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Master of Science in Accounting: Career Outlook

Accelerate Your Accounting Career

  • $95,000 is the median advertised salary for accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll jobs requesting a master's degree in 20181
  • 10% growth in job opportunities for accountants and auditors from 2016 to 20262
  • 8% higher average salary for accountants with their master's degree versus those with only a bachelor's degree3

With many accounting firms preferring candidates with a graduate-level education, the online Master of Science in Accounting from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota prepares you for today's highest-paying careers. Plus, advancing your knowledge of accounting will improve your standing in one of the country's most secure professions: In Q1 of 2018, the unemployment rate for accountants and auditors was only 1.9 percent, compared to the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.4

Possessing a master's degree in accounting prepares you for a plethora of career opportunities and makes you more attractive to potential employers in many industries, including government agencies, private financial firms, hedge fund accounting, forensic accounting, and traditional accounting firms.

You'll also earn your master's while receiving credits toward the credits 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.*

Titles and Salaries: Promising Returns

The strategic design of our online M.S. in Accounting program equips you for a management-level accounting career by providing you with the soft skills necessary to lead as well as the technical skills required to take your accounting expertise to the next level.



Accountant / Auditor


Forensic Accountant


Budget Analyst


Financial Controller


Financial Manager


Financial Analyst


Chief Financial Officer


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

Program Outcomes: Precision and Performance

Whatever the job calls for, you'll be ready to handle the numbers and keep finances on track. When you complete your online M.S. in Accounting, you'll be ready to:

  • 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

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Earn an accounting degree that prepares you for new opportunities and success. Request more information or call 877-308-9954.

*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.