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Master of Science in Accounting

College of Business


Earn the graduate degree you need and the skills to advance your career with a Master of Science in Accounting from Western New England University. This 30-credit online program is excellent preparation for the CPA exam, especially for Massachusetts and Connecticut. With four 11-week terms per academic year, the program can be completed in as little as one year. 

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.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose An MS in Accounting

  1. Boost Your Earning and Advancement Potential–Broaden your opportunities in public accounting firms, industrial companies, financial institutions, and government agencies with a Master of Science in Accounting from Western New England University.

  2. Relevant Case Studies and Simulations with a CPA Focus–As you work to satisfy the requirements to become a CPA, you'll refine your knowledge of business and accounting through case studies, experiential exercises via simulations, and assessment performance. You will work with a faculty with strong ties to the industry and a curriculum that responds quickly to changes in regulations and practice, both of which contribute to a high rate of placement in the top national and regional accounting firms.

  3. Professional Connections Through Cohort Learning–As a member of the College of Business community, you’ll work together with classmate-colleagues on projects as you prepare for the CPA exam. This collaborative culture facilitates the building of strong ties within the profession, industry, and with distinguished alumni connected to important career opportunities.

  4. Earn Your Master's from an AACSB International-accredited University–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. Member institutions confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive multiyear review.

  5. Online Learning that Fits Your Schedule–Convenient online classes, coupled with multiple terms offered annually, will provide you with the flexibility to fit grad school into your schedule and earn your degree in as little as one year.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

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 Reporting, 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.

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How are Courses Offered?

How are Courses Offered?

Course Delivery: Online
Total Credits: 30

Courses are delivered exclusively 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, participate in discussions with classmates, and communicate directly with your professors. This online learning model allows you to complete classwork on your own time, wherever you are.

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CPA Exam Links

CPA Exam Links

Learn more about the CPA Exam and resources about the Massachusetts and Connecticut exams and requirements.

CPA Exam Resources
CPA Career Links

CPA Career Links

Learn more about what an accountant does and how to become one from the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.

CPA Careers
Faculty

Faculty

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.

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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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  • International Students

    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.

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  • KODIAK: OUR USER-FRIENDLY VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

    Kodiak is a state-of-the-art Learning Management System used by major universities and colleges around the world. It makes it easy for you to participate in class discussions, view calendars, communicate with faculty and classmates, post assignments, and view grades.

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