Prepare Yourself for Today's and Tomorrow's Career
The demand for accounting professionals who possess a Master of Accountancy is strong and growing. According to the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), 41% of individuals hired nationally in 2012 possessed master’s degrees. Although positions may not require a master’s degree, many firms prefer to hire individuals with a graduate degree. Saint Mary’s online accounting program prepares its graduates for one of today’s highest paying careers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for accountants and auditors in the United States is just under $64,000. Accountants with master’s degrees gain access to even higher paying accounting management jobs.
Possessing a master’s degree allows more career opportunities and makes you marketable as an accounting professional. Accountants are needed in a wide variety of industries, including government agencies such as the IRS, in private financial firms and in hedge fund accounting, forensic accounting, and traditional accounting firms. Some typical job titles include:
- Accounting Manager
- Internal Auditor
- Personal Financial Advisor
- Tax Advisor
- Budget Analyst
- Forensic Accountant
- Certified Fraud Examiner
- Accounting Educator
A Master of Science in Accountancy from Saint Mary’s prepares you for your career today and tomorrow. The strategic design of our curriculum 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.
Below is industry information about various careers in Accountancy according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Business and Financial Occupations
- Accountants and Auditors (Career Overview)
- Financial Managers
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks (Career Overview)
- Budget Analysts
- Financial Analysts
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks (Employment and Wages)
- Accountants and Auditors (Employment and Wages)
- Information Clerks
* 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.