UMass Boston

Accounting MS

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Become a CPA–and so much more.

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program at UMass Boston provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the accounting profession. Students in the program learn the latest in accounting theory and practice from experienced faculty, and gain practical experience through internships and case studies. Graduates of the program will qualify for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam, and leave prepared to pursue a variety of career paths in accounting, including public accounting, corporate accounting, and government accounting.

In the MSA with UMass Boston, you will:

  • Achieve proficiency with respect to the functional or technical knowledge and skills required for professional accounting careers
  • Gain knowledge and skills regarding professional integrity and ethics
  • Gain problem identification and solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Gain proficiency in the communications, teamwork and leadership skills required for professional accounting

Career Possibilities

Work in a wide range of industries and are responsible for providing financial advice, tax planning, and accounting services as a CPA. Help businesses and individuals make investment decisions as a financial analyst. Or, use auditing and investigative skills to detect and prevent financial fraud as a forensic accountant. These are just a few of the possibilities an MSA offers.

Become a(n):

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Corporate Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Internal Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Government Accountant
  • Nonprofit Accountant

Plan Your Education

How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
  • Our minimum TOEFL score is 90 and our minimum IELTS score is 6.5
  • Essay (Students may write their essay using either the standard essay prompt in the online application or the one below.)
    • Part 1 (up to 300 words): Why are you interested in attending graduate school at UMass Boston?
    • Part 2 (approx. 1,200 words): State a current issue, problem or topic from your intended field of study (This can be specific to your country, state or local community) and discuss your strategic plan as to how you would address the issue and how attending graduate school at UMass Boston will aid you in your pursuits.

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: July 1 for fall, November 15 for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website


Required Courses (21 Credits)

One course from below may be substituted with an approved three-credit graduate course.

  • MBA AF 611 - Intermediate Accounting 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 612 - Cost Accounting 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 613 - Federal Tax Planning 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 614 - Financial and Managerial Auditing 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 618 - Accounting Information Systems 3 Credit(s)
  • MBAMGT 650 - Organizational Analysis and Skills 3 Credit(s)
  • MBAMGT 664 - The Legal Environment of Business 3 Credit(s)

Electives (6 Credits)

Complete two from below.

  • MBA AF 615 - International Accounting 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 616 - Financial Statement Analysis/Advanced Accounting 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 617 - Management of Accounting and Control 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 623 - Financial Modeling 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 631 - Environmental Accounting and Finance 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 633 - Advanced Federal Taxation 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 636 - Quantitative Analysis of Business Data 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 637 - Financial Reporting Fraud Examination 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 640 - Accounting Data Analytics 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 690 - Master’s Thesis Option Research Colloquium 3 Credit(s)
  • MBA AF 699 - Master’s Thesis 3 Credit(s)

Capstone Course (3 Credits)

  • MBA AF 691 - Financial Accounting Theory & Analysis 3 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete 30 credits from ten courses including seven required courses, two electives, and one capstone course.

Prerequisite courses:

  • MBA AF 601 - Economics for Managers
  • MBA AF 610 - Accounting for Managers
  • MBA AF 620 - Financial Management
  • MBAMS 600 - Mathematical Analysis for Managers
  • Capstone: Completion of a research paper as part of MBA AF 691.

Statute of limitations: Five years.


Graduate Program Director Kun Yu
kun.yu [at]
(617) 287-7720

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