Your 30-credit program is designed to be taken with a full-time course load and is approved by the Massachusetts Board of Accountancy. You’ll complete this rigorous coursework as part of an intimate MS in Accounting cohort. Together, you and your classmates will establish deep personal and professional connections, ensuring the learning spills out of the classroom and your network grows strong.

You will begin your program with core accounting courses. In your second term, which begins in July, you will take the required courses for the track of study that you have selected. There are two concentrations for you to choose from: Audit and Tax. In your third term, which starts in September, you will take the remainder of required core courses and your concentration electives.

You may receive transfer credit for a maximum of 9 credits. A minimum of 21 credits must be taken with the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. A minimum grade point average of 3.000 is required for graduation.

If you are a Northeastern University MS in Accounting PlusOne student, your curriculum will differ from what is below. Please contact us to discuss your curriculum.

Classes begin in late May.

Download the MS in Accounting curriculum map to view the typical program timeline.



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.

Meaningful Experiential Learning

The integration of academic thinking with authentic, experiential learning is fast becoming the proven method for developing the skills needed to meet today’s business-world demands. No one has greater experience evolving and applying this approach than the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. It’s an approach that allows students to expand their knowledge base beyond the classroom.

Our MS in Accounting students learn from faculty that come from an extensive industry background. Students are guided through project-based learning tasks including activities such as a real world consulting project with an external company, utilization of data analytics, and exposure to forensic accounting. These components provide you with a powerful blend of experience and skills.

Gain real industry experience by working face-to-face with growing businesses in need of financial services during their starting phases. These special requests range from tax support to budgeting and analysis.

International students who successfully complete a 15-credit certificate on campus are eligible to apply for OPT work authorization. Apply your classroom learning to real-world work experience.

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This MS in Accounting program has challenged my abilities and pushed me to improve upon all the skills I developed throughout my undergraduate studies. Beyond building the advanced technical and analytical skills expected from the program, there is an additional emphasis on communication. Particularly, the art of articulating information and communicating it in an organized, timely fashion, which is an essential quality expected out of today’s professionals. 

NICK CHMIELINSKI , MSA’16

Upon completion of the program, you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to demonstrate critical thinking in a business environment.