Masters of Accounting Degree Programs


Welcome to our comprehensive directory of Masters of Accounting Degree programs. The school listings below contain all the online programs we could find, from 23 schools across the country.

Degree Overview

Advancing in any field, be it engineering, medicine or business, usually requires specialization. One of the hottest areas of business growth today is accounting, and consequently, the popularity and value of a Master of Accounting is skyrocketing.

FEATURED ONLINE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS

Whether you're a CPA candidate with a bachelor's degree looking to complete those last 30 semester hours, or a business professional looking to expand your career options, earning a graduate degree in accounting will place you at the top of your field.

The MS in Accounting through Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management is designed to build upon undergraduate education in a wide variety of majors.

The MBA-Accounting program through Capella University integrates business administration with vital accounting skills while Capella's MBA-Accounting CPA Pathway program is specifically designed to prepare business leaders for CPA licensure.

School Profile

Below, we interview Amy Dunbar, Director of the University of Connecticut's Master of Science in Accounting Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approximately 13 percent of all graduate students are taking business programs entirely online, according to 2007-2008 data from the U.S. Department of Education, and business programs are the most popular graduate concentrations for entirely online formats. If you are seeking an online Master of Accountancy (MAcc), your options may be limited. While several programs exist, finding an ideal program in your preferred specialty may take some searching.

 

 

An online MAcc degree program involves about 36 credit hours of course work that can be completed in about one year with a highly intensive credit load, or 18 months to two years if you are taking fewer credits. In some cases, certain courses may be waived of you are already a certified public accountant (CPA). An online master's in accounting program has advantages in that you can complete the courses when you have available time, helping you to balance work or other responsibilities. Core classes are typically geared toward topics such as ethics, advanced economics or other selected accounting areas. Curriculum classes are focused on your specific career goals, such as tax accounting. If you prefer a campus-based MAcc program, some institutions offer a full-time day program that you can complete in less than one year.

If your goal is to prepare for the CPA or other certification exam, then you want to be sure to choose a quality program. Check the program's accreditation status through the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Why should you get a master's in accounting?

Known variously as a Master of Accountancy (MAcc, MAc, or MAcy), Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcy or MPA or MPAcc) or Master of Science in Accountancy (MSAcy), this professional graduate degree is a necessity for anyone pursuing a career in public accounting. These programs are required for state certifications, including the minimum 150 credit hours needed to be eligible for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and other certifications such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

A recent Payscale.com survey shows that starting jobs for people with a master's in accounting range from between $38,810 to $54,474, often with a $5000 starting bonus. With a master's in accounting and a state certification, you can expect to earn $5000 more to start than people earn with just a bachelor's degree. After four years, the advantage grows to $7,000 per year and after that, to $11,000 per year. Payscale.com estimates it takes seven to 10 years to "break even," considering the value of a year of lost salary while earning the degree against the increased per-year earnings.

You can better the seven year, "break even" time-frame by continuing to earn a living while earning your master's degree. Nearly every program allows for flexible learning during evenings and weekends or online. It takes more than 10 months to complete your degree this way; however, the financial benefits of continuing to earn while you learn, not to mention the professional benefits of not taking a year out of your working career, are considerable.

What courses are included in a master's of accounting program?

Typical programs run from 10 months to a full year, with core courses in areas such as taxes, financial reporting, corporate valuation, financial decision-making, budgeting, and information systems. Also, most programs add electives in related areas. Popular electives come from other areas of business study, information technology and law. Master's in accounting candidates choose a specific area within the accounting field for their concentration, specializing in anything from taxes to financial consulting.

Things to consider when looking at your degree program options are quality, flexibility, and cost. Be sure to check rankings and talk to people with personal experience with each program you are considering. At this level of study, you should have a very clear idea of your career goals. Talk to potential employers and recruiters about what programs they value the most. If you are taking time off your career to earn your degree, look for accelerated programs that take fewer months to complete. If you are working full time, look for flexible programs. Cost is always a factor. Compare your potential increased earnings with program costs and choose the best value.

Find Schools

23 Schools Offering Online Masters of Accounting Degree Programs:


Auburn University (Auburn University, AL)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accounting
DeVry University (Bethesda, MD / Columbus, OH / Decatur, GA / Fort Washington, PA / Henderson, NV / Irving, TX / Kansas City, MO / Memphis, TN / Miramar, FL / Oklahoma City, OK / Phoenix, AZ / Pomona, CA / Portland, OR / Sandy, UT / St Louis Park, MN / Westminster, CO)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accounting and Financial Management
Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accounting
Masters of Accounting in Forensic Accounting
Fremont College (Cerritos, CA)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accounting
Golden Gate University-San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accountancy
Kaplan University (Cedar Falls, IA / Cedar Rapids, IA / Chicago, IL / Council Bluffs, IA / Davenport, IA / Fort Lauderdale, FL / Greenacres, FL / Hagerstown, MD / Lincoln, NE / Mason City, IA / Miami Lakes, FL / New York, NY / Omaha, NE / S Portland, ME / St. Petersburg, FL / Urbandale, IA)
Online Programs Offered:
MS - Accounting
Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA)
Online Programs Offered:
MS - Accounting
New England College (Henniker, NH)
Online Programs Offered:
MS - Accounting
Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accounting
Regis University (Denver, CO)
Online Programs Offered:
MS - Accounting
Saint Joseph's College of Maine (Standish, ME)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accountancy
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (Carbondale, IL)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accountancy
Southern New Hampshire University (Manchester, NH)
Online Programs Offered:
MS - Accounting
MS - Accounting/Finance
Southern Polytechnic State University (Marietta, GA)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Accounting
Stetson University (Deland, FL)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accountancy
Stratford University (Falls Church, VA)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Accounting
Strayer University (Newington, VA / Washington, DC)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Accounting
MS - Accounting Info Systems
MS - Controllership
MS - Taxation
MS in Acc - Public Accounting
Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Accounting
The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Accountancy
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Accounting
University of Maryland-University College (Adelphi, MD)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Science in Accounting And Financial Management
Master of Science in Accounting And Financial Management /Master of Science in Accounting And Information Technology - Dual Degree Program in Accounting And Financial Management/Accounting And Information Technology
Master of Science in Accounting And Financial Management/Master
University of Phoenix (Albuquerque, NM / Ann Arbor, MI / Arlington, TX / Arlington, VA / Atlanta, GA / Augusta, GA / Aurora, CO / Austin, TX / Bakersfield, CA / Baton Rouge, LA / Beachwood, OH / Beale AFB, CA / Birmingham, AL / Bossier City, LA / Braintree, MA / Brookfield, WI / Cedar Rapids, IA / Chandler, AZ / Charlotte, NC / Chattanooga, TN / Cheyenne, WY / C)
Online Programs Offered:
Master of Accountancy
MS - Accountancy
Walden University (Minneapolis, MN)
Online Programs Offered:
MS Accounting - General

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