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Online Master’s in Accounting MS Degree Aligned With the 2024 CPA Exam

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Boost Your Future With a Master’s in Accounting Online

  • $637/credit (30 credits total)
  • Aligned with the 2024 CPA Exam
  • Accredited by ACBSP
  • Can be paired with a specialization certificate
  • Offered as a respected program since 1932
  • Accessible online 24/7 with no set class times

Master's in Accounting Programs Overview

Designed for corporate accountants, auditors, fraud examiners and financial analysts, Southern New Hampshire University's 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. Students hoping to earn their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification will find this MS in Accounting degree valuable, as earning it  may satisfy the education requirements needed to sit for the 2024 CPA Exam, depending on state regulations. 

"Some of the new skills that accountants must possess are business communication, technology, data analysis and research skills. Our program includes real-world applications to address these skills," said Ann McLaughlin, associate dean of business.

Companies of all sizes rely on professionals with financial expertise to influence their decisions and strategies. With the help of expert instructors, this program will help you enhance your analytical skills, deepen your knowledge of accounting principles and put you on the path to career success. 

What You'll Learn

  • Communication methods to provide solutions
  • Technologies to offer business operation insights
  • Analysis skills to identify solutions and implications
  • Regulations to prepare financial documentation
  • Strategies to solve complex problems and advance goals

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Interested in a Different Accounting Path?

SNHU offers several certificate options for accounting professionals who'd like to specialize their skillset by earning other designations, like Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Even better? You can pursue the certificate of your choice at the same time as an MS in Accounting and earn both for 36 credits or less.

Break Into Advanced Accounting As a Beginner

Want to move into advanced accounting, but have an unrelated undergraduate degree? Consider starting with SNHU's Graduate Accounting Certificate. Should you choose to continue on to a master's degree, your certificate credits can be applied. 

Learn more about earning a graduate Accounting Certificate online.

Career Outlook

Our master's in accounting online degree program will put you in a great position to pursue a career in any number of fields.

Though, thanks to technological advancement, some routine accounting tasks may potentially become automated in the future, the change is not expected to reduce overall demand.1 In fact, the automation of routine tasks (like data entry) will make accountants' advisory and analytical duties more prominent.1

Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that globalization, a growing economy and complex financial regulations are expected to continue leading the strong demand for accounting professionals, making it a very promising area of study.1

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 4% through 2032.1

Salary

The median annual salary was $78,000 for accountants and auditors in 2022.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

Becoming a more experienced accounting professional could lead to a range of career-focused areas, from auditing to financial analysis.

"Accountants are data storytellers. In today’s work environment, they utilize technology to expedite manual processes, improve accuracy, perform research, and analyze financial data. These skills serve to help accountants communicate with stakeholders about a company's financial health," said Ann McLaughlin, associate dean of business.

Where Could You Work?

Banks

Maintain accounts, track banking activities and perform audits to ensure accounts are accurate — making corrections as needed.

Tax Services

Examine, analyze and interpret accounting records in order to prepare/evaluate tax statements and make recommendations to clients.

Insurance Companies

Review business documents and financial records of companies to ensure they are paying the proper amount of insurance premiums. 

Government

Review the records of government agencies and audit private businesses/individuals whose activities are subject to government regulations or taxation.

Private Enterprises

Combine accounting and financial information to guide business decision making and understand how to integrate financial/non-financial data. 

Auditing Services

Examine financial statements of private businesses and individuals to ensure they are accurate and comply with laws and regulations.

Note: Licensing requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary from state to state, with many requiring 150 semester hours of education from an accredited college or university. Students are encouraged to review their state-specific board requirements prior to enrolling in a graduate accounting program. State-by-state educational requirements can be found on the website of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Completion of an aligned educational program does not guarantee success on the CPA exam.

Start Your Journey Toward an Accounting Master’s Online

Mona Stephens

Preparing You for Success

Mona Stephens, accounting faculty lead

"Accounting is a great major, because there are so many [career] options." 

Courses & Curriculum for the Master’s in Accounting

As a student of this program, you'll explore the role of ethics and global awareness in relation to responsible business practices. You'll develop marketable skills in data analysis, communication, research and strategic thinking, using industry-relevant tools and technologies to gain experience.

This knowledge will be built throughout the following 9 core classes and 1 free elective:

  • ACC-550 Cost Accounting: Study the concepts, procedures and practices of accounting systems that record, classify and report cost data.
  • ACC-640 Auditing: Explore the various aspects of completing an engagement for an audit, applying industry frameworks and governing standards to the audit planning process.
  • QSO-511 Business Analytics: Learn the fundamental concepts and tools needed to understand the emerging role of business analytics in organizations.
  • ACC-645 Advanced Auditing: Advance your knowledge of auditing topics, applying Standards for Accounting and Review Services to specialized engagements.
  • ACC-676 Audit of Accounting Information Systems: Explore the specialized area of auditing specific to accounting information systems and internal controls.
  • ACC-690 Advanced Topics in Financial Reporting: Explore advanced financial reporting topics in accounting for investments, foreign currency transactions and governmental accounting.
  • ACC-696 Situational Ethics in Accounting: Participate in an in-depth exploration of ethical issues and considerations for accountants.
  • TAX-655 Federal Income Tax Corporations and Partnerships: Explore taxation regulations, legislature, and procedures specific to corporations and partnerships.
  • ACC-740 Culminating Experience for Accounting: Integrate your knowledge across accounting, including auditing, cost, tax and ethics within an authentic, workforce relevant project. >
  • Free Elective: Select a course that complements your degree program (an advanced ACC, TAX or business course is recommended) or use this space for a certificate course not included in the MS Accounting core to more efficiently satisfy requirements if you're enrolled in both programs.

The core curriculum of SNHU's MS in Accounting has been updated to align with the 2024 CPA Exam, reflecting its emphasis on the more technologically advanced work tasks of modern accountants.

For those who would like additional CPA Exam prep, SNHU offers three optional certificates to correspond with its new discipline areas — Business Analysis and Reporting, Information Systems and Controls, and Tax Compliance and Planning. Though not required, you can pursue one of these certificates at the same time as an MS in Accounting (the programs conveniently share courses) and ultimately gain two credentials instead of one.

Don't have an accounting or business background? SNHU offers foundation courses for students who have neither an accounting degree nor a business degree. While students need only an undergraduate degree to be eligible for the MS in Accounting program, foundational requirements ensure that students are prepared for its advanced business and accounting content. The program includes up to 12 courses of accounting foundations and/or 6 credits of business courses. Other programs or courses may be be eligible to support foundation waivers if a student has an undergraduate concentration in accounting, finance or business. Students should discuss any previous college experience and earned credit with their admission counselor.

Prepare for the CPA Exam With These Graduate Certificates

As part of the revised 2024 CPA Exam, candidates will be required to select 1 of 3 specialized discipline areas in which to demonstrate greater knowledge. To offer additional preparation for this change, SNHU has developed corresponding online CPA Certificates you can earn while pursuing an MS in Accounting. 

  • Business Analysis and Reporting
  • Information Systems and Controls
  • Tax Compliance and Planning

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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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 $1,911 $637 $9,555 
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.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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