Northwood University's Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) provides the groundwork for graduates to excel in dynamic career opportunities afforded to accounting professionals. Organizations are seeking accountants who do more than just analyze numbers - people who know the intricacies of corporate financials and can act as skilled and ethical advisors. The curriculum also assists students who desire the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or the CMA (Certified Managerial Accountant) designation.
Our MSA courses are offered in a variety of learning modalities during Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters at our Troy, Michigan campus. These classes utilize leading edge technology as support. Northwood University classes are taught by faculty members who bring real-life executive experience and application-based scholarship into the classroom.
The Master of Science in Accounting can be completed in as few as 30 credit hours (10 courses) depending on the student's undergraduate degree and prior coursework.
Students who have earned an undergraduate degree in accounting prior to admission will have the opportunity to complete the program in as few as ten courses (30 credit hours). The curriculum includes two core courses; two courses chosen from the fields of accounting, taxation and business law; a capstone course; and five courses in an area of specialization. Specializations are available in applied economics, finance and taxation.
In order to support student success in the program, individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting will be required to take prerequisites at the undergraduate level in the field of accounting. Upon admission to the program, students without a baccalaureate degree in business will be required to complete two additional graduate level courses in the fields of analytics and finance. Once the above coursework is complete, students will take ten courses (30 credit hours): two core courses; seven courses chosen from the fields of accounting, taxation and business law; and a capstone course. Students will work with faculty advisors to determine the appropriate degree plan.
Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting:
|Accounting courses||5 Courses||15 total credit hours|
|Select either Applied Economics, Finance or Taxation courses||5 Courses||15 total credit hours|
|Program Totals||10 Courses||30 total credit hours|
Students with an undergraduate degree in a field other than accounting:
|Accounting courses||3 Accounting Courses||9 credit hours|
|Elective courses||7 Courses||21 credit hours|
|Program Totals||10 Courses||30 total credit hours|
|Accounting Core (2 required courses):|
|ACC 5001 - Comprehensive Concepts in Financial Accounting||3 credit hours|
|ACC 5004 - Accounting Fraud, Discovery and Analysis||3 credit hours|
|Capstone (1 required courses):|
|ACC 6000 - Financial Statement Disclosure and Analysis||3 credit hours|
|Electives (choose 7 courses):|
|ACC 5003 - Governmental and Not for Profit Accounting||3 credit hours|
|ACC 5005 - Advanced Financial Accounting||3 credit hours|
|ACC 5006 - Accounting Information Systems||3 credit hours|
|ACC 5007 - Auditing||3 credit hours|
|ACC 5008 - Advanced Managerial Accounting||3 credit hours|
|ACC 5015 - Taxation of U.S. Individuals||3 credit hours|
|ACC 5020 - Taxation of Business Entities||3 credit hours|
|BL 5100 - Business Law for the Accountant||3 credit hours|
|Elective Total||21 credit hours|
|Total MSA Degree||30 credit hours|
|An additional elective offering will be for a qualified student to obtain no more than three credits by working as an accounting intern. This internship can substitute one 3 credit course from accounting only ACC 5003, 5005 or 5020.|
|ACC 5299 - Accounting Internships||3 credit hours|
|In order to support student success in the program, individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting will be required to take prerequisites at the undergraduate level in the field of accounting. Upon admission to the program, students without a baccalaureate degree in business will be required to complete two additional graduate level courses in the fields of analytics and finance.|
- Current Verifiable Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Official Undergraduate Transcripts: Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate institutions attended, including the institution from which the baccalaureate degree was earned. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required.
- Professional Graduate Information Session: Consists of an interview with a DeVos Graduate School Admissions Representative and a writing sample exercise.
- Prerequisites: Vary based on undergraduate degree and prior coursework.
EMPLOYMENT IN ACCOUNTING
Dynamic changes over the past two decades has created strong demand for talented accounting graduates. An increasingly sophisticated business and regulatory environment creates a need for graduates who possess thorough technical skills combined with an ability to creatively think through accounting issues and their financial implications. Accounting graduates can expect to find employment opportunities in public accounting, both large and small private sector businesses, and governmental entities.