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Master of Science in Accounting Online

Advance Your Accounting Skills and Knowledge

Already have an undergraduate degree in accounting and ready to take the next step? This flexible online graduate program can equip you with specialized analytical skills and business knowledge for growing your career in corporate or public accounting. Learn more now.

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Interact with Knowledgeable Faculty Mentors

Our knowledgeable instructors* will serve as mentors and teachers, dedicated to developing your analytical, business, and math skills and ultimately to seeing you succeed. In the modern, interactive online classroom, they’ll provide one-on-one support and draw on their own past work experiences to prepare you for diverse accounting scenarios, settings, and dilemmas. Plus, with our online accounting courses giving you the freedom to set your own schedule, you can earn your master’s in accounting online without taking time off from your career.

Upon successfully finishing the program, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Apply accounting principles and practices to support and critically analyze the decisions faced by evolving business organizations.
  • Integrate accounting, economics, finance, law, risk, and management principles to develop innovative solutions to organizational challenges.
  • Integrate auditing processes, including the synthesis of information systems and communications, internal controls, and corporate governance.
  • Critique the concepts, principles, and methods of professional and academic accounting research and apply them in your profession.
  • Assess your ethical, legal, and professional responsibilities as an accountant.
This online accounting master’s degree program can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Challenge Yourself in Engaging Online Accounting Classes

Our online accounting courses are carefully selected and designed to prepare you for a full array of careers in the field. Throughout the program, your courses will explore a variety of key principles and topics in accounting, auditing, and taxation, including:

  • Ethics and accounting
  • Financial accounting
  • Governmental and not-for-profit accounting
  • External auditing and assurance
  • Federal taxation
  • Accounting information systems
  • Financial reporting
  • Cost management
  • Forensic and fraud auditing
  • Advanced taxation

Prepare for the CPA Exam

When combined with a completed bachelor’s degree, the accounting and business coursework in the Master of Science in Accounting program may allow you to qualify to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination.

To file reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), accountants are required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and many accountants become a CPA with the hopes of enhancing their career or gaining additional clients. Luckily, if you already work in accounting, your employer may cover some or all of the costs associated with taking the CPA exam.

Before applying for the CPA exam, you should familiarize yourself with the specific candidacy requirements of the State Board of Accountancy in your state. In addition to passing the national exam, you may be required to meet other state requirements to become a CPA.

Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Master’s Accounting Degree Requirements for Admission

To be admitted in our master’s degree in accounting program, you must complete the application for admission, and have:

  • An earned undergraduate accounting degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • -Or-
  • An earned undergraduate accounting degree from an acceptable accredited institution with a CGPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale during the applicant’s last 60 semester or 90 quarter hours earned on the bachelor’s degree or subsequent accounting graduate work
To support you in pursuing your master’s degree in accounting, financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. If you are already employed in the accounting field, check with your manager or HR department to see if they provide financial assistance that can help you with earning your master’s in accounting.

For answers to questions regarding admissions or financial aid, please contact us at 1.800.688.0932.

Accounting Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for individuals with accounting skills is growing faster than average, with employment of accountants expected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026. Some employers may prefer to hire applicants who’ve completed accounting master’s programs over those who hold a bachelor’s degree alone. Earning a certification within the accounting field (for example, by passing the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam) may further improve your job prospects.

For a professional with a master’s in accounting, salary can vary based on factors like experience level, employment type, certification, licensure, and geographic region. Request information to learn more about our Master of Science in Accounting program today.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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