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Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is an online degree program designed to prepare students aspiring to become certified public accounts (CPA). The program’s graduates can fill accounting and taxation roles in industry, private enterprise and federal, state and local government. The degree is a 30-credit program aligned with the sections of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)’s Uniform CPA Examinations Blueprints with provides a framework for the CPA Exam.

Program Highlights:

  • All courses are offered online
  • Access to courses 24/7
  • Six (6) eight (8) week terms offered per year
  • Total of six (6) graduate level credits may be transferred to the MSA*
  • High-quality, affordable MSA degree program

*Transfer credit accepted only through evaluation by the Dean, School of Business and Management.

The need for certified public accountants remains significant. Influenced by national and international business and market trends including the advancement of globalization, shifts in accounting and taxation legislation and industry and government financial issues continue to transform the nation’s economic view of and practices associated with the accounting field. The influence of these conditions reinforces the relevance of higher business education in accounting and taxation in preparing certified public accountant professional for various roles in the workplace

About the MSA Program

Credits:

30


Estimated Cost of Degree:

$20,447

Based on:

  • $50 application fee
  • $668 per credit
  • $298 graduation fee

Excludes books or other fees
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Format:

Entirely Online


Transfer Credits:

Up to 6 credits

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business (e.g. BSBA, BS in Business Management or equivalent degree)
  • Undergraduate GPA of a 3.0
  • A minimum of 24 credits in accounting and associated topics
  • Assessment of undergraduate work with focus on accounting and associated topics
  • Evaluation of application materials
  • Evaluation of professional experience
  • A total of six (6) graduate level credits may be transferred to the MSA
  • Transfer credit accepted only through evaluation by the Dean, School of Business and Management
  • MSA students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good standing at TESU to be certified for graduation.
  • The program must be completed within five years of admission into the program.
  1. Apply accounting standards within the current regulatory environment to address taxation, financial reporting and resolution strategies
  2. Compare global tax legislation and accounting regulations associated with tax planning and regulatory compliance.
  3. Evaluate legal issues associated with entity taxation, risk assessment and risk management.
  4. Recognize risk associated with the use of informational technology in tax preparation.
  5. Examine forensic accounting strategies within complex accounting-related environments.
  6. Construct analytical and quantitative techniques in financial statement analysis to resolve complex business issues.
  7. Communicate accounting and taxation concepts orally and in writing.
  8. Examine ethical, cultural and diversity influences associated with accounting and business practices.

The MSA degree is composed of ten 3 credit courses (30 credit) program. The seven courses (21 credits) are identified as Core Courses. The remaining three 3 credit course (9 credits) are identified as Elective Courses. The degree can be completed in 12 months by enrolling in two 3 credit courses in consecutive 8-week terms. A second option is to enroll in one 3-credit course in consecutive 8-week terms completing the 10 courses in 20 months. 

  • MSA students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be in good standing at TESU to be certified for graduation.
  • All program requirements must be successfully completed.

Colleen Schenk, BA

"I was able to complete my degree and fulfill a dream that I had, while being able to work and care for my family."

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