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Master of Science in Accounting

Excel with a Master’s Degree in Accounting

This program is offered online. 

You’ve been successful in your accounting studies or career, and now you want to take your knowledge and skills to the next level. With an online master’s degree in accounting from Post University, you can work towards the educational requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure in most states, seek an accounting position or advance to a managerial role as an auditor, certified public accountant, corporate controller or financial analyst. You don’t have to put your current job on hold to pursue your graduate accounting degree: We make your education convenient with 100 percent online courses.

Program Highlights

Our practitioner-focused program teaches more than facts and figures. We prepare our students to solve problems in the workplace and affect organization-wide change. In addition to traditional accounting programs, you will also take classes in leadership, creativity, and innovation to become a well-rounded accounting professional. You will learn to think critically, and effectively communicate while adhering to professional standards and ethics. And upon completion of your master’s in accounting online degree, you’ll have the skills and abilities needed to pursue a number of next-level, managerial positions in the accounting field.  

 Coursework for your online master’s degree in accounting will help you discover how to identify solutions to business problems through the close examination of relevant, data-driven accounting information. You’ll learn how to apply accounting and auditing best practices. From business development to sales, customer service and networking, you’ll strengthen your overall understanding of essential business principles—areas that can have an impact on accounting and your career.  

 

Online Master of Science in Accounting with a CPA Track Now Available!

To help prepare you for the CPA Exam, we offer an online Master of Science in Accounting with a CPA Track, which includes six study labs in addition to all of the MSA program courses. You will take pre-tests to determine the areas that need your extra attention, and then you will follow an individualized study plan to prepare and pass the CPA Exam. 

 

What can I do with a Master’s in Accounting Degree?

Upon completion of this online accounting degree program, you will be able to problem solve, communicate effectively, perform ethically and take your accounting career to the next level. This Master of Science in Accounting will give you the tools you need to make your mark in top accounting positions in the corporate world. Your master’s degree in accounting and experience can could open doors for you to pursue opportunities such as Corporate Controller, Financial Controller, Senior Accountant, Senior Auditor, Accounting Manager, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance Manager and CFO.  

The Master of Science in Accounting degree is not designed to fulfill Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure requirements in an individual state, however, the program can be used to partially fulfill licensure requirements. The program is also not designed to fulfill Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification requirements, although the program can be used to partially fulfill these requirements (the other requirements can be found on the Institute of Management Accountants website: https://www.imanet.org/). Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Post University does not guarantee licensure. It is ultimately the responsibility of individual students to be in charge of their own licensure process and to make sure that all requirements are met in obtaining licensure. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body.

The following table shows whether Post University, with completion of the appropriate curriculum, does or does not fulfill the educational requirements for a specific license:

 

Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.

 

Download your guide to learn everything you need to know about earning a Master’s in Accounting online.

 

Throughout your master’s in accounting (online) studies, you will be guided by professors who are Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and business practitioners – who will bring to your learning space what is happening in the workplace – who will answer your questions, encourage, and mentor you through your journey. At Post University, we strive to make your learning experience meaningful and effective. That’s why we hire seasoned practitioners and assign each student a personal academic advisor. They will assist you every step of the way—from enrolling to finding accounting degree jobs upon graduation. 

Whether you’re moving from your undergraduate to graduate studies right away or coming back to school to expand your experience and get ahead, Post University provides the personal support you need to excel in the accounting field. Contact us to enroll in our online master’s degree in accounting program today. 

FAQs

Is it worth getting a master’s degree in accounting?

Yes! A master’s degree in accounting has a clearly defined career path that has been historically stable. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects consistent growth in the field, about 8% across all occupations from 2020-2030 with 135K jobs predicted yearly. 

If you’re looking for a great job outlook, career growth, increased earning potential, and flexibility in your work options, then a master’s degree is a great choice!

How many years is a master’s degree in accounting?

The accounting program teaches students more than just facts and figures, it also focuses on creativity, innovation, communication, and leadership. Coursework will help you utilize principles to identify and solve business problems and master technology to deliver evidence-based solutions.

The Master of Science in Accounting typically takes 20 months to complete and a total of 30 credit hours and an added 6 if you are completing the CPA track.

To learn more about degree requirements view the course catalog.

Is CPA equivalent to a master’s degree?

A master’s degree in accounting is an important step on your journey to becoming a Certified Public Accountant to meet the educational requirements required for licensure. A CPA licensure is highly encouraged and many times required for careers in public accounting and highly preferred by private companies. Most states allow candidates to sit for the CPA exam after completing 120 credit hours but require 150 credit hours to earn the CPA license. Students need to independently research the individual state requirements for the CPA exam. The combination of an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in accounting helps satisfy state licensure requirements for education to earn the CPA license.

Holding CPA licensure demonstrates to your future employer that you have the proficiency, education, and training to excel in practice.

Post University offers a specialized CPA track for an additional 6 credits that you can take while completing your MSA, which consists of two 3 credit labs to help you prep for the exam. These labs help provide you with pre-tests and individualized study plans to study.

Is it better to have a MSA or MBA?

Many people ask, should I pursue a Master of Science in Accounting or a Master of Business Administration? Both programs are highly regarded, the candidate decides based on their career path focus. The focus of the MSA is towards careers that specialize in accounting, taxation, auditing, financial statement analysis, ethical accounting standards, and regulations in the overall business structure. 

Most people choose the master’s in accounting with the CPA track because they have the goal of earning their CPA license. The MSA program can assist candidates to prepare to earn certifications to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and other highly regarded accounting-related certifications. 

The MBA program offers more flexibility on concentration choice to include: corporate innovation, finance, entrepreneurship, healthcare systems leadership, human resource management, leadership, marketing, multidisciplinary, project management, and supply chain management, getting students ready for multiple industries.

Both degrees cover strategic decision-making, innovation, process management, communication, and capstone courses that tie together all the skills covered.

Both MSA and MBA are great choices to move forward in your career and can prepare you to enter a competitive workforce, but the choice ultimately falls on which path you’d like to pursue.

This degree program is programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). 

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