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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Accounting

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 core of the Master of Science in Accounting 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. 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.

Admission Requirements 

The MSA program requires an undergraduate accounting background (i.e., an accounting major or having earned a minimum of 15 credits in accounting, including the following courses:

-Introduction to Accounting
-Intermediate Accounting I
-Intermediate Accounting II
-Cost Accounting

Graduate Degree Requirements

Professional Ethics (4 credits)
Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis (4 credits)
Taxation of Business Entities (4 credits)
Assurance Services (4 credits)
Marketing Analysis and Decision Making (4 credits)
Professional Skills (2 credits)
Effective Managerial Communication (2 credits)
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)

Contact Information

For questions about the program and its prerequisites, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.