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Accounting and Information Technology

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The master of science in accounting and information technology (MSAIT) program offers full-time students the ability to graduate in two years and working professionals the flexibility to enroll part-time. Evening classes are offered face-to-face and via technology-enhanced delivery format at both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.

Students integrate knowledge and skills gained from engaged faculty to solve today’s challenges for accounting information systems through digital organization and security.

All McCoy College degree programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accounting degree programs also hold separate accreditation by AACSB.

 Contact The Graduate College for general questions about getting started with your application, funding your degree and more.
If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Sam Lee
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 463

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Diego Vacaflores
McCoy Hall (MCOY), Room 530

“Professors are very involved and knowledgeable.ˮ

– Susanna Belseth, MSAIT ’15, Texas Department of Public Safety

Course Work

The MSAIT program consists of 36 semester credit hours. Required course work covers the core AIT areas of management accounting, accounting information systems, database management, information security, project management, and business consulting. Electives may be chosen from a prescribed set of AIT courses, such as data warehousing, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence, data analytics, cost and managerial accounting, and fraud detection. Students may also elect to utilize an internship as an elective.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36 Non-Thesis No minor
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Graduates are hired in public accounting firms as consultants and by major companies throughout the region.

Program Mission

The MSAIT program is designed to integrate technological skills and tools with organization information analysis, control, and continuity. As today’s companies accumulate stores of data, they are increasingly looking for people with the ability to secure, analyze, and utilize data in ways never before possible. The MSAIT program provides the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to work with advanced information technology. Topics of study include fraud detection, regulatory reporting, information security, business intelligence, and enterprise systems.

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Program Faculty

The computer information systems and quantitative methods faculty is a dedicated group of educators who strive to provide the best academic environment for students. Their collective goal is to provide superior education and student support leading to successful and fulfilling careers. Through the use of hands-on projects, student interaction, and targeted lectures, faculty provide the students with the preferred knowledge and skillsets of today’s employers. In addition, faculty regularly publish articles in peer-reviewed journals and present research at numerous national and international conferences.

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Career Options

The MSAIT degree provides conceptual knowledge and hands-on experience to meet the need for trained accounting professionals who are comfortable with advanced information technology. Students entering the program will develop an understanding of information security, audit controls, and reporting related to the accounting function. Students preparing to become auditors, IT auditors, business intelligence analysts, information security specialists, and information systems consultants will also benefit from this degree.

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 1 June 1
Spring October 1 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • a competitive GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work that must be completed before admission to the graduate program: 
    • ACC 2361 Introduction to Financial Accounting or equivalent
    • QMST 2333 Business Statistics or equivalent

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GRE or GMAT Scores

  • official GRE (general test only) or GMAT required with competitive scores

For potential test waiver information, please visit the McCoy College of Business GMAT/GRE Waiver website.

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*Effective Spring 2023:

  • meeting one of the following criteria allows you to request a GRE or GMAT waiver:
    • earned a minimum of a 3.2 overall GPA at Texas State University and provided at least two references from Texas State faculty
    • three or more years of full-time, post-graduate work experience for applicants with an undergraduate degree from an accredited United States university



  • responses to specific essay questions (two essays are required):
    1. Why have you chosen to pursue a graduate business degree at Texas State University? What do you hope to accomplish during your time in the program?
    2. Tell us about your three most significant accomplishments. Why do you view them as such? What lessons did you learn from them?
    3. optional personal statement: in cover-letter format, you may address the admissions committee about anything related to your background, application, and/or desire to attend graduate school at Texas State University 
  • resume/CV detailing your work experience, extracurricular and community activities, and honors and achievements
  • two letters of recommendation from persons best able to assess your ability to succeed in graduate school

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall and minimum individual module scores of
    • 19 listening
    • 19 reading
    • 19 speaking
    • 18 writing
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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Additional Information

  Admissions Review Process
Admission to all graduate business degree programs is competitive and designed to identify those who have the ability, interest, and maturity to manage the rigors of the programs as well as potential for future professional growth; therefore, the admissions committee will carefully consider all aspects of your professional and academic background. The admissions committee will also closely review the qualitative elements of your application, such as letters of recommendation, quality of written essays, relevant work experience, extracurricular and community activities, honors and achievements, and other personal characteristics that will enhance diversity in academic programs.