Aerial view of Farmer School of Business in the fall

Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree

Four Years, Two Degrees... and CPA Eligible!

Program Purpose

Students planning to take the CPA exam in Ohio and in most other states are required to have 150 hours of education with at least a bachelor's degree. This requires additional education beyond the requirements for a bachelor's degree from Miami.

High achieving students have the option of pursuing a combined degree program in which you can earn both your bachelor's and master's degrees in accountancy within four years. After completing the program, you are qualified to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Ohio and most other states that have adopted the 150-hour education requirement.

Undergraduate Preparation and Admission

To be eligible to apply for the combined program, students must have earned a minimum of 64 credit hours with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. You will need to complete all Miami Plan, business core, and sophomore- and junior-level accountancy coursework by the end of your third year to be eligible to enroll in the MAcc curriculum your fourth year. This takes careful planning, so please contact the MAcc Program as soon as possible if you are considering the combined degree program.

The fourth year of study for students in the combined program will be the full (30 semester hours) MAcc curriculum; as such, the Department of Accountancy will treat applicants to the combined program as "early admit" candidates. Candidates must be able to be full-time students during the fourth year.

Please note: *The MAcc curriculum may include ACC 522 and/or ACC 553 for combined degree candidates.

Application Procedures

To apply to a combined bachelor's/master's program, visit the Graduate School, complete the Graduate School online application, and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check "combined program."

Applicants will need to upload an unofficial transcript or DAR, resume, and personal statement.

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid)

Students may receive their bachelor's degree prior to completing their master's degree. Upon receiving the bachelor's degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students.

Students in the combined program can count up to eight hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor's degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master's degree. For B.S./MAcc candidates, the senior-level accountancy coursework and the undergraduate business elective requirement can be satisfied with MAcc coursework.

Please note: Students must earn at least 120 hours of undergraduate coursework and at least 30 hours of graduate coursework.