Master of Science in Accounting

Program Overview

Learn to lead in the complex field of accounting.

Dive deep into the numbers to ensure compliance, make data-driven decisions, and provide ethical accounting leadership in any public, private, or government organization with the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Utica College.

Dive deep into the numbers to ensure compliance, make data-driven decisions, and provide ethical accounting leadership in any public, private, or government organization with the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Utica College.

Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

30

Cost Per Credit

$775

Time to Complete

2 years

 
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          Apply Your Skills and Prepare for Your CPA

          Combined with a typical undergraduate accounting degree, you'll complete 33 credit hours in accounting and 36 general business credits, helping you meet the academic course requirements for licensure as a CPA in most states.

          Career Outlook: Earn up to $208,000 Annually

          As a graduate of Utica College's online MSA program, you'll be prepared to apply what you learn in the public, private, or government sector. With comprehensive financial knowledge and accounting skills, you'll be equipped to fill in-demand roles like Accountant, Financial Analyst, Controller and Financial Manager—as well as earn up to $208,000 a year.1

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum

          Gain essential accounting skills as you explore financial models, quantitative analysis, corporate tax issues, and more. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to conduct financial and compliance audits, and interpret and prepare financial statements, reports, budgets, analyses, and forecasts. Coursework also prepares you to take the CPA exam.

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          Curriculum

          Gain essential accounting skills as you explore financial models, quantitative analysis, corporate tax issues, and more. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to conduct financial and compliance audits, and interpret and prepare financial statements, reports, budgets, analyses, and forecasts. Coursework also prepares you to take the CPA exam.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Admissions Requirements

          To apply for the online M.S. in Accounting, you'll need the following:

          • Completed application
          • 2.70 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale
          • B.S. in Accounting
          • A non-accounting bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution is acceptable as long as the following course prerequisites are met:
            • At least 30 credit hours in business courses, including microeconomics, statistics, and finance
            • At least 18 credit hours in accounting courses, including intermediate accounting I and II, a tax accounting course, and auditing

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          This 30-credit program costs $775 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty: Learn From Accounting Experts

          Get to know our faculty of accounting professionals with decades of experience working in a variety of positions within the financial sector as they share their perspective and expertise. Their industry-tested insights can help you succeed as you enter the field.

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          The length of your program will vary based on your education background and how many credits you need to graduate. In addition, the number of courses you can take each term will impact the length of time it takes to complete the program.

          No, not for this program.

          On average, you should expect to dedicate a minimum of 12–15 hours per week, per course. The rigor and expectations for campus and online instruction are the same

          Yes. Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Accounting at Utica College purchase textbooks via our online bookstore. Utica College will ship the books to your home so that you have them in time for the start of class. Students can also purchase textbooks and supplemental materials on their own, as long as they obtain all of the materials necessary for them to complete their assigned work.

          The program is designed to be completed in just two years at a part-time pace, but you can take up to five years if you prefer.

          According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, job opportunities for Accountants and Auditors are expected to increase by 10 percent between 2016 and 2026—much faster than the national average.

          To learn more about salaries and other jobs you could qualify for, visit our M.S. in Accounting career outlook page.

          SOURCES:

          1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (April 12, 2019). Financial Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on May 21, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm