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Program at a Glance
  • With stricter laws and regulations in the financial sector, many businesses are expected to seek accounting and auditing professionals to comply with new standards.*
  • Our accounting master's degree lets you focus your studies in one of four accounting concentration areas.
  • Build the fundamental knowledge for successful professional practice within the field of accounting.
  • Graduates may be eligible to sit for professional accounting certifications.
COURSE EFFORT 20 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 6 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 52
COST PER CREDIT $485
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Master of Science in Accounting Overview

If you have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in business with a major in accounting or finance, Purdue Global’s Master of Science in Accounting could be your next step in discovering mid-to-senior-level opportunities.

The master’s in accounting program is designed to enrich skills in auditing, taxation, cost accounting, and financial accounting. The curriculum focuses on:

  • Generating and analyzing accounting data
  • Creating quality improvement processes, compliance strategies, and reimbursement procedures
  • Conducting research
  • Addressing risk management and legal issues
  • Managing an accounting department

Degree Concentrations

Choose from four concentrations to meet your specific interests and goals:

  • Audit: Focus on the development, design, and implementation of accounting systems with an emphasis on internal control.
  • Finance: Study research methods for assessing how accounting information impacts business and decision making.
  • Government accounting: Consider accounting concepts specific to the planning and administration of public, quasi-public, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Tax accounting: Study the concepts and processes relevant to tax research, including the Internal Revenue Code, treasury regulations, and federal and state tax cases.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the Master of Science in Accounting, you must possess a bachelor’s degree in business, management, accounting, or finance from an accredited college or university or 45 credit hours of undergraduate coursework across the ACBSP's Common Professional Components (CPC).


Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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Purdue Global’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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Career Opportunities

The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to prepare you to pursue mid- to senior-level management positions in both the public and private sectors.

Employment opportunities for graduates with an accounting degree may exist within government, private, nonprofit, and public accounting. In addition, many entrepreneurial opportunities may exist for small business accounting and consulting services.

The dynamic accounting career path offers job opportunities in a variety of areas:

  • Accounting and bookkeeping
  • Tax preparation
  • Payroll services
  • Government
  • Finance and insurance
  • Management of companies and enterprises

Academic Quality

The curriculum is reviewed and revised continually by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure it reflects the most recent developments in the field of business.

Prepare for Accounting Certifications

As a graduate, you may be eligible to sit for professional certification exams including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) exams.

Coursework in this outcomes-based master’s degree program is designed to help you develop the skills and technical competencies to pursue greater career opportunities in the accounting field.

Sample Courses
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Managerial and Cost Accounting
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In addition to developing a broad foundation in accounting principles, this master's in accounting program is designed to enhance your proficiency and knowledge in your desired area of concentration. Choose from four concentrations:

  • Audit
  • Finance
  • Government accounting
  • Tax accounting
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits36
  • Elective Credits16
  • Total Credits52

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. Certain accounting positions may require further certification and/or licensing by individual states.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Certain accounting and finance positions may require further certification and/or licensing by individual states.

To sit for the CPA Exam, students may need to take additional courses at the undergraduate or graduate level to meet individual state requirements. This program was not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.