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MS in Accounting - Accounting for the Professional

Walden University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting program with a specialization in Accounting for the Professional offers students the opportunity to increase their knowledge and awareness of financial laws and accounting practices. Read more about this program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting with a specialization in Accounting for the Professional

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Degree Level:


Program Description:

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting program with a specialization in Accounting for the Professional is designed to instruct students about theories and trends in domestic and global auditing and bookkeeping. Students can learn how to apply accounting principles in order to manage corporate risk and support organizational needs. Additionally, students have the chance to study current U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations and other accounting acts. The program is intended to develop students' financial creativity, analytical abilities, and problem-solving skills.


Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association,

Learning Format:


Estimated Program Length:

Less than two years: Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Personalized estimates of time to completion can be discussed with Walden University enrollment advisors.

Total Credits Required:

30 semester credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Walden University offers a number of financial aid opportunities including scholarships, fellowships, and employer tuition reimbursement for those who qualify. Enrollment advisors can also assist with federal aid, private loans, veteran benefits, and other opportunities.

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Courses for a Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting with a Specialization in Accounting for the Professional:

Degree program curriculum and credits are subject to change. Contact Walden University for the most current information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
Effective Communication for the Accountant 3
Legal and Ethical Issues in Accounting 3
Financial Management Tools for Decision-Making 3
Managerial Accounting for Organizational Performance 3
Current Trends in Accounting Standards 3
Managing Operational and Financial Business Risks 3
Managing Regulatory Compliance 3
Accounting Theory and Application 3
Forensic and Advanced Auditing Topics 3
International Perspectives in Accounting 3

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Walden University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting program with a specialization in Accounting for the Professional is designed to teach students advanced accounting principles and practices. Graduates may be able to find work with private businesses, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies.

Careers that program graduates may seek include:

  • Management Accountant
  • Compliance Auditor
  • Cost Accountant

Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden's B.S. in Accounting can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements by offering 120 credit hours that include upper level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face to face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state's Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure, however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state they wish to practice.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.