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MSA Competencies

The Master of Science in Administration program recommends that degree-seeking students acquire knowledge equivalent to the following courses: Financial Accounting (ACC 201 or ACC 203) and Statistics (STA 282).

The competency requirement will be waived for students with regular admission status.  Review of the workshop materials is recommended for all MSA students prior to taking MSA 600 and MSA 602.

Students with conditional admission status may be required to demonstrate accounting and/or statistics competency.  You have the following options to meet these competency requirements:

1.     Undergraduate Course: You can take course or its equivalent at CMU (available online and occasionally at local centers) or another accredited institution. You must earn "C" or better to meet requirements. Submit an official transcript if the course is not taken at CMU. Please notify your Advisor after your transcripts have arrived to ensure your student record is coded.

NOTE: You may prefer to take these undergraduate level courses at your local community college. If so, verify course meets CMU's requirements in one of two ways:

2.     Competency Assessments: You may take a free CA assessment for Accounting and/or Statistics. Assessments may be taken twice and must be passed with at least 70 percent accuracy. CA examinations are available online in Blackboard. While exams are completed in a non-proctored setting, they are completed through the Lockdown Browser tool within Blackboard.

Important Note: For those conditionally admitted to MSA program, one of the conditions of admission may be completion of an undergraduate course in accounting and/or statistics. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Sample exams:

Most students who are only pursuing an MSA Graduate Certificate do not need to meet competency requirements. However, students pursuing Engineering Management, or Research Administration Graduate Certificates are required to meet competency requirements in order to meet course prerequisites.

CA Exam Preparation

A self-paced review workshop within Blackboard allows you to independently review Accounting and/or Statistics subject matter in preparation for the Competency Assessment(s).

Review materials serve as a refresher and provide working knowledge on subject matter utilized in your future MSA coursework.

Accounting and Statistics Review Workshops are non-credit preparatory courses offered free of charge to students. Workshops are not equivalent to an undergraduate course, and completion of Accounting and/or Statistics CA Exam(s) are still recommended for regularly admitted students and may be required for conditionally admitted students.

You can access these workshops via Blackboard, which requires an active Global ID/password. If you have not applied, not received an admissions decision, or are having issues logging in, please call New Student Services Call Center at 877-268-4636.