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What is an MSA degree?

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $79,880 in 2023. However, those with advanced degrees often earn significantly more, frequently making over six figures.

An MSA degree, or Master of Science in Accountancy, provides a deep dive into accounting principles to develop a broad understanding of the field.

How do I get a master’s in accounting?

An MSA degree will emphasize advanced accounting principles and practices and is ideal for individuals seeking in-depth knowledge and expertise in accounting.

Courses in a master’s-level accounting program include subjects such as auditing, financial reporting, tax research and ethics.

Completion times for a master’s in accounting vary, depending significantly on whether you’ve completed an undergraduate degree in accountancy. Those with a bachelor’s in accounting can complete the program in as few as 12 months.

If your bachelor’s degree was not in an accounting field, additional foundational courses may be built into your degree plan but will take a little more time to complete.

Benefits of an MSA degree

A master’s in accounting can be a strategic move if you want to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of complex accounting topics
  • Refine technical skills in areas like data analysis and financial management
  • Pursue senior management or executive positions
  • Prepare for professional certifications like the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, as well as certifications like the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor)

While an MSA degree is not a requirement for all accountants, it is a valuable investment in your future.

Real student success stories

Boise State University’s Online Master of Science in Accountancy has helped many students begin or advance their careers in the field of accounting.

“I’m so grateful to have earned my degree online,” Natalie Grace said.

“During my time at Boise State, I was able to start my public accounting career and earn my CPA license.”

Kim Winward loved the applicability of her MSA degree to her existing position.

“It’s crazy how much I have already been able to apply,” she said.

“It’s not a daily thing, but even in communicating with the accounting firm that handles our taxes for the business, I can communicate with CPAs and understand what they’re saying.”

Other students, like Mason Hampton, saw his degree as a way to pursue higher-level positions.

“Getting your master’s degree signals your desire for learning and continuing your education,” he said

As an accountant, that is needed as you progress throughout your career.

Want to learn more About earning a Master of Science in Accountancy?

Boise State University’s Online Master of Science in Accountancy is a distinguished, rigorous program preparing you for career advancement and the development of strong connections with faculty and peers.

The quality of the online master’s in accountancy coursework is consistent with the high-quality, rigorous curriculum of its campus-based courses.

Additionally, our Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation places the Online MSA in the top tier of accountancy programs worldwide.

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