – Visualization and Decision Making


CYSA 520:  Principles of Cybersecurity for Data Analytics

CYSA 524: Cybersecurity Orchestration using Data Analytics

CYSA 522:  Cybersecurity Risk and Compliance

Elective graduate courses-6 hours

Students admitted to the MAcc program may select graduate courses offered in the Gordon Ford College of Business upon approval by the department chair. Tier I or business foundation courses and BA 515 will not be considered as satisfying any part of the 30-hour requirement. Six (6) hours of the elective graduate courses may be from outside the Gordon Ford College of Business with prior approval of the department chair. Individual programs of study must be approved by the department chair. The selection of elective courses should be directly related to the student's career goals and/or desired skills/competencies.

Note:  the student may elect to take additional BDAN or CYSA courses as electives and therefore earn the Graduate Data Analytics Certificate or Graduate Cybersecurity Certificate.

Accounting JUMP Program 

For More Information, please contact Dr. Stacy Bibelhauser in the Department of Accounting via email or at (270) 745-6189


The Gordon Ford College of Business is a top business school with dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting programs.

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 Last Modified 11/15/22