Master's Degree in Accounting

Requirements

Am I qualified to get into an online accounting master’s program?

Degree

Bachelor's

Transcripts

Undergraduate

Recommendations

2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations

Tests

Graduate Management Admission Test

Most master's-level accounting programs will require a GMAT score, and many do not accept scores from alternate tests.

  • Average Score: 520
GRE

The Princeton Review recently noted that a growing number of business schools now accept a GRE score in lieu of a GMAT score. Students should contact their desired college or university to determine which entrance exam(s) will be accepted. For accounting applicants, admissions officers place a higher emphasis on quantitative scores.

Additional Requirements

GPA

Most schools require a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the undergraduate level.

Prerequisite Courses

Some accounting programs may require applicants to have completed courses like financial accounting or quantitative methods.

What undergraduate degrees do accounting students typically hold?

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Economics

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in accounting?

  • Complete an undergraduate internship with a reputable accounting or auditing firm.
  • Earn a professional certification, such as the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). In order to be eligible for these credentialing exams, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree.
  • Volunteer at an accounting firm during tax season to gain some additional experience.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online master’s students?

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online accounting master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • Ability to examine financial statements for firms or individuals and ensure that they are accurate and lawful
  • Calculate taxes for firms or individuals and prepare tax returns
  • Inspect account records and report and recommend process enhancements and other ways to reduce costs and improve profits

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in accounting, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Personal Financial Advisor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $99,920
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      223,400
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      283,718
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +27%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $136,310
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA — $151,470
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      New York — $136,310
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT — $131,360
  • Financial Analyst

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $91,620
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      250,670
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      290,777
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +16%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $120,060
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ — $125,140
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Delaware — $87,330
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT — $115,900
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerk

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $37,250
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      1,799,800
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      1,997,778
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +11%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Connecticut — $42,690
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA — $49,430
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Montana — $32,920
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Missoula, MT — $33,700
  • Accountants and Auditor

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $72,500
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      1,275,400
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      1,441,202
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +13%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $87,260
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ — $93,480
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Colorado — $72,110
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Olympia, WA — $71,150

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.

Resources

What are some of the most important publications in the accounting field today?

What RSS feeds related to accounting are worth subscribing to?

  • Accounting Today for the Web CPA: This site features nearly 30 categorized newsfeed channels, including ‘Accounting News,’ ‘Financial Advisory Practice Aids,’ and ‘IRS Watch.’
  • AICPA: The country’s leading professional organization for CPAs features RSS feeds related to accounting news, press releases, standards, and 14 “interest areas” (such as ‘Young CPA Network’ and ‘Financial Reporting Center’).
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers: The PwC website features eight RSS feeds, including ‘Press releases,’ ‘Research & insights,’ and ‘Center for Board Governance.’
  • AccountingWEB: The RSS feeds listed on this website are primarily concentrated in two accounting sub-fields: corporate accounting and information technology.
  • AccountancyAge: More than 40 accounting-oriented RSS feeds, including eight blogs, are listed on this website.

Programs

  1. American InterContinental University-Online

    19 Master’s Programs Available
  2. Auburn University

    8 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • Auburn, Alabama
    • Auburn University, AL
    • (334) 844-4000

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: City: Small
    • Student Population: 27,046
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 2194

    Master’s Programs Available

  3. Bay Path College

    16 Master’s Programs Available
  4. Bellevue University

    27 Master’s Programs Available
  5. Benedictine University

    11 Master’s Programs Available
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