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Boise State Online Master of Science in Accountancy ranked among highest in the nation

The new 2021 U.S. News and World Report rankings placed the Boise State Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program #43 in the nation out of 164 higher education institutions surveyed — up 44 spots from lasts years’ #87 ranking.

Boise State University’s online Master in Accountancy program is dedicated to providing students with a top-tier education, marketable skills and professional connections.

Woman sits on a coach and holds a laptop while talking with her daughter.
The fully-online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) at Boise State gives students the flexibility to pursue a graduate degree in accounting and prioritize their families and careers. Photo by Arlie Sommer, Boise State Extended Studies.

Celebrated for quality, online instruction

164 regionally-accredited, non-MBA graduate business programs (including degrees in accounting, finance, insurance, marketing and management) were surveyed by US News to determine this year’s rankings. 2021 marks the publication’s tenth year of evaluating online programs.

According to US News, Boise State received the highest marks in the “Faculty Credentials and Training” category for our well-prepared and supportive online instructors. Boise State was also high-achieving in the “Services and Technologies “for the quality of financial, technical and vocational support available to distance learners.”

Meet Mason Hampton, a new MSA alum

Mason Hampton graduated from the MSA program in 2020 and shared his story and experiences as a recent graduate.

Why was he interested in a master’s degree in accounting? “I think that in the field of accounting, where things are always changing, you must always be learning,” Hampton said. “You are setting yourself up for the future. Getting your master’s degree signals your desire for learning and continuing your education. As an accountant, that is needed as you progress throughout your career.”

He continued, “It is an investment in your future. When you are spending 12-15 hours a week doing school, you have to take a step back and remember you are investing in yourself. It’s the accounting term: return on investment. If I can get my degree, then I will be more valuable to a company and more marketable to recruiters.”

Mason Hampton stands outside, holding his accounting textbook.
Mason Hampton, a student in the Boise State online Master of Science in Accountancy program, studies at the COBE building on campus. Photo by Arlie Sommer, Boise State Extended Studies.

More about Boise State Online’s Graduate Accountancy Programs

The Online Master of Accountancy program at Boise State is led by nationally recognized faculty who possess valuable industry experience and PhDs from top schools. The programs focus on working professionals, like Hampton, to create abundant networking opportunities and a stimulating learning environment. Recently, the program was also celebrated for achieving one of the highest CPA exam first-time pass rates in the nation. Additionally, all of Boise State’s graduate business degrees, including the accountancy program, are accredited by the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the gold standard of accreditation. No other graduate business program in the Treasure Valley has achieved this distinction.

In addition to the Online Master of Science in Accountancy program, Boise State’s College of Business and Economics also recently launched the Online Master of Science in Accountancy Foundations program. The program provides an entry point for prospective graduate students who don’t have an accountancy undergraduate degree. The flexible, variable credit program allows students to customize their master’s degree path to include the foundational accounting knowledge they need while staying on track to completion. Another option for prospective students is the Graduate Certificate in Accounting Foundations. This program is designed for students who want to add an accounting emphasis to a non-accounting master’s degree.

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