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Master of Science in Accountancy Online

Be Greater Than the Sum

Stand out with advanced accounting expertise, business acumen, and an understanding of the human side of accounting.

  • 100% online
  • 30-credit curriculum
  • Graduate in 20 months
  • Provides 30 credits toward your CPA exam
  • Total estimated cost of $18,750 (just $625 per credit)*

Leading your organization demands more than strong financial knowledge. Business acumen and human management skills are vital to success. That's why the online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota infuses soft skills as well as advanced accounting expertise to connect with the human side of accounting.

The online MSA program was developed in collaboration with CPA firm partners, CFOs, and other accounting leaders who know the day-to-day demands of the financial services industry. Unlike other graduate programs that focus solely on advanced accounting skills, the core curriculum of Saint Mary's program emphasizes highly relevant business topics such as financial communication, leadership, ethics, information systems, and strategic management.

Gain in-depth knowledge of corporate responsibility, strategic planning, and loss prevention and become an accounting expert with Saint Mary's online Master of Science in Accountancy. While you earn your degree, you'll gain the credits and knowledge required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, as well as the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification.**

Program Highlights

  • Career Advancement: From courses in leadership to communication, the core of this curriculum prepares you for advancement into leadership and management positions in nearly any accounting setting, including strategic cost management and information systems management.
  • Exam Prep & Discount: Receive credits toward those required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and learn content knowledge to help prepare you for the CPA exam and/or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification while earning your degree. As a student in this program, you'll receive a $700 discount for the CMA Platinum Review Course and a $750 discount on the CPA Gold Review Course.***
  • Real-Time Applied Learning: With innovative courses like forensic accounting and non-profit accounting, you can apply what you learn in class to your career the next day.
  • Industry Experts: Our faculty are practitioners and leaders in the field of accounting. Learn from and network with real professionals who know the demands of accounting, management, and financial strategy.
  • Succeed with Saint Mary's: From technical to academic support, our caring instructors and staff provide multiple layers of support to help you achieve your educational and professional goals. With 100 years of academic tradition, Saint Mary's is regularly ranked among the nation's top higher education institutions by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and Forbes.

Program Outcomes

  • Use advanced accounting knowledge to address organizational issues
  • Evaluate complex accounting situations
  • Assess emerging and global accounting issues that can contribute to organizational success
  • Articulate a process for making ethical decisions
  • Manage accounting teams to achieve established goals
  • Communicate complex financial information in a clear and concise manner

Curriculum: More Than the Numbers

Our faculty is made up of experts who know that succeeding in accounting is about more than the numbers. Our 30-credit curriculum is full of cutting-edge accounting methods but also incorporates management, leadership, and strategy to give you everything you'll need to lead. Sample courses include:

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE (3 credits per course)

ACCT610

Leadership and Ethics

ACCT630

Advanced Audit and Internal Controls

ACCT640

Nonprofit and Government Accounting

ACCT650

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Analysis

ACCT660

Strategic Management Accounting

ACCT670

Taxation and Business Decisions

ACCT680

Contemporary and Emerging Issues

Career Outlook

If you're looking to advance into management or take on financial strategy in a new sector, opportunities in accounting are growing, and on average, accountants** with their master's degree earn 8 percent more than accountants with only their bachelor's degree.1 In 2018, the median advertised salary for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll jobs requesting a master's degree was $95,000.2

See more on the career outlook for an online Master of Science in Accountancy.

JOB TITLE

MEDIAN INCOME

Accountant / Auditor

$69,350

Forensic Accountant

$65,2953

Budget Analyst

$75,240

Financial Controller

$79,9264

Financial Manager

$125,080

Financial Analyst

$84,300

Chief Financial Officer

$127,7875

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unless otherwise noted.

Opportunity in Your Hands

Every student enrolled in the online Master of Science in Accountancy program at Saint Mary's receives an iPad® that makes it possible to access your coursework wherever WiFi is available. See how your new iPad can help you learn.

Master the Human Side of Accounting

Propel your career with a Master of Science in Accountancy that prepares you for a new level of opportunity and success. Request more information or contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954.

*Additional fees may apply, and tuition rates are subject to change.

**Certification requirements vary by state; it is the responsibility of individual students to review all requirements and criteria for the state in which they are seeking certification.

***You must use your Saint Mary's email to purchase these products or you run the risk of losing access to the materials after you purchase them. Emails are routinely monitored to ensure compliance

Sources:

  1. PayScale comparison: https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Accounting_(MAcc)/Salary and
    https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Bachelor_of_Accountancy_(BAcc)/Salary
  2. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2017.
  3. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Forensic_Accountant/Salary
  4. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Financial_Controller/Salary
  5. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Chief_Financial_Officer_(CFO)/Salary