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Master of Science in Accounting Online

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 Master of Science in Accounting online, 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.

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No GRE or GMAT required

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Qualify and prepare for the certified public accountant exam

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Graduate in as few as 10 months

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Bridge program designed for students with non-accounting background

Why choose Maryville for your master’s in accounting online?

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 that’s 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 master’s in accounting online 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 online 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 master’s in accounting online offers a bridge program for non-accounting professionals interested in making the switch to this growing field. With additional courses in accounting, finance, economics, business law, and statistics, 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.

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Forbes America's Top Colleges
Becker Professional Education
ACBSP Global Business Accreditation

Advanced Accounting Career Pathways

When it comes to accounting titles, a graduate degree can go a long way. Many careers in today’s accounting field require advanced expertise, including certified public accountants or chief financial officers. A master’s in accounting online 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:

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Accounting professionals with a master’s in the field earn

29% MORE*

than bachelor’s degree holders on average.

*National Association of Colleges and Employers, “2020 Salary Survey”

An MS in Accounting has Added Value

When you graduate with an master’s degree in accounting, you graduate with the opportunity to grow your earning potential. Compare $74,428, the median salary for master’s in accounting degree holders, to $57,734, the median salary for bachelor’s degree holders (NACE). That’s a difference of 29% in annual earnings between the bachelor’s and master’s level.

For accounting professionals interested in gaining an additional advantage, earning additional credentials like your CPA certification can help further increase your earning potential. 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 Your Master’s in Accounting

A master’s in accounting online 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 15% (Robert Half’s 2017 Salary Guide).

Online Master’s in Accounting Curriculum

At Maryville University, we deliver an online accounting master’s degree designed to prepare you for industry changes, demands, and certifications. With industry-relevant coursework and an online bridge program designed for non-accounting professionals, our online master’s degree in accounting program can help you develop your business foundational knowledge alongside strategic accounting and financial skills.

Bridge into it.

Don’t have a degree in accounting? No worries. Our bridge program will help prepare you with courses that cover financial and managerial accounting, business law, statistics, micro- and macroeconomics, financial reporting, auditing, and more.

Hit the core of accounting.

Already have an undergraduate accounting degree? You’ll have the opportunity to move straight into the core accounting courses, where you’ll focus on tax planning, strategic accounting, data analytics, financial statement analysis, financial reporting, and accounting research and communications.

Benefit from Becker CPA-informed courses.

Our master’s in accounting online integrates Becker CPA exam preparation courses directly into the curriculum with a focus on advanced auditing and advanced financial accounting and reporting — 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 M.S. in Accounting online program at Maryville.

You can learn more at our curriculum page.

Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the relevant governing body for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure (and/ clinical hours) requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit our Professional Licensure Information page for more information and also reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

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