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Program Benefits

  • CPA Exam Credit & Discount
  • Affordable Tuition 
  • Gain Accounting Leadership Skills 
  • Innovative Course Topics

What makes the M.S. in Accounting unique from other online master’s programs?
The Master’s in Accounting from Saint Mary’s the program was designed by real-world practitioners, who developed the curriculum based on the needs of the current marketplace. The curriculum is tailored to provide students with management and accounting expertise. Therefore, students are equipped with the skills to thrive in their current position as well as prepare them for the next level in their careers.

Can credits used in my program assist with the credits needed for the CPA exam and/or CMA certification?
Yes. While completing your master’s degree, you can work toward the 150 credits required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)*, and gain content knowledge to prepare you for the CPA exam and/or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

Will I learn practical skills in this program?
This program is an applied learning program, meaning you will learn practical and relevant skills you can apply to your career immediately.

Where is this program accredited?
No. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Will my degree say that it is from an online program?
No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's University is identical to the degree offered on campus.

Is there a campus residency requirement, or is the program entirely online?
While the program is primarily online, for the Master’s Capstone course, you will be required to present findings to colleagues and professionals in the field.

How long does the program take?
The online M.S. in Accounting consists of 30 credits, or 10 courses of 3 credit hours each, and takes about 20 months to complete.

Can I transfer credits from another university and graduate program?
It is possible to transfer credits from another university if the course descriptions match the descriptions of Saint Mary's courses. The program director will review any possible credit transfers.

Will I be required to attend online classes during set times?
No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

Is this a self-paced program?
No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

What are the admissions requirements?
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, along with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00. Further information about admissions requirements and the application process can be found on the Admissions Page.

What type of support is available to me? What if I have a question about homework or need help with a technical issue?
All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's University are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's University student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

Is financial aid available?
Yes. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and a number of different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

How do I get started?
Your journey to a more rewarding accounting career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor, or you can request more information and we’ll reach out to you.

*Students should be aware that CPA 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. Learn more about professional licensure here.