Master's Programs

Master of Science in Accounting

Program of Study

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program in the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell provides an economically affordable opportunity for qualified students to meet the licensing requirements to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) or to prepare for accounting careers in the corporate or government/nonprofit environment. The Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy has classified MSA program at Manning School of Business as “Level 1” and deemed the program to be substantially equivalent to AACSB standards.  Any student who earns a graduate degree in accounting from a Level 1 program is judged to have satisfied the educational requirements to take the CPA exam.  Students who earn degrees from non-Level 1 programs must demonstrate that they have satisfied such educational requirements.  Therefore, our MSA program’s Level 1 status makes it easier for UMass Lowell accounting graduates to eventually become Certified Public Accountants (CPA). The MSA will prepare graduates to succeed in a competitive environment and a respected profession, one whose members continue to be in high demand from public accounting firms, financial institutions, industry, government agencies, municipalities, schools and hospitals, and charitable organizations.  All courses are available online, and the program is open to either full-time or part-time students.

The MSA program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. For a full-time student, the 10-course, 30-credit program can typically be completed in one calendar year (e.g., four courses in the fall, four in the spring, and two in the summer). Part-time students will typically, on average, complete the program in about three years. We accept students with undergraduate accounting, business, and non-business degrees. Students without an accounting undergraduate degree from a US institution will have to complete a series of prerequisite courses prior to beginning the MSA program.

Admission Requirements

  • GPA - Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (overall); comparable Accounting GPA.
  • GMAT (500+); can be waived if the undergraduate GPA is at least 3.5 at an AACSB-accredited school and upon receipt of a recommendation by a faculty member;GMAT can also be waived for students in the UMass Lowell Plus 1 Program and undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater.
  • Successful completion of all other University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate Admissions requirements including three letters of recommendation and Master of Science in Accounting  TOEFL minimums.
  • Exceptions or modifications to the above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • An internship or other relevant employment in the field is strongly encouraged, either before or during the program. 
    Admissions Process


MSA Core Courses (5 courses required)
  • 60.605 Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting
  • 60.612 Advanced Cost Management
  • 60.630 Taxation of Business Entities
  • 60.640 Financial Accounting Theory and Research
  • 60.655 Advanced Accounting
MSA Elective Courses (2 courses required)
  • 60.602 Advanced Management and sustainability Accounting
  • 60.622 Globalization and Accounting
  • 60.623 Contemporary Accounting Issues
  • 60 645 Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting

MSA non-Accounting Business elective courses(3 courses required)

Courses are generally selected from the UMass Lowell MBA program; other courses can be selected wit the approval of the MSA Coordinator.

Students without an accounting undergraduate degree granted by an accredited US institution will be required to complete a series of up to 8 accounting prerequisite courses prior to starting the MSA courses.
Details on the prerequisites can be found online or by contacting Stefanie Tate, MSA Coordinator.

For more information about the Master of Science in Accounting, contact:
Stefanie Tate, CPA, Ph.D.
MSA Coordinator
Phone: 978-934-2815