Online Master of Science in Accounting

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Accounting is Changing. Now is the time to get CPA focused.

Today’s accounting landscape is changing. Continuing advances in technology, increased financial regulations, and a new emphasis on cross-functionality between accounting and other business services mean that modern accountants must be able to adapt readily to quick change.

With Maryville University’s online master’s in accounting, you can do more than just keep pace with the industry. You can develop the practical, advanced accounting skills, business strategies, and financial savvy you need to stay ahead of the curve.

Program Highlights

Study 100% online with no residencies required

Graduate in as few as
10 months

Apply with no gre
or gmat

qualify and prepare for the cpa exam with becker cpa exam preparation coursework

join a school ranked among the nation's "Top colleges" by Forbes for the past three years

complete our bridge program designed for students with non-accounting backgrounds

Why Choose Maryville for your Master's in Accounting Degree?

At Maryville University, we believe in providing flexible, industry-relevant accounting education designed to prepare you for current and future trends in the field. That’s why we offer a CPA-focused master’s in accounting degree 100% online. Our unique curriculum delivers Becker CPA exam preparation courses so you can prepare for the CPA exam with subject matter experts. Informed by modern accounting practices and complex business strategies, the online master’s in accounting is ideal for accounting and non-accounting professionals ready to pursue advanced skills and greater authority, responsibility, and benefits. Combine your ambition with our expertise and explore your advanced opportunities in accounting.

Prepare with CPA Experts

Most master’s in accounting degrees can help you qualify to sit for the certified public accounting exam. At Maryville University, we take it to the next level. Maryville is one of only a few master’s in accounting programs that incorporate the official Becker exam preparation courses into our curriculum. What this means to you is that upon completion, you should be prepared to sit for the exam without additional study time. You should have the hours and knowledge to take the exam upon program completion.

No accounting background? No problem.

At Maryville University, we believe that accounting expertise can come from anywhere. That’s why our online master’s degree in accounting offers a bridge program for non-accounting professionals interested in making the switch to this growing field. With only a few additional courses in fundamental accounting principles, professionals from different industries can develop the skills they need to pursue new roles in accounting and ensure they have the educational qualifications and knowledge to sit for the CPA exam.

New Skills Can Lead To New Opportunities

When it comes to accounting titles, a graduate degree can go a long way. Many roles in today’s accounting field require advanced expertise, including certified public accountants or chief financial officers. A master’s in accounting can help demonstrate your commitment to your academic and professional advancement and prove the value of your abilities beyond entry-level positions and prepare you for executive roles. Our online MS in Accounting can open pathways to a wide variety of roles*, including:

Budget Analyst

Median Salary: $71,590

Number of Jobs: 60,800

Certified Public Accountant **

Median Salary: $67,000

Number of Jobs: 1,332,700

Chief Financial Officer

Median Salary: $102,690

Number of Jobs: 147,000

Financial Advisor

Median Salary: $89,160

Number of Jobs: 249,400

Financial Analyst

Median Salary: $80,310 Number of Jobs: 277,600

Financial Manager

Median Salary: $117,990

Number of Jobs: 555,900

* U.S. News & World Report
** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Earn a degree with value added

When you graduate with an MS in Accounting, you graduate with the opportunity to grow your earning potential. Compare $86,310, the median salary for master’s in accounting degree holders, to $52,900, the median salary for bachelor’s degree holders (NACE). In fact, according to a Georgetown University salary survey, accounting professionals with a master’s in the field earn 37% more than bachelor’s degree holders on average. For accounting professionals interested in gaining an additional credential, earning your CPA certification can increase your salary by up to 10% (Robert Half’s 2014 Salary Guide). The benefits of an advanced accounting education don’t end there. While financial jobs are typically stable, professionals with additional expertise and experience are likely to be more secure in their roles than those with only the foundational skills. Higher education levels for accountants can lead to greater responsibilities, which in turn can lead to better job security.

Additional ways to specialize

A Master of Science in Accounting is a great way to pursue advanced opportunities in accounting, but there are more options. Some accounting professionals pursue additional credentials, such as advanced certifications like the CPA. Certifications are designed to help accounting professionals increase their specialization and can lead to salary increases. In fact, professional certifications can potentially increase your pay by up to 10% (Robert Half’s 2014 Salary Guide).

Online Master's in Accounting Curriculum

At Maryville University, we deliver an online accounting degree designed to prepare you for industry changes, demands, and certifications. The online MS in Accounting integrates Becker CPA exam preparation courses directly into the program curriculum, making your CPA preparation convenient and more affordable. In fact, you can save up to $600 by completing Becker CPA preparation for-credit courses through the online MS in Accounting. With industry-relevant coursework and an online bridge program designed for non-accounting professionals, our online program can help you develop your business foundational knowledge alongside strategic accounting and financial skills.

Bridge Program

ACCT 210 Financial Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 211 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
BUS 280 Business Law 3 credits
ECON 201/202 Macroeconomics or Microeconomics 3 credits
ISYS 241 Business Statistics or Elementary Statistics 3 credits
ACCT 318 Financial Reporting I 3 credits
ACCT 319 Financial Reporting II 3 credits
ACCT 409 Advanced Managerial (or Cost) Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 423 Auditing 3 credits
BUS 501 Survey of Business 3 credits

Core Accounting Courses

BUS 500 Graduate Preparation 0 credits
ACCT 614 Tax Planning and Decision Making 3 credits
ACCT 618 Strategic Accounting Issues 3 credits
ACCT 620 Financial Statement Analysis 3 credits
ACCT 660 Data Analytics 3 credits
ACCT 616 Financial Reporting III 3 credits
ACCT 650 Accounting Research & Communication 3 credits

Becker CPA Informed Courses **

ACCT 670 Advanced Auditing 3 credits
ACCT 674 Advanced Financial Accounting & Reporting 3 credits
ACCT 672 Advanced Business Environment & Concepts 3 credits
ACCT 676 Advanced Accounting Regulation 3 credits

Total 60 Credit Hours

*BUS 501 required for students conditionally admitted

** Courses that incorporate Becker preparation material will have an additional fee

BUS 500 Graduate Preparation 0 credits
ACCT 614 Tax Planning and Decision Making 3 credits
ACCT 618 Strategic Accounting Issues 3 credits
ACCT 620 Financial Statement Analysis 3 credits
ACCT 660 Data Analytics 3 credits
ACCT 616 Financial Reporting III 3 credits
ACCT 650 Accounting Research & Communication 3 credits

Becker CPA Informed Courses *

ACCT 670 Advanced Auditing 3 credits
ACCT 674 Advanced Financial Accounting & Reporting 3 credits
ACCT 672 Advanced Business Environment & Concepts 3 credits
ACCT 676 Advanced Accounting Regulation 3 credits

Total 30 Credit Hours

* Courses that incorporate Becker preparation material will have an additional fee

Accreditation and Honors

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Maryville University is a Military Friendly® School

The John E. Simon School of Business is accredited by the ACBSP

Partner of Becker CPA Preparation Education