MS, Accounting

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The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is a 10 course, 30 credit degree program. The 10 courses are composed of Accounting Requirements, Accounting Electives, and a Capstone course. Four (4) prerequisite courses must be satisfied or waived through prior relevant coursework, based on a review of transcripts.*

The MS in accounting at UMass Boston is designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in the rapidly growing and changing field of accounting. Upon completion of the MSA, students will qualify for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam. The curriculum has been designed by the College of Management Accounting and Finance (AF) faculty in consultation with the AF Department’s Advisory Board. 

The program can be completed full-time or part-time, with classes that meet primarily in the evenings, late afternoons, weekends and online. Scheduling is highly flexible, with most classes meeting once per week.

The deadline to apply for Spring 2019 is November 1st. 

A minimum of 30 credits (10 courses) total are required to meet university degree completion criteria. Waiving multiple courses may require completion of additional elective courses to meet the 30 credit minimum requirement. 


Requirements

MS, Accounting (MSA): 10 Courses; 30 Credits

The MSA is a 10 course, 30 credit degree program. To receive the MSA, students must complete a minimum of 10 courses: Required Accounting and Business Courses, Required Accounting Electives, and the Required MSA Capstone course. Four (4) pre-requisite courses must be satisfied or waived through prior relevant coursework, based on a review of transcripts.

Required Accounting and Business Courses (7 Courses; 21 Credits):
  MBA AF 611 Intermediate Accounting
  MBA AF 612 Cost Accounting
  MBA AF 613 Federal Tax Planning
  MBA AF 614 Financial & Managerial Auditing
  MBA AF 618 Accounting Information Systems
  MBAMGT 650 Organizational Analysis and Skills
  MBAMGT 664 Legal Environment of Business

 

Required Accounting Electives (2 Courses; 6 Credits): [course scheduling is subject to change by semester] 
  MBA AF 615 International Accounting
  MBA AF 616 Financial Statement Analysis
  MBA AF 617 Management Accounting and Control
  MBA AF 631 Environmental Accounting & Finance
  MBA AF 633 Advanced Federal Tax Planning
  MBA AF 637 Accounting Fraud Examination
  MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium (part 1 of Master's Thesis Option)
  MBA AF 699 Master's Thesis Option (part 2)

 

Required MSA Capstone (1 Course; 3 Credits):
  MBA AF 691 Financial Accounting Theory & Analysis


View the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy for admission criteria.  

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*MSA Pre/Co-requisite Courses
MBA AF 600 Math Analysis for Managers
MBA AF 601 Economics for Managers
MBA AF 610 Accounting for Managers
MBA AF 620 Financial Management

*Eligible Course Waivers: View the MSA Waiver Policy.
Students that complete equivalent coursework may be eligible to waive some of these courses. A minimum of 30 credits (10 courses) total are required to meet University degree completion criteria. Waiving multiple courses may require completion of additional elective courses to meet the 30 credit minimum requirement. 

The mathematics requirement can be satisfied through GRE/GMAT quantitative scores, course waiver or completion of MBAMS 600 - Mathematical Analysis for Managers.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) Program are for students to:

  1. Achieve proficiency with respect to the functional or technical knowledge and skills required for professional accounting careers.
  2. Gain knowledge and skills regarding professional integrity and ethics.
  3. Gain problem identification and solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  4. Gain proficiency in the communications, teamwork and leadership skills required for professional accounting.