Designed for undergraduate accounting majors, the Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to give you the advanced accounting knowledge and skills you need to sit for the CPA exam.
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The D'Amore-McKim MS in Accounting program takes the guesswork out of becoming a CPA. Our program is approved by the state Board of Accountancy in Massachusetts. Students are now allowed to choose a career-focused track in either audit or taxation. Upon selection of a track, required and elective courses are chosen toward fulfillment of the degree. Students have the option to choose six credits of electives of choice based on their track.
Our MSA alumni have a strong presence within top accounting firms, helping you to expand your network. Our alumni and corporate networks have proven to be valuable resources for MSA students and graduates as they advance their careers.
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Two letters of professional recommendation
Permanent residency card (if applicable)
GMAT/GRE required? Northeastern has a test-optional policy for the 2021-2022 academic year and does not require a GMAT or GRE score to complete an application for admission. Under the new policy, you can decide whether to submit a GMAT or GRE score as part of your admission application. For more information, review our admissions policies.
English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D’Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
Undergraduate degree in accounting or the equivalent with prerequisite coursework
Financial Accounting with coverage in U.S. GAAP (3 credits)
Managerial Accounting with coverage in U.S. GAAP (3 credits)
Intermediate Accounting with coverage in U.S. GAAP (6 credits)
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November 15 - Final deadline for international applicants.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, and we recommend you complete your application early to maximize your chances of securing enrollment. Classes begin in May.
Master of Science in Accounting Core Requirements
ACCT 6203 - Business Entity Taxation
ACCT 6204 - Financial Reporting for Integrated Multinational Enterprises
ACCT 6229 - Accounting for Foreign Currency Transactions
ACCT 6253 - Ethics in the Accounting Profession
ACCT 6207 - Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Financial Reporting
ACCT 6216 - Financial Reporting for Governments and Nonprofit Entities
Complete 6 semester hours from the following:
Note: Students may work with their academic advisor to substitute an eligible alternative course for one of the electives listed below.
ACCT 5255 - Forensic Accounting
ACCT 5256 - Internal Auditing
ACCT 6239 - State and Local Taxation
ACCT 6240 - International Taxation: Inbound Transactions
ACCT 6246 - Retirement Plans
ACCT 6248 - Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates
Students in this program complete one of two tracks in audit or taxation.
Choose one from the following:
ACCT 6205 - Auditing in a Big Data Environment
ACCT 6217 - Corporate Governance, Ethics, and Financial Reporting
ACCT 6254 - Accounting Research and Communication
ACCT 6231 - Corporations and Shareholders
ACCT 6235 - Partners and Partnerships
ACCT 6254 - Accounting Research and Communication
Please note: This curriculum is for marketing purposes only and is subject to change. Official curriculum can be found within the course catalog.
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