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 (6 courses; 18 credits): 

MBA AF 611 Intermediate Accounting - offered face to face in fall 
MBA AF 612 Cost Accounting - offered face to face in spring
MBA AF 613 Federal Tax Planning - offered face to face in fall & spring
MBA AF 614 Financial & Managerial Auditing - offered face to face fall & spring
MBA AF 618 Accounting Information Systems - offered face to face in fall & spring 
MBA AF 691 Financial Accounting Theory & Analysis (capstone course, completed in final semester) - offered face to face in spring

Required Business Courses (2 courses; 6 credits):

MBA MGT 650 Organizational Analysis & Skills - offered face to face or online fall & Spring
MBA MGT 664 Legal Environment of Business - offered face to face in spring & summer

Required Accounting Electives (2 course; 6 credits): 

MBA AF 615 International Accounting - offered face to face in spring
MBA AF 616 Financial Statement Analysis - offered online in fall, face to face in spring
MBA AF 631 Environmental Accounting & Finance - offered face to face in spring
MBA AF 637 Accounting Fraud Examination - offered online in fall

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

MBA AF 690 Research Colloquium- offered hybrid* in fall
MBA AF 699 Master Thesis Option (MTO) - offered hybrid* in the spring

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

MBA MGT 698 Practicum - offered online fall, spring, and summer

*course will alternate between meeting face to face on campus and also online

Course scheduling subject to change


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.