Master of Science in Accounting


Our Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is designed to help create a path to a CPA certification, arming professionals with accounting, auditing, and tax skills that they can apply to solve problems and ensure compliance in business situations. This online MSA program is tailored for individuals looking to advance their current career in accounting, finance or business management. Utilizing the Wiley CPAexel® Platinum exam prep, one of the most highly rated CPA study guides in the accounting profession, the program addresses the goals of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and is designed to maintain relevancy with the accounting profession and certification requirements.* With globalization and increasingly complex tax and regulatory requirements, professionals seeking leadership roles in public accounting, industry, government or not-for-profit organizations can gain the skills and knowledge they need to make an impact in a variety of organizations. This program is 100% online, with no time-consuming or costly entrance exams or residency requirements.

What You'll Learn

Our online MSA program helps prepare students for the CPA exam* and for practicing the profession of accounting and performing related business functions. Students will receive instruction in a wide range of topics including accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, reporting procedures, auditing, and professional standards and ethics.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of accounting, auditing, and tax concepts in business situations
  • Evaluate the ethical and legal compliance of accounting practices within an organization
  • Manage accounting operations for both domestic and international organizations
  • Formulate accounting solutions using professional judgment and industry best practices
  • Communicate accounting solutions to internal and external stakeholders

Career Potential*

  • Accountants
  • Auditors
  • Budget Analysts
  • Credit Analysts
  • Financial Examiners
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
  • Business Teachers, Postsecondary
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.


Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

*Standards and requirements vary by state, and completion of NCU’s MSA program may not be sufficient to qualify a person to sit for a CPA exam in some states. Prior to applying to or enrolling in NCU’s MSA program, please check with your state to determine the educational and other requirements necessary for taking the CPA exam to ensure that completion of the program will satisfy your educational and professional goals. For information regarding official CPA requirements specific to your state, please visit