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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.
At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science in Accounting. Our degree programs, along with all others offered within the Manning School of Business, are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The AACSB is the premier organization monitoring institutions that offer business education in the U.S. and abroad, and our association with this prestigious organization reflects a commitment by UMass Lowell, the Manning School of Business and the Department of Accounting to excellence and the continuous improvement of our programs.
The value of data analytics is being applied in all areas of business, and the field of accounting is no exception. Students completing the Business Analytics Option will learn to identify situations where data can be used to answer complex business and accounting questions, shape corporate strategy, forecast financial trends, and thwart fraud. Accountants are used to dealing with data for budgeting, planning, data management, and auditing.
As evidenced by the Department of Accounting’s accreditation by the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), the Manning School of Business is committed to preparing students for the global economy. ACCA is internationally recognized. Accountancy is one of those professions where positions all around the world are freely available. So many people take the opportunity to visit and work in new countries.
Students entering the industry as accounting professionals will have many responsibilities that are different from those entering into public accounting;
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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.
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The Master of Science in Accounting requires 10 courses (30 credits). Students complete a core of 5 required courses (15 credits), two additional accounting courses (6 credits), and then complete three courses (9 credits) from business courses outside of accounting. Students can complete the general program or concentrate in a particular field by choosing one of three options (Business Analytics, Corporate Accounting Leadership or International Business).
New students are admitted to the MSA program on a rolling basis.
If you have any questions regarding the MSA or other graduate programs in the Manning School of Business please contact:
ManningMSA@uml.edu or 978-934-2848.
For information on the admissions process, please visit 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 courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.
Cost Per Credit: $844.99*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $25,349.70*
Cost Per Credit: $1,499.44*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $44,983.20*
*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2021-2022 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.
For more information on tuition and financing, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.
Manning School of Business accounting graduates are among the top performers in Massachusetts on the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. Read more
The full-time Manning School of Business faculty includes 13 accounting and over 40 non-accounting members, including Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing and MIS/OIS. See the list of full-time Accounting faculty