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Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting at UMass Lowell prepares students for careers in public, corporate, government and non-profit accounting, in addition to qualifying students to meet licensing requirements to become certified public accountants.

Full Time Part Time  Online

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 Certified Public Accountant (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, hospitals and charitable organizations. Most courses are available online and the program is open to either full-time or part-time students.

Download MSA Brochure (pdf)

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Stefanie Tate, CPA
Department of Accounting
MSA Coordinator
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Lowell, MA 01854
Telephone: 978-934-2815

For the latest course information please consult the UMass Lowell online Graduate Academic Catalog.

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UMass Lowell’s MSA program is designed to serve three different audiences:

  1. students with undergraduate accounting degrees,
  2. students with undergraduate business degrees, e.g. finance, and
  3. students with undergraduate non-business degrees.

UMass Lowell’s MSA program’s course requirements differ among the various audiences. We expect students with undergraduate accounting degrees will have to fulfill very few, if any, prerequisites. On the other hand, we expect students with undergraduate non-accounting business and non-business degrees will have to fulfill several prerequisites, many of which will be accounting courses.

To see the specific program that could apply to you, select the appropriate program from the following list:

Admission to the MSA program is open to students who have earned four-year bachelor's degrees in accounting or other fields of study with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants should fill out the graduate application and submit to the Office of Graduate Admissions with an official transcript of grades from their undergraduate institution(s), along with the following:
  • An official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score.
  • Three letters of recommendation from employment and/or academic sources.
  • A résumé containing appropriate background information.
  • A one-page essay highlighting academic and career goals.
  • A score report for TOEFL with a 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (Internet based) minimum must be submitted if the applicant is a citizen of a non-English speaking country or has never earned a academic degree in the United States.

New students are admitted to the MSA program on a rolling basis in the fall and spring.

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the MSA or other graduate programs in the Manning School of Business please contact:
Prof. Stefanie Tate, CPA, Coordinator of the MSA, 978-934-2815.

For information on the admissions process, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Graduate Admissions.

UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in a little as five years. Students can continue from bachelor’s to master’s level studies within their own department. Or students can apply to a program in a different department to create a set of skills to meet emerging needs in the workplace and their own academic interests.
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Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about admission, courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.

In-State Residents’ full-time student Total Cost per Credit, 2018-2019: $836.65

Out of State/Out of Country total costs per credit, 2018-2019: $1,489.99 

For more information, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.

Financial assistance options include:

U.S. residents are eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for loans and other grant programs.

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