MS in Accounting - Careers

Be Prepared for a Successful Accounting Career

When you earn an online accounting master's degree, careers encompass of a wide range of opportunities in areas including finance, taxation, auditing, insurance and banking. You will also be well prepared to sit for exams that lead to professional certifications, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). The MS in Accounting is designed to help you interact effectively with executive management and strengthen your ability to succeed in middle and senior management positions.

MS in accounting employment opportunities include public accounting, corporate accounting, auditing or financial analysis. You may also secure an upper-level position in a company's finance department with your master's degree in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. Our accounting graduates have a solid history of passing certification exams and are attractive candidates for positions at public accounting firms and in accounting-related fields.

Develop Your Accounting Knowledge and Skills

Course work for your online master's degree in accounting will deepen your knowledge of accounting and its many applications. Our accounting graduate degree curriculum is designed to enhance your understanding and skills in a range of areas:

  • Accounting principles and practices
  • Professional auditing methods
  • Cost analysis for informed decision-making
  • Using information technology to evaluate financial information
  • Applications of financial regulations in business
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Individual and corporate tax preparation

Enjoy Strong MS in Accounting
Employment Opportunities

Employment prospects are bright for professionals with a Master of Science in Accounting degree. The median average salary for accountants and auditors was $60,340 in 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the top 10 percent of accountants earning more than $104,450.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, students with a master's degree earn 175 percent more than those without a high school diploma and 23 percent more than those with only a bachelor's degree. Add to that the federal government's expectation for an exponential rise in the demand for certified accountants, and it is without a doubt a promising time to get your master's degree in Accounting.

A Master of Science in Accounting degree prepares students for numerous careers in accounting and financial fields:

  • Public accounting: auditing, environmental accounting, forensic accounting, international accounting, personal financial planning, tax work
  • Corporate accounting: budget analysis, cost accounting, financial reporting and management, internal auditing, tax planning
  • Government agencies: auditing, budget analysis, financial reporting and management, research

Accounting Resources

Discover the latest news in the accounting field and access helpful resources on a range of accounting topics at the following web links:

Career Opportunities

SNHU’s Career Development Center – Accounting Outlook
A listing of potential careers for students earning an Accounting degree.

Professional Organizations and Associations

American Institute of CPAs
The AICPA develops standards for audits of private companies and other services by CPAs, provides educational guidance materials to its members, develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and monitors and enforces compliance with the profession’s technical and ethical standards.

Internal Revenue Service
The Internal Revenue Service is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.

Institute of Management Accountants
IMA is the worldwide association for Accountants and Financial Professionals, with a mission of providing a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing, and the advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance.

NH Society of Certified Public Accountants
This statewide association of CPAs in public practice, industry, government and education advocates policies that serve its members and enhance a professional environment.

NH Society of Accountants
NHSA provides educational and networking opportunities to individuals working in the fields of accounting, auditing, tax preparation, bookkeeping, financial planning and other related disciplines.

Commerce Clearing House
CCH provides information services, software and workflow tools for tax, accounting, legal and business professionals.

Research Institute of America
RIA is a provider of technology and information solutions, as well as integrated tax compliance software and services to accounting, tax and corporate finance professionals in accounting firms, corporations, law firms and government.

Government Finance Officers Association
The GFOA enhances and promotes the professional management of governments for the public benefit by identifying and developing financial policies and best practices and promoting their use through education, training, facilitation of member networking, and leadership.

International Financial Reporting Standards
IFRS is a set of accounting standards, developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), which is becoming the global standard for the preparation of public company financial statements.

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