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Published on June 4th, 2014 | by Alex Conover

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New accountancy master’s available online or on campus

As the demand for an advanced degree in accountancy has increased, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has announced the addition of a Master’s of Science in Accountancy program.

Available both in Minneapolis and online beginning this fall, the M.S. in Accountancy prepares students for advancement into a management position in nearly any accounting setting. Another benefit of the program is that graduates will meet the 150-credit hour requirement for the Certified Public Accountant exam and/or the Certified Management Accountant certification.

“The Master of Science in Accountancy at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is designed to transform accounting practitioners to key ethical thought leaders in quantitative decision making,” says Matt Nowakowski, Dean of the Graduate School of Business and Technology. “The effective communication of fiscal data and analysis is a key competency for business partners, and this program aspires to be a premier contributor and partner in the education of future accounting leaders.”

This master’s program — designed with input from certified accountants — provides a logical next step for accountants looking for an affordable, accessible and quality way to advance their career.

“The bachelor’s program [in accounting] gives students the very technical skills that they need to be an accountant — the principles and the concepts,” said Saint Mary’s program director Melanie Torborg. “The master’s program really refines those skills and brings them to the next level. We assume that students coming into this program know the principles and the concepts, but now they want to use those to become business partners and help companies make decisions.”

The online delivery method for this program includes an iPad with productivity apps and a mobile learning platform, along with ample technical and academic support. The online programs also feature Saint Mary’s hallmark person-centered and engaging community learning. For more information, visit the program page.

About Saint Mary’s University
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. A private Lasallian Catholic institution, Saint Mary’s offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students  are enrolled in the schools of graduate and professional programs, which offers master’s and  doctoral degrees, as well as bachelor’s degree completion, certificate and specialist programs. The university delivers education to adults through campuses in Winona, Minneapolis and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester and Oakdale; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica. Saint Mary’s is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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