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.
MS in Accounting 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.
- 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
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- 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
- Two track options to focus your studies: Audit or Tax
- 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
- F-1 visa compliancy for international students
Meet some of our students
“Our professors were keen on introducing us to new data tools and preparing us to be agile for the changes coming in the industry.”
“I could see myself at the helm of a real estate investment firm someday, and I definitely feel I have the tools to get there thanks to the MS in Accounting.”
“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.”
- GMAT/GRE required? For the 2021-22 and 2022-2023 academic years, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission. For more information, review our admissions policies.
- English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
- Prerequisite coursework? Courses in Financial & Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I & II (with U.S. GAAP coverage), Auditing, U.S. Federal Income Tax, and U.S. Business Law are required.
- Where do I apply? Learn more here.
- Interview required? Interview by invitation only.
Classes begin in late May.
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At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.
Scholarships and Fellowships
D'Amore-McKim offers and partners with organizations that provide a variety of scholarships and fellowships to foster diversity and inclusion. Examples of these include The Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program, The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Graduate Fellowship, Prospansica MBA Scholarship, Posse MBA Scholarship, and the Reach Out MBA Fellowship.
Clubs and Organizations
Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:
The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.
Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.
We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.
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)
- U.S. Federal Income Tax
- U.S. Business Law
Summer 1 Term
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 entities. 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
Choose your track
Master the complexities of tax law and planning.
Acquire in-demand skills for a career in audit and assurance.
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
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