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Master Of Science in Accounting Online

Stand Out With Advanced Accounting Expertise and Business Acumen

Leading your organization demands more than financial knowledge. Business acumen and human management skills are also vital to success. That’s why the online Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota infuses soft skills and advanced accounting expertise to connect with the human side of accounting.

The online master’s in accounting was developed in collaboration with CPA firm partners, CFOs, and other accounting leaders who know the day-to-day demands of the financial services industry.

Unlike other graduate programs that focus solely on advanced accounting skills, the core curriculum of Saint Mary’s program emphasizes highly relevant business topics such as financial communication, leadership, ethics, information systems, and strategic management. This program is ideal for those seeking to advance their accounting careers, as well as career-switchers seeking to enter into this exciting field. This is what makes the online master’s in accounting perfect for new and second-career change seekers.

Gain in-depth knowledge of corporate responsibility, strategic planning, and loss prevention and become an accounting expert with Saint Mary’s online Master of Science in Accounting. While you earn your degree, you’ll gain the credits and knowledge required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, as well as the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification.*

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30

credits

$730

per credit

20

months

SeptJanMay

start dates

Online

30

credits

$730

per credit

20

months

SeptJanMay

start dates

Online

Become an Accounting Leader

Developed by accounting professionals and educators, the M.S. in Accounting program equips you with technical and managerial skills that serve leaders well from all disciplines.. You’ll take online courses that explore forensic accounting, advanced audit controls, financial communication, and more, all in a flexible format that meets the needs of busy professionals. Our unique approach gives students from both accounting and non-accounting backgrounds the opportunity to advance faster in their careers.

Program Highlights

  • CPA Exam Credit & Discount
  • Accessible Tuition
  • 100% Online
  • Innovative Course Topics
  • Specialize your degree with certificates in Artificial Intelligence, Business Analytics, and Healthcare Analytics
  • Ideal for both accounting and non-accounting backgrounds
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

Course Requirements

Our 30-credit curriculum is full of cutting-edge accounting methods along with management, leadership, and strategy to give you everything you’ll need to lead. With innovative courses like forensic accounting and non-profit accounting and accounting data analytics you can apply what you learn in class to your career the next day.

Specialize with Graduate Certificates

Saint Mary’s offers graduate certificates so you can specialize your online master’s in accounting and accelerate your advancement potential. All online MSA students earn credit towards the Accounting Leadership certificate through their coursework. In addition, you can substitute two courses if you add a certificate to your Master of Accounting. For just six additional credits, specialize your degree in one of the following topic areas:

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.

Admissions

  • Saint Mary’s online Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program requires the following:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale (If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the MSA program director

  • A bachelor’s degree in accounting is not required for admission to the MSA degree program. Based on the courses you have taken and your experience, you may be required to take prerequisite courses or a general principles of accounting course to be successful in the program.

  • GMAT and GRE scores are not required.

  • You may transfer a maximum of six semester credits earned before admittance upon recommendation of the program director and with approval of the dean.

    All transfer credits are also subject to both graduate school and programmatic criteria.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing.

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s enrollment counselor, your application must include the following items:

    • Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to oladmissions@smumn.edu or mailed to:
      Transcript Processing Center
      Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
      851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
      Maitland, FL 32751
    • A written statement: Your written statement is an opportunity to share your path to accounting, any previous experiences or education, and how you envision your future career.How will Saint Mary’s online Master of Science in Accounting program help you achieve your goals? Share any strengths you bring to the program and other personal information that you feel adds to your application
    • Two references: Please provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors
    • An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online MSA:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Saint Mary’s online MSA offers Spring, Fall, and Winter start dates:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth.

Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the Master’s in Accounting program.

Careers & Salary

From courses in leadership to communication, the core of this curriculum prepares you for advancement into diverse leadership and management positions, including strategic cost management and information systems management.

If you're looking to advance into management or take on financial strategy in a new sector, opportunities in accounting are growing. Projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that employers will post an average of 126,500 accountant and auditor jobs each year from 2022 to 2032.1 Plus, many accounting careers offer impressive salaries, such as:

Financial Managers

$139,7902

Financial Analysts

$96,2203

Budget Analysts

$82,2604

Finance and Insurance Accountants and Auditors

$81,0201

Accountants and Auditors Overall

$78,0001
Explore Accounting Careers
16%

employment growth is projected for financial managers from 2023 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations2

Prepare for CPA and CMA Licensure

Receive credits toward those required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, and learn content knowledge to help prepare you for the CPA exam and/or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification while earning your degree.* As a student in this program, you’ll receive a $700 discount for the CMA Platinum Review Course and a $750 discount on the CPA Gold Review Course.**

What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Use advanced accounting knowledge to address organizational issues
  • Evaluate complex accounting situations
  • Assess emerging and global accounting issues that can contribute to organizational success
  • Articulate a process for making ethical decisions
  • Manage accounting teams to achieve established goals
  • Communicate complex financial information in a clear and concise manner

Frequently Asked Questions

The Master’s in Accounting from Saint Mary’s was designed by real-world practitioners who developed the curriculum based on the needs of the current marketplace. The curriculum is tailored to provide you with management and accounting expertise so that you are equipped with the skills to thrive in your current position and advance to the next level in your career. Advanced consideration was made to incorporate the new CPA evolution areas into the program, creating an even more dynamic masters program.

This program is an applied learning program, meaning you will learn practical and relevant skills you can apply to your career immediately.

No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's University is identical to the degree offered on campus.

The online M.S. in Accounting consists of 30 credits, or 10 courses of 3 credit hours each, and takes about 20 months to complete. if you take one course at a time. However, you can accelerate to complete much quicker.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, along with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00. Further information about admissions requirements and the application process can be found on this page.

Yes. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and several different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

Yes. While completing your master’s degree, you can work toward the 150 credits required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)* and gain content knowledge to prepare you for the CPA exam and/or the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

There is no residency requirement for this program. However, as part of the Sant Mary’s team, you will have opportunities to engage with on-campus events and presentations at your discretion or attend online options.

It is possible to transfer credits from another university if the course descriptions match the descriptions of Saint Mary's courses. The program director will review any possible credit transfers.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's University are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's University student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

Your journey to a more rewarding accounting career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor, or you can request more information and we’ll reach out to you.

Sources and Disclaimers

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Accountants and Auditors.” Retrieved September 7, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Financial Managers.” Retrieved September 7, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Financial Analysts.” Retrieved September 7, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm.
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Budget Analysts.” Retrieved September 7, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm.

*Certification requirements vary by state; it is the responsibility of individual students to review all requirements and criteria for the state in which they are seeking certification. Learn more about professional licensure here.
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