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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Accounting

Upcoming open house

For all Graduate programs

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Murray Lounge, Sakowich Campus Center

The Master of Science in Accounting is focused on developing proficient accountants who have a solid foundation in accounting’s best practices and on providing a pathway for students who wish to obtain the additional semester hours required for certified public accountant (CPA) certification.

The Master of Science in Accounting’s core is designed around the topics covered by the CPA exam. The curriculum combines a solid foundation in best accounting practices with a complementary set of graduate management courses designed to prepare early career professionals to be effective managers. The program emphasizes cases to drive the acquisition and application of knowledge necessary to exercise professional skills and develop a foundation of both advanced accounting and managerial skills.

Career Opportunities
with a Master’s in Accounting

According to the United States Department of Labor, it is projected that employment opportunities for accountants and auditors will increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. New graduates are experiencing an unprecedented level of demand from public accounting firms. In 2012, there was an 18.8 percent increase in accounting graduates hired (Moore). New graduates from Master’s in Accounting programs represent approximately 90 percent of new CPA firms’ hires.

Program Format

The program is comprised of primarily four-credit courses with a mixture of sequenced two-credit courses for a total of 32 credit hours. Students can complete the program full time in one year.  They may also enroll part time and complete the program in two years or at their own pace.  Classes are held in the evenings to maximize time at work or in an internship.

Program Prerequisites: 

The MSA program requires an undergraduate accounting background (i.e., an accounting major or having earned at least 15 credits in accounting or taken a prerequisite set of accounting courses.

Graduate Degree Requirements

o Professional Ethics (4 credits)
o Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis (4 credits)
o Taxation of Business Enterprises, Fiduciaries 
o Assurance Services (4 credits)
o Marketing Analysis and Decision Making (4 credits)
o Professional Skills (2 credits)
o Effective Managerial Communication (2 credits)
o Competition, Innovation and Strategic Advantage (4 credits)

Electives (choose a total of 4 credits)

Accounting Information Systems (2 credits)
Not-for-Profit and Government Accounting (2 credits)
Estate and Gift Taxation (2 credits)
International Accounting (2 credits)
Business Law (2 credits)
Business Internship (2 or 4 credits)

For questions about your prerequisite coursework, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 978-837-3563 or graduate@merrimack.edu.