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Our accelerated MS in Accounting program will immerse you in advanced accounting principles—and give you the digital skills you need to be successful in an industry transformed by technology. You’ll also develop a creative and innovative mindset that will help you thrive in times of change.

Program Overview

Designed to build on your undergraduate accounting major, our accelerated MS in Accounting program deepens your expertise by offering coursework in advanced accounting topics and management best practices. You’ll develop the innovative mindset you need to work in today’s evolving industry—and uncertain economy—and data analytics skills will be integrated into your coursework. When you graduate in December, you’ll be fully prepared to sit for the CPA exam and start your new career during accounting’s busy season.

MS in Account Program Timeline
  • Program Structure: You’ll complete five advanced accounting courses as part of your core curriculum, and five additional courses in either audit or tax
  • Class Schedule: Classes are mostly held in the daytime Monday–Thursday, with some weeknight evening classes, late May through December
  • Time to Complete: Seven months of full-time study

98%

job offer rate for new graduates

7

months to graduate

50-60

enrolled students annually

Unique Benefits

  • An accelerated curriculum that allows you to earn your master’s in just seven months
  • Analytics skills integrated into your coursework
  • A cohort-based program with small class sizes and powerful networking opportunities
  • Courses taught by industry-leading faculty with years of experience at Big Four and other public accounting firms
  • The option to apply your credits toward a future MBA at Northeastern once your master’s degree is complete
  • Lifelong connection to the Graduate School of Professional Accounting, which has close ties to top firms

Admissions

  • GMAT Required? GMAT score required; GMAT is waived for applicants with above a 3.0 GPA and above a 3.25 Accounting GPA.
  • Where do I apply? Apply using this application.
  • Interview required? Interview by invitation only.

Classes begin in late May.

Deadlines & Decisions

Find the deadlines and decision dates you need to know. Submit your application by the earliest date possible for priority consideration.

Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you’ll find the cost per credit listed next to “D’Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

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Curriculum

You’ll choose one of two specialties: audit or tax. The audit track will give you intense exposure to ethics, auditing research, and forensic accounting. The tax track will explore the intricacies of the tax industry and give you a comprehensive understanding of taxation at all levels, from local to international.

Before you get started


Financial & Managerial Accounting

Intermediate Accounting I & II (with U.S. GAAP coverage)

Auditing; U.S. Federal Income Tax

U.S. Business Law

Summer 1 Term

Required Courses

Examines the accounting and reporting issues facing multinational enterprises operating in foreign countries. Business transactions that are denominated in foreign currency may result in risk for the entity as a result of fluctuations in exchange rates. This course evaluates risk management techniques by use of forward exchange contracts and other financial derivatives. Covers reporting issues dealing with the translation of foreign entities financial statements into U.S. dollars and appropriate remeasurement techniques.
ACCT 6219 | 1 credit
Provides an in-depth look at the structure of the federal income tax system as it relates to different taxable entitites. Emphasizes tax compliance, planning, and research as they impact the decision-making process for corporation and flow-through entities. Also examines the implications of wealth transfer taxes.
ACCT 6203 | 3 credits
Focuses on the theoretical concepts of accounting with an examination of standards issued by various professional organizations including the FASB, SEC, and AICPA. Also examines emerging issues in corporate, governmental, and nonprofit financial reporting. Real-world cases are used to illustrate and discuss the complex financial reporting process and ethical issues confronted by the business community and accounting profession.
ACCT 6207 | 3 credits

Summer 2 Term

In this term, you will take the required courses for the concentration that you have selected. You may choose between the Audit Concentration or Tax Concentration.

Fall Term

Required Courses

Focuses on the roles and ethical responsibilities in the accounting, auditing, and tax professions. Also covers ethical behavior by management as well as the legal guidelines that apply in a business setting.
ACCT 6253 | 3 credits
Covers business issues and financial reporting standards for state and local governments within the United States, as well as for nonprofit organizations. These organizations make up a large and growing share of the economy, and so it is important to consider whether the funds entrusted to them by taxpayers and donors are being used effectively. These entities have unique ways of reporting their financial results, based on their specific business purposes and the needs of their constituents. The course discusses these reporting methods and the use of the resulting financial reports in evaluating performance within the government and nonprofit contexts.
ACCT 6216 | 2 credits
Presents and discusses financial reporting practices for diversified, international business entities. In today’s global business environment, many corporations operate diverse economic activities and often conduct those activities across geographic boundaries. Examines accounting and disclosure standards in the United States that are relevant to presenting consolidated financial statements. Also analyzes accounting and disclosure standards in other countries and those developed by international bodies with respect to their effects on reporting entities and the financial markets.
ACCT 6204 | 3 credits

Elective Courses

In this term, you will take two 3 credit-hour elective courses for the concentration that you have selected. You may choose between Audit Concentration or Tax Concentration.

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Meet some of our students

“The only two people hired at EY in the Boston office in January were me and one of my MS in Accounting classmates. I think that’s a real testament to the program.”

“The people that surround me every day are just as eager to learn and develop their careers as I am,” says Dekel, “being around people who are of the same mentality pushes me to really challenge myself.”

“I wanted the best tools at my disposal to provide me the greatest chance of success, and from my experience thus far, that is exactly what the D’Amore-McKim MSA program has given me,” says Chmielinski.

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