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MS in Accounting

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Accounting at Purdue Global University have the chance to learn advanced principles and theories in accounting. Discover more about Purdue Global University's MS in Accounting program below.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

In addition to Purdue University Global's general admission requirements, students who wish to enroll in the program usually need a bachelor's degree in accounting, business, management, or finance. However, those without a degree in these fields must show their competency by passing a Peregrine entrance exam. If they do not get a passing score, students are required to take up to six modules in finance and IT. Some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue Global University designed the Master of Science in Accounting program to help students become problem solvers, critical, thinkers, and consummate professionals in the field. The program's objective is to help students study advanced theories and principles of accounting, get hands-on experience with accounting computer programs, and learn the skills and habits that make for great accountants. Some knowledge and skills a student may develop in the program include accounting data analysis, IRS compliance strategies, department management, and research methods. Students must choose a concentration from these four options: tax, audit, finance, and government. Each concentration requires three extra courses.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

52 credits

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.'

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Accounting program:

Students need to complete 52 quarter credit hours to graduate with a Master of Science in Accounting at Purdue University Global. 36 of these are core credits in things like auditing, corporate tax, and regulation, and 16 are open electives. At the end of the program, accounting students will complete a graduate capstone to demonstrate their mastery of the material. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Coursework includes:

Core Requirements (36 Credits)

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Ethical Issues in Business and Accounting
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • Corporate Tax Decisions and Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Economics for Global Decision Makers
  • Graduate Capstone in Accounting

Elective Courses (16 credits)

  • Accounting Electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Accounting program is intended to prepare students to enter the workforce and be lifelong learners in the evolving field of accounting. In addition, the program is designed to prepare graduates to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, the Certified Management Accountant examination, and the Certified Internal Auditor examination.

Some careers a graduate might pursue include:

  • Auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Actuary
  • Tax examiner
  • Revenue agent

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