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Master's in Accounting Online MS Degree Program

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Register By: November 28 Classes Start: November 30

Boost Your Future with a MS in Accounting

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • Continue your path toward a CPA
  • Aligned to AICPA™ (CSOs/SSOs)
  • Enrolling accounting students since 1932

Master's in Accounting Program Overview

Designed for corporate accountants, auditors, fraud examiners and financial analysts, our Master of Science (MS) in Accounting program can help you move into high-level positions in banking, taxation, insurance or any company with a financial division. CPAs looking to advance their careers and those hoping to eventually earn CPA certification (subject to state-by-state requirements) will find this degree valuable.

Continue your journey toward a CPA with our graduate accounting degree, which satisfies the education requirements to sit for the exam in most states.

"The overall purpose of accounting is to tell the financial story of an organization (or individual) to allow for informed decision making," said Mona Stephens, CPA, MSA, and accounting faculty lead at SNHU. "Accountants now need to have good communications skills, technology skills and the ability to analyze large amounts of data."

You'll enhance your analytical skills, deepen your knowledge of accounting principles and learn from instructors with real-world expertise.

Learn how to:

  • Appraise the effectiveness and limitations of financial accounting and reporting practices
  • Generate complex financial statements for internal and external users
  • Minimize the tax liability of individuals and organizations
  • Communicate the significance of accounting information as it relates to strategic plans
  • Prepare components of financial statements in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Assess an audit plan for compliance with Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) audit standards

SNHU’s master’s in accounting online aligns with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

You can also specialize your skills with one of our 4 industry-driven concentrations: auditing, forensic accounting, management accounting and taxation.

Concentration Options

Career Outlook

Complex financial regulations have increased demand for accounting professionals. Career opportunities in this field are expected to grow 6% through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1

In addition, the median annual salary was $71,550 for accountants and auditors in May 2019.1

After you earn your master's in accounting online, you set yourself up for positions like:

  • Financial analyst: Evaluate financial data, study economic trends, examine financial statements to determine organizational value and regularly communicate with company leadership to gain insight for the future.
  • Risk manager: Perform risk evaluation, prepare plans to lessen the chance of risk and seek out financial, safety and security risks within an organization.
  • Senior accountant: Apply accounting principles, evaluate and/or implement recording procedures, prepare financial statements and help define goals for organizational departments.
  • Senior audit manager: Develop and execute audit plans, participate in critical business and technology initiatives, and work strategically with business partners to project, identify and prevent control breakdowns that could cause damage to the company.
  • Tax manager: Manage the preparation and review tax returns and forms, develop and implement strategic tax planning and monitor tax law developments.

HowToBecomeAnAccountantMonaStephensBody"Accounting is a great major because there are so many options," said Mona Stephens, CPA, MSA, and accounting faculty lead at SNHU.

Those other options include such cross-functional roles as:

  • Controller: Audit finances, analyze information, develop and track budgets and standards, track expenses and use financial software.
  • Direction of accounting and finance: Lead the charge on accounting, credit administration, financial data processing, financial planning, IT technology and security, profitability and strategic planning.

Note: Students cannot earn CPA certification simply by earning a college degree. If you wish to follow the traditional CPA track upon graduation, you'll need to verify you meet all requirements to sit for the exam. Licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state, so it's best to review your state-specific requirements. For state-by-state educational requirements, consult the website of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). For state-by-state CPA licensing requirements, consult the Accounting Licensing Library, powered by the NASBA. The content of our programs aligns with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and fulfills the educational requirements for CPA certification in most states.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Accounting Degree

Courses & Curriculum

While you'll practice traditional accounting practices throughout your coursework, you'll also have the benefit of learning current accounting software, giving you a deeper understanding of the business.

Our online Master's in Accounting degree curriculum is designed to enhance your understanding and skills in a range of areas such as:

  • 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

The content of this program aligns with the Content and Skill Specification Outlines (CSOs/SSOs) set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

To become a CPA, the AICPA has 3 requirements, known as the 3 Es: experience, exam and education. SNHU's master's curriculum was designed by subject-matter experts working in the field specifically to meet the certification's educational requirements. In turn, the content in the MS program prepares you for the various sections of the CPA exam3:

  • Auditing and attestation
  • Business environment and concepts
  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • Regulation

Becoming a CPA allows you to join a network of over 430,000 who've earned the same certification.3

In addition, should you choose to add the management accounting concentration to your degree, the program was designed to allow you to meet the education requirements for the Certified Management Accountant exam. The Institution of Management Accountants lists its 12 competencies4 as:

  • Corporate finance
  • Cost management
  • Decision analysis
  • External financial reporting decisions
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Internal controls
  • Investment decisions
  • Performance management
  • Planning, budgeting and forecasting
  • Professional ethics
  • Risk management
  • Technology and analytics

Passing the exam puts you in good company: The IMA has awarded 70,000 CMAs to date.4

Don't have an accounting or business background? SNHU offers foundation courses for students who have neither an accounting degree nor a business degree. Students with 6 or more college-level credits in the disciplines of mathematics, economics and accounting are exempt from these courses. Other courses are eligible for exemptions or waivers if a student has an undergraduate major or concentration in accounting, finance or accounting/finance. Students should discuss with their admission counselor or academic advisor how previously earned credits could apply to their master's degree.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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