Master of Science in Accounting
The 30-credit Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree opens up a wide range of opportunities in public accounting firms, industrial companies, financial institutions, and government agencies. With four 11-week terms per academic year, the part-time evening program can be completed in as little as 15 months. An accelerated full-time option can be completed in 10 months. Our unique format allows you to blend online study with optional in-class sessions.
Why Choose Master of Science in Accounting?
The Master of Science in Accounting will enable you to satisfy the requirements to become a CPA and take the exam in Connecticut or Massachusetts. You will also gain skills in planning, controlling, evaluation, and analysis valued in the profession. This program provides a challenging academic environment that will extend and refine your knowledge of business and accounting through study, experiential exercises, and assessment performance. View our current tuition rates.
What Will You Study?
The MS in Accounting consists of three areas: foundation courses, which are completed at the undergraduate level; core courses; and elective courses. The 9-credit Forensic Accounting/Fraud Investigation concentration provides an important area of specialization for accountants looking to expand career opportunities in what has been called the fastest-growing area of accounting. Leveraging the unique expertise of the University's accounting and business law faculty, the program will provide advanced training for accountants in fraud investigation accounting, forensic accounting, and litigation support.
Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. An undergraduate degree in accounting is not required for admission, however, the MS in Accounting has eight undergraduate accounting foundation courses: Financial Report I, Managerial Accounting, Financial Reporting II, Financial Reporting III, Cost Accounting, Fundamental Concepts of Tax Structure, Auditing and Assurance Services, and Principles of Finance. If you need to satisfy any of the foundation courses, you may be able to begin your studies on a provisional basis while fulfilling any course requirements. The foundation courses can be completed at Western New England or any accredited school. The GMAT or GRE is required for admission. The minimum score will be based on your undergraduate GPA. There is the option to request a waiver of the GMAT. Please reference our GMAT Waiver Form for additional details.
How are Courses Offered?
Courses are offered through a flexible model that includes option in-class sessions as well as online via Kodiak, Western New England University's online learning management system. Through this online classroom you will be able to view lectures, complete and submit assignments, and participate in discussions.
Each course will consist of 11 class sessions, with as many as six sessions both online and campus-based*, while five will be offered completely online. You choose whether you will attend the classes that take place on campus, or whether you complete your studies completely online.
* International candidates will be required to attend courses offered with six on-ground class sessions in order to be in compliance with student visa requirements.
As graduates of leading business schools and universities, our MS in Accounting faculty are actively engaged in advancing the field of business through research, consulting, and scholarship. All tenured-tracked faculty have terminal degrees. This experience helps them to bring a real-world perspective to the business program at Western New England University.
The best business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Western New England University is the only private institution in western Massachusetts accredited by AACSB International and among fewer than 5% of business schools in the world to hold this accreditation.
An MS in Accounting degree is an internationally respected credential that can prepare you for a career with major accounting firms, corporations, government, or nonprofits. Our status among just 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International demonstrates our commitment to high academic standards and the caliber of our business faculty. Learn more about our support for international students.
KODIAK Online Learning
Our User-friendly Virtual Classroom Desire2Learn is a state-of-the art Learning Management System used by major universities and colleges around the world. At Western New England, we call it KODIAK after the University's mascot. KODIAK makes it easy for you to participate in class discussions, view calendars, communicate with faculty and classmates, post assignments, and view grades.