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The Master of Science in Accounting is focused on developing proficient accountants who have a solid foundation in accounting’s best practices. 

The MSA provides 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. This 32-credit 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 11 percent from 2014 to 2024. 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 Merrimack College - Graduate Program Brochures

You can complete the program full time in one year. Students 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 a Bachelor’s degree in an undergraduate accounting background (i.e., an accounting major or having earned a minimum of 15 credits in accounting), including the following courses:

  • Accounting for Business
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Taxes

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Contact Information

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

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