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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Accounting

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October 21

for Accounting, Engineering, Management, Computer Science, and Public Affairs master’s programs

Merrimack College’s Master of Science in Accounting is focused on building professional proficiency for accountants who are in the early stages of their career.

The program is designed so that college graduates can obtain the additional semester hours now required for CPA certification (certification now requires 150 hours).

The Master of Science in Accounting’s core is designed around the topics covered by the CPA exam. The curriculum combines a solid foundation in best accounting practices with a complementary set of graduate management courses designed to prepare early career professionals to be effective managers.

The program emphasizes cases to drive the acquisition and application of knowledge necessary to exercise professional skills and develop a foundation of both advanced accounting and managerial skills.

Graduate Degree Requirements

Professional Ethics (4 credits)
Financial Reporting and Statement Analysis (4 credits)
Marketing Analysis and Decision Making (4 credits)
Professional Skills (2 credits)
Effective Managerial Communication (2 credits)
Taxation of Business Enterprises, Fiduciaries, and Not-For-Profits (4 credits)
Competition, Innovation, and Strategic Advantage (4 credits)
Assurance Services (4 credits)

Electives (choose a total of 4 credits)

Information Systems for Accountants (2 credits)
Not-for-Profit and Government Accounting (2 credits)
Estate and Gift Taxation (2 credits)
International Accounting (2 credits)
Business Law (2 credits)
Business Internship (2 or 4 credits)

MSA program: 32 credits

Program pre-requisites: undergraduate major in accounting or 20 credits of accounting courses

What Competitive Edge Will The MSA Give Me?

According to the United States Department of Labor, it is projected that employment opportunities for accountants and auditors will increase 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. New graduates are experiencing an unprecedented level of demand from public accounting firms. In 2012, there was an 18.8 percent increase in accounting graduates hired (Moore). New graduates from Master’s in Accounting programs represent approximately 90 percent of new CPA firms’ hires.

Format of our MSA Program

The program will be comprised of primarily four-credit courses with a mixture of sequenced two-credit courses for a total of 32 credit hours. The MSA program requires an undergraduate accounting background (i.e., an accounting major or having earned at least 20 credits in accounting). Students can complete the program full time in one year.