Master’s Degree in
An innovative curriculum. Award-winning faculty. Outstanding career guidance.
Our Master's of Science in Accounting (MSA) program prepares students for rewarding careers in all facets of the field, from nonprofit to forensic accounting.
Whether you’re advancing your career, transitioning to a new one, or just starting out, the MSA program will put you on track to compete in a flourishing field—one that’s projected to increase 22 percent in the next decade.
Want to make an impact on the global business world?
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In the Classroom
Small class sizes keep coursework interactive.
Faculty are real-world practitioners who bring their diverse experiences to the classroom. And prominent accounting experts from the “Big Four” firms are regular guest speakers.
You’ll have the flexibility to customize your curricula. Students with an accounting background can choose from a range of courses in financial reporting and assurance, forensic accounting, or taxation. And all students select elective courses to supplement their specialty—as well as take part in internships and leadership groups.
Graduates emerge from the master’s program well-prepared for the CPA exam, and, most importantly, a successful career.
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Pragmatic Learning in a Prime Location
With a high success rate for full-time employment, the MSA program sets you up for a job outcome that fits your goals.
AU’s prime location in the nation’s capital offers students access to extensive internship and employment opportunities across the corporate, not-for-profit, and government sectors. Students, whether full-time or working professionals, take full advantage of the strong DC and Kogod alumni networks. And career preparation is aided by our well-connected Kogod Center for Business Communication.
Whether you want to work locally or globally, you’ll be set up with a network of professional leaders.
Alumni of the MSA program work for a variety of companies in a wide range of positions, including, but not limited to:
- Deloitte/Deloitte & Touche
- RSM US LLP
- Fannie Mae
- FTI Consulting
- International Monetary Fund
- Navigant Consulting
- SC&H Group
Yes, students select from a variety of graduate accounting and tax courses designed to prepare students for the advanced topics covered on the CPA exam. They’ll also be equipped to meet the educational requirements for public accounting licensure in most U.S. states.
The amount of time it takes to complete the program can range from 30 to 37.5 credit hours. Students with undergraduate accounting degrees can complete the program in one calendar year by completing 15 graduate accounting hours and 15 graduate elective hours. Students with an undergraduate degree in other business disciplines can complete the program in one year as well (21 graduate accounting hours and 9 hours of graduate electives), but it could take those without a business background 1.5 to 2 years to finish. Flexibility is offered for working professionals.