3/2 MBA or MSA?

Find the experience that fits your future.

The 3/2 Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Science in Accounting with Data and Analytics (MSADA) programs both offer outstanding Kelley faculty, innovative curricula, and real-world experience. Their programs have similarities and differences that are important to understand.

Each graduate program prepares students for a variety of careers, including:

  • Assurance and risk management
  • Corporate accounting
  • Advisory services
  • Banking and financial services
  • Governmental and nonprofit organizations
  • Taxation practices

The 3/2 MBA is a two-year program that, in general, attracts Kelley undergraduate students interested in finance-driven accounting careers. The one-year MSA program—open to Kelleys and students from other academic institutions—focuses on assurance/risk management or taxation.

3/2 MBA

Years 1–3:
Undergraduate

Year 4: MBA Core

Summer Internship

Year 5: MBA coursework

MSADA traditional option

Years 1–4:
Undergraduate

Summer
Internship

Year 5:
MSADA Coursework
Core + electives

MSADA "W-internship" option

Years 1–3:
Undergraduate

Year 4: (first
semester of
senior year):
Undergraduate

Year 4: (second
semester of
senior year)
Undergraduate
internship +
MSADA coursework

Year 5: MSADA coursework

Not sure which program is for you? Use the chart below to consider points of difference. To learn more about the programs, attend an info session or schedule a meeting with a member of the Graduate Accounting Programs team.

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Criteria3/2 MBAMSADAMSADA W-internship option

Career Path

Accounting paired with integrative business skills, often a focus on finance (including investment banking and advisory services)

Accounting, often a focus on assurance, risk management, or taxation

Accounting, often a focus on assurance, risk management, or taxation

Applicants

Kelley accounting and finance undergraduates

Applicants fulfilling prerequisites

Applicants fulfilling prerequisites and secured "W-internship"

Tracks of Study

Accounting or financial analysis

Accounting

Accounting

Cost

2 years graduate business school tuition

1 year graduate business school tuition
(30 credits)

1 year graduate business school tuition
(24 credits)

Degrees earned

BS and MBA

MSADA

MSADA

Typical length of program

2 years

1 year

1 year

Satisfies 150-hour requirement to sit for CPA exam

Yes

Yes

Yes

CPA review course offered

Yes

Yes

Yes

Experiential Learning

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Application Deadlines

The 3/2 MBA program is open to Kelley undergraduates in accounting and finance. Please apply by January 15 of your junior year.

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The Kelley Advantage

By earning your BS and MBA degrees in five years, you’ll spend one less year in school than you would in a traditional MBA program, saving both time and money.

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