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Online Master of Science in Accounting Career Outlook

Accelerate Your Accounting Career

With many accounting firms preferring candidates with a graduate-level education, the online Master of Science in Accounting from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota prepares you for one of the country’s most secure professions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth for accountants and auditors alone will add a projected 135,000 openings each year, on average, from 2020 to 2030.1

The strategic design of our online M.S. in Accounting program also equips you for management-level accounting careers. You’ll gain the soft skills necessary to lead and the technical skills required to take your accounting expertise to the next level.

Accounting-Related Titles: Promising Returns

A master’s degree in accounting prepares you for many career opportunities. It makes you more attractive to potential employers in many industries, including government agencies, private financial firms, hedge fund accounting, forensic accounting, and traditional accounting firms.

Leaders in the accounting field are some of today’s highest-paid professionals. Some of the best opportunities include:

  • Financial Managers, $131,7102
  • Financial Analysts, $81,4103
  • Budget Analysts, $79,9404
  • Finance and Insurance Accountants and Auditors, $79,3101
  • Accountants and Auditors (General), $77,2501

CPA and CMA Certification

As you earn your master’s, you’ll receive credits toward the requirements 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.*

CPA and CMA certification will almost certainly boost your accounting salary. Payscale reported that, in June 2022, CPAs made an average base salary of $91,000, and CMAs made $96,000.5,6 Start your path to certification with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and you’ll receive a $700 discount for the CMA Platinum Review Course and a $750 discount on the CPA Gold Review Course.**

Program Outcomes: Precision and Performance

Whatever the job calls for, you’ll be ready to handle the numbers and keep finances on track. When you complete your online M.S. in Accounting, you’ll be ready 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

Get Started Now

Request more information to download your free program brochure and learn more about Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s online programs. An enrollment counselor will contact you shortly to share more information and answer your questions. When you’re ready, you can click Apply Now to start your online application.