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Five-year Accounting/MS in Accounting

College of Business


As an accounting major, in your junior year you can choose to pursue a graduate degree through our Five-year Bachelor/Master of Science in Accounting program. This qualifies you to sit for the CPA Exam in Connecticut or Massachusetts in just 10 months, saving students time and tuition. If you maintain at least a 3.30 GPA in your undergraduate program, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) requirement will be waived.

Why Choose Five-year Accounting/MS in Accounting?

This challenging accelerated program is designed for highly motivated high school students who have a GPA of at least 3.50 and SAT Critical Reading and Math scores totaling at least 1200 (ACT 27). If you qualify, you can be conditionally admitted to the MS in Accounting program when you apply as a high school senior. If you maintain at least a 3.30 annual GPA overall and in accounting courses, the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) requirement will be waived.

If you do not meet the GPA and SAT requirements as a new freshman, you join the program in your senior year. You must maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 overall and on accounting courses, and obtain an acceptable GMAT score. The GMAT would need to be taken prior to the beginning of the senior year at the University.

If you are not currently eligible for this accelerated program, you can still apply to enter the MS in Accounting program after completing your undergraduate courses.

What Will You Study?

The MS in Accounting program enables you to develop the skills in planning, controlling, evaluation, and analysis that characterize a successful career in accounting. It also provides a challenging academic environment that will extend and refine your knowledge of business and accounting through study, experiential exercises, and assessment performance. 

With an eye toward management positions, MSA students are also given opportunities to acquire more general decision-making and leadership skills. Critical thinking skills are developed through analysis of practical case

Unique Opportunities

  • Online Learning to Fit Your Schedule

    Courses are taught online with an option to meet in class for half of the eleven sessions in each course. These live sessions are held in the evening. Beginning in your senior year, you can take courses entirely online, or choose to attend six live sessions during the 11-week graduate term. If you do not meet the GPA and SAT requirements as a freshman, you can still become involved in the fast-track program based on your grades and GMAT test scores.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

If you are accepted to Western New England University for this five-year program, you will be conditionally admitted to the master’s program. If you maintain at least a 3.30 GPA in your undergraduate program, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) requirement will be waived. Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree is required.

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.

Faculty

Faculty

Actively engaged in professional accounting associations and with both academic and industry experience, our accounting faculty are eager to share their knowldege and offer their guidance on your future career. On-campus or online, they readily share their eexpertise as gifted classroom teachers. Graduates of leading business schools and universities, they are actively engaged in advancing the field of business through research, consulting, and scholarship, hallmarks of AACSB International accredited programs. This experience helps them to bring a real-world perspective of the business to the accellerated combined program.

Accreditation

AACSB International

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.

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Master of Science in Accounting

Master of Science in Accounting

Are you looking to add the most respected accounting credential to your résumé? 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.

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