The Master of Science in Professional Accounting (MSA) program at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management produces graduates with the tools to lead accounting, audit, and tax processes at a range of functional career levels.
Accounting@Syracuse is a 30-credit program designed for experienced professionals with a strong educational foundation in the accounting field. Students graduate with the educational requirements needed to take the CPA exam in New York and many other states.
Accounting Curriculum (30 Credits)
Designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in accounting, the program of study foregoes foundational accounting and business courses and focuses on helping students develop the specialized skills to succeed as professional accountants.
Accelerated 12-Month Online MSA Program
The accelerated online Master’s in Accounting allows you to complete the program in as little as 12 months by taking two terms of three courses and two terms of two courses. Each term is 12 weeks in length, and classes meet weekly in the live, face-to-face virtual classroom.
Below is a sample schedule for the accelerated program. While this schedule is only an example of a possible course arrangement, it should serve as a useful guide as you explore the Accounting@Syracuse experience. Your individual plan may vary based on course availability in the term that you start your program.
Professional 15-Month Online MSA Program
Students who are continuing to work full time while completing the program are encouraged to take two courses per term as a part-time student, allowing them to complete the program in as little as 15 months.
Each term is 11 weeks in length, and classes meet weekly in the live, face-to-face virtual classroom. Below is a sample schedule for the professional program. While this schedule is only an example of a possible course arrangement, it should serve as a useful guide as you explore the Accounting@Syracuse experience. Your individual plan may vary based on course availability in the term that you start your program.
Foundational Coursework for Non-Accountants
Students who have little or no academic experience in accounting will work with an academic advisor after being admitted to the program in order to identify the appropriate coursework needed to successfully complete the online MSA degree. It is common for an additional 2–6 courses to be required to build this foundation of accounting knowledge. The program can typically be completed in 24 months or less. Students with an undergraduate degree in business will often take fewer additional courses than a student without a business foundation.
Students at all levels will take courses in international accounting and reporting, taxes and business strategy, financial statement analysis, and auditing theory and practice, along with a variety of electives to complement their career goals. Whitman’s customized curriculum prepares students for the expanding roles accounting professionals play in business strategy, consulting, information management, planning, and decision making.
Visit our Course Catalog for full course descriptions, video introductions and course objectives for each available Accounting@Syracuse course.
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To learn more or to get started with Accounting@Syracuse, contact an admissions counselor today at 844-797-4622 or e-mail us.