Accounting MS

UMass Boston's MS 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.

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. 


Required Accounting 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
MBA MGT 650 Organizational Analysis and Skills for Managers
MBA MGT 664 Legal Environment of Business

Required Business Courses (Choose 2 courses; 6 credits):

MBA AF 615 International Accounting
MBA AF 616 Financial Statement Analysis
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 MTO)
MBA AF 697 Accounting Data Analytics
MBA AF 699 Master Thesis Option (part 2)

Required MS Accounting Capstone  

MBA AF 691 Financial Accounting Theory & Analysis

*Students may complete the Master Thesis Option (MTO) and apply the two courses towards their MSA accounting elective requirements

Students may participate in an internship in the accounting industry and apply the one course towards their accounting elective requirements

**courses will alternate between meeting face to face on campus and online

Pre-/Co-requisite courses

These courses must be completed or waived based on review of transcripts, and do not apply toward the 30 credit minimum requirement for MSA degree completion.

MBA MS 600 Mathematical Analysis for Managers
MBA AF 601 Economics for Managers
MBA AF 610 Accounting for Managers
MBA AF 620 Financial Management

Learning Goals

The learning goals 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.