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MS in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting program offered online by Northcentral University is designed for individuals looking to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant exam or to advance their current business, finance, or accounting career. Read on to learn more about this online MS in Accounting program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Master of Science in Accounting program should have some previous business or accounting knowledge and a desire to prepare for the CPA certification exam. Strong problem-solving and analytical skills are also useful. Applicants to this Northcentral University's online graduate program should already possess a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Program Description:

Northcentral University's Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to help students grow their existing accounting and auditing knowledge and skills while also helping them to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Courses include topics in foundational accounting principles as well as financial and managerial accounting, budget control, cost accounting, and auditing. Students can learn how to manage accounting operations for both domestic and international organizations and explore reporting procedures and professional standards and ethics. The program is aligned with the goals of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and ends with a capstone course.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits. An additional 9 credit hours may be required for those without a business degree, including two required undergraduate accounting courses.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for the Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Accounting:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Please contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Entry Track Courses (For those without a business undergraduate degree; 3-9 credits)

  • SKS 5001: Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies
  • MSA 5001: Financial Accounting
  • MSA 5002: Managerial Accounting

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • MSA 5010: Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • MSA 5015: Auditing
  • MSA 5020: Advanced Governmental Accounting
  • MSA 5025: Individual Income Tax
  • MSA 5030: Corporate Income Tax
  • MSA 5035: Advanced Cost Systems
  • MSA 5040: Advanced Financial Management
  • MSA 5050: Auditing and Compliance Management
  • MSA 5060: Legal Aspects of Accounting and Taxation
  • MSA 5070: Managing the Business Environment

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of this Master of Science in Accounting program could have the knowledge and skills needed take the CPA exam and grow their current accounting career or increase their employment opportunities. Employment could be found in accounting firms, public and private businesses, corporations, banking and financial institutions, government agencies, and other financial services organizations. Graduates could pursue positions such as.

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Cost Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Government Auditor

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