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Bachelor’s degree required to apply.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The current rate of tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,500 per credit.
"Graduates with an online master’s degree in accounting can land jobs with private corporations, nonprofit organizations and the government. Median salaries can range from about $62,000 for accountants and auditors to more than $100,000 for financial managers or top executives — and having a master’s will often boost those wages."
– U.S.News & World Report
Online Master of Science in Accounting
For professionals seeking to either advance within or transition to a career in the field of accounting, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree through a flexible online format. The online program features the same content as Whitman’s on-campus accounting program, from which alumni have gone on to work at some of the top accounting firms in the nation, including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, RSM, and PWC.
Curriculum and Requirements
Students with an academic foundation in accounting can complete the 30-credit online Master’s in accounting program in as little as 12 months. Students who have not completed previous accounting coursework—including both undergraduate and graduate coursework—will be placed into an individualized curriculum schedule that can be completed in 24 months or less. Each semester is 12 weeks, and credit hours required to complete the program correspond to a student’s previously completed coursework.
While the schedules below are only samples of possible course arrangements, they should serve as a useful guide when exploring the Accounting@Syracuse experience:
For students seeking to complete the program in as little as 12 months, this schedule includes more than two courses per term in two of the four terms.
For students seeking a flexible schedule that can be completed in as little as 15 months, this schedule is designed for working professionals and includes just two courses per term.
For students who hold an undergraduate degree in any subject other than accounting, this schedule varies based on previously completed coursework.
A student’s customized course plan for the foundational program will be determined after an admissions decision has been rendered. The sooner an application is received, the sooner an appropriate number of required credits can be determined by admissions.
MBA vs. M.S. in Professional Accounting
When selecting a master's degree option to pursue, students often find a significant overlap between a Master of Science in Professional Accounting program and a Master of Business Administration program with a specialization in accounting. While both degree options help students develop core technical and interpersonal business skills, knowing the specific differences between these unique degree paths can help students tailor their education for the best career outcomes.
Master of Science in Professional Accounting
- Curriculum focuses on in-depth, specialized skills in the accounting field.
- Core classes center around accounting at a greater level of detail for those who plan to hold a functional position in accounting.
- Typically, this program can be completed in a shorter amount of time.
- This degree option is specifically designed to prepare students for the CPA exam.
Master of Business Administration
- This type of program offers a general business education with some specialization in accounting.
- Core classes provide general management knowledge from a range of subjects such as marketing, finance, supply chain, and accounting.
- Students have the ability to concentrate in accounting after completing core business requirements.
- The program can be completed in a minimum of two years.
- The degree focuses on preparing leaders in an organization.
Career Outlook for Accountants
Accounting professionals with the skills to manage businesses’ finances are currently in extremely high demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of accountants and auditors to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024. And, according to the 2016 Corporate Recruiters Survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, more employers are now seeking Master of Science in Professional Accounting graduates (40 percent projected in 2016, up from 36 percent in 2015).
Employers now seeking M.S. in Professional Accounting graduates
Students who earn a master’s in accounting degree emerge prepared to pursue a number of career paths, including becoming a Certified Public Accountant, a management accountant, or an information technology auditor. Learn more about these and other career paths in accounting.
Salaries for accounting professionals are contingent upon previous experience and education. Professionals who hold an advanced degree generally have the potential to earn more than their counterparts who only have a bachelor’s degree. Below are expected median salaries for a number of accounting careers from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook:
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According to U.S. News & World Report, accountants report high levels of satisfaction in the areas of upward mobility and average stress levels, as well as above average satisfaction with career flexibility.
Applying to Accounting@Syracuse
To begin the process of applying to Accounting@Syracuse, review the application requirements and admissions deadlines based on your intended start date. After requesting information, an admissions counselor will contact you to answer questions you may have about the program or the application process.
- Online application
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Personal essay
- Letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- Resume or CV
- GMAT or GRE scores
Applicants with more than five years of professional work experience are eligible for a GMAT waiver when applying to Accounting@Syracuse. Request information now to learn about the GMAT waiver policy and whether you qualify.