Accounting, MSA

An accelerated program designed to accelerate your career.

Heading for a great career in public accounting? You want to get there as soon as possible. With our MS in Accounting, you will prepare to sit for the CPA exam in just seven months and build the skills and credentials to stay ahead of the fast-changing business world.

Your success will begin in the classroom, where, with the help of our faculty, the robust curriculum is fused with real-world application. Our faculty includes a number of CPAs, many of whom are former partners in national and regional CPA firms. They are currently active consultants in the business community, ready to present you with real-world public accounting issues and challenges. 

What’s more, our audit and tax track offerings allow you to specialize your studies even further and guide you toward the career that best suits your goals. In the audit track, students take courses geared toward being a professional in the audit and assurance industry. This means extensive exposure to ethics, auditing research, forensic accounting, and a detailed understanding of the industry environment. In the tax track, students are exposed to the intricacies of the tax industry with detailed course work and experience with tax research and communications, state and local taxation, income tax accounting, and international taxation. 

Students in this program are registered for classes by the advising team in the Graduate School of Professional Accounting. Please contact an advisor at 617-373-3244 with any questions or requests.

This program is approved by the Board of Public Accountancy in Massachusetts.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

ACCT 6203Business Entity Taxation3
ACCT 6204Financial Reporting for Integrated Multinational Enterprises3
ACCT 6229Accounting for Foreign Currency Transactions1
ACCT 6253Ethics in the Accounting Profession3
Financial Reporting
ACCT 6207Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Financial Reporting3
ACCT 6216Financial Reporting for Governments and Nonprofit Entities2


Complete one of the following tracks:

Audit Track

Required Core
ACCT 6205Auditing in a Big Data Environment3
ACCT 6217Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Financial Reporting3
ACCT 6254Accounting Research and Communication3
Note: An alternative course may be substituted for one of the courses listed below with the approval of the program administrator.
ACCT 5255Forensic Accounting3
ACCT 5256Internal Auditing3

Taxation Track

Required Core
ACCT 6231Corporations and Shareholders3
ACCT 6235Partners and Partnerships3
ACCT 6254Accounting Research and Communication3
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:6
Note: An alternative course may be substituted for one of the electives listed below with the approval of the program administrator.
State and Local Taxation
International Taxation: Inbound Transactions
Retirement Plans
Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

30 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required