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MSA Program


Earn your MSA at Western New England University

Accredited by AACSB International

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.  Whether you want to complete your studies 100% online or incorporate the evening in-class sessions, the choice is yours.

The Master of Science in Accounting will enable you to satisfy the requirements to become a CPA exam in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and to develop the skills in planning, controlling, evaluation, and analysis that characterize a successful career in accounting. 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.

Affordable Excellence

Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $771 per credit. The MSA consists of 30 graduate credits, which totals $23,130 for your degree, making Western New England University one of the most affordable AACSB accredited programs in New England.

Student-centered Learning

Students appreciate the friendly, collegial atmosphere offered in the MSA program and the accessibility of the accounting faculty. The diversity of experiences among MSA students promotes lively classroom discussion as students master conventional accounting knowledge and explore the developing issues in the field.

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

Study on Your Own Schedule

You can take all MSA courses online through the Kodiak virtual classroom or attend scheduled on-campus courses that blend class meetings with online study. Our innovative and flexible course delivery truly allows you to study on your own schedule.

Program Structure

The MSA consists of three areas:

  • foundation courses, which are completed at the undergraduate level;
  • core courses; and
  • elective courses.

MSA Concentrations

The MSA program offers two concentrations in Forensic Accounting/Fraud Investigation and Taxation that give our students even greater opportunities for specialization in these high growth areas.

Candidates must have earned 24 undergraduate credits hours in non-accounting business courses in order to pursue a concentration.

Forensic Accounting/Fraud Investigation Concentration

The 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.

Required Concentration Courses 9 credit hours

AC 641 Introduction to Fraud 3 cr.
AC 642 Forensic Accounting/Systems 3 cr.
BL 640 Law for Accountants 3 cr.

Taxation Concentration
A concentration in Taxation enables individuals to enter the accounting profession with a background in tax accounting, tax research, international and interstate tax accounting, and accounting for income taxes. In addition to developing competence in taxation rule-making process, practice, and administration, and policy, the concentration will give students the ability to acquire technology and information literacy skills needed to perform quality tax research.

Required Concentration Courses 10 credit hours

AC 646 Selected Topics in Taxation 3 cr.
AC 647 Taxation Research and Writing 3 cr.
LAW 803 Federal Wealth Transfer Taxes 2 cr.
LAW 804 Federal Income Taxation of Estates 2 cr.