MS Accounting An innovative curriculum. Award-winning faculty. Outstanding career guidance.

Our Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program prepares students for rewarding careers in all facets of the field, from nonprofit to forensic accounting.

Whether you're advancing your career, transitioning to a new one, or just starting out, the MSA program will put you on track to compete in a flourishing field-one that's projected to increase 22 percent in the next decade. The MSA curriculum focuses on various accounting topics - including auditing, forensic investigation, business ethics, information systems and more - to develop the leadership qualities and data-utilization skills you'll need to excel in the industry. There are also several MS Accounting Scholarships that can offer financial assistance to students.

Diverse Experiences with Real-World Practioners

Kogod graduate students receive dedicated, personal attention. Assistant Dean Casey Evans is reviewing with a graduate student.

The Kogod MSA faculty are real-world practitioners who bring their diverse experiences and unique business backgrounds to the classroom.

The MS Accounting faculty uses experiential exercises and integrated projects to teach you the principles of business accounting. Our talented department will provide personal attention to help you analyze the accounting world from every angle.

Prominent accounting experts from the Big Four firms are regular guest speakers.

Specialize your coursework

The MSA program is between 30-37.5 credits, depending upon your prior academic experience in Accounting. Full-time students typically complete the program in 1-1.5 years. Part-time students typically complete the program in 2-2+ years. Courses generally meet once per week in time slots of 5:30pm-8:00pm and occasionally 8:20pm-10:50pm.

Courses are grouped into 3 types: Business Foundations, Core Accounting, and Electives. With input from you, the program director will prepare an individualized program plan for you based upon your prior academic experience. Students with an accounting background can choose from a range of courses in financial reporting and assurance, forensic accounting, or taxation. And all students select elective courses to supplement their specialty- as well as take part in internships and leadership opportunities.

Graduates emerge from the masters program well-prepared for the CPA exam, and, most importantly, a successful career.

We Know Success

% of Graduates are now Working, Grad School, or Both
Kogod Alumni Devo Wallick

Devon Wallick

"I felt encouraged to do what made me happy. My professors always focused on my individual path, rather than what I was 'supposed' to do."

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Learning in a Prime Location

Intern at major accounting firms and companies throughout Washington, DC.

With a high success rate for full-time employment, the MSA program sets you up for a job outcome that fits your goals.

AU's location in the nation's capital offers students access to extensive accounting internship and employment opportunities across the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors. With a specialized accounting focus of your choice, you'll pursue positions that match your interests.

Alumni Profile: MS Accounting

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"Ernst & Young, my current employer, tells me they're surprised at some of the knowledge I have."

Both full-time students and working professionals, take full advantage of the connected Washington, D.C. based alumni network. Accounting career preparation is also aided by our well-connected Kogod Center for Business Communication and Kogod Center for Career Development.

MSA graduates excel in various accounting, auditing and budgeting roles, including supervisor and managerial positions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni of the MSA program work for a variety of companies in a wide range of positions, including, but not limited to:

  • Deloitte/Deloitte & Touche
  • EY
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • CohnReznick
  • RSM US LLP
  • Fannie Mae
  • FTI Consulting
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Navigant Consulting
  • SC&H Group

Yes, students select from a variety of graduate accounting and tax courses designed to prepare students for the advanced topics covered on the CPA exam.

They’ll also be equipped to meet the educational requirements for public accounting licensure in most U.S. states.

The program can range from 30 to 37.5 credit hours. Students with undergraduate accounting degrees can complete the program in one calendar year by completing 15 graduate accounting hours and 15 graduate elective hours. Students with an undergraduate degree in other business disciplines can complete the program in one year as well (21 graduate accounting hours and 9 hours of graduate electives), but it could take those without a business background 1.5 to 2 years to finish. 

Flexibility is offered for working professionals.

Yes, the Kogod School of Business at American University has partnered with ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) to provide you access to the global qualification.  While you study for your MSA at Kogod, you can gain exemptions from the ACCA qualification.  By completing the MSA program, you are eligible for up to 8 exemptions of the ACCA’s 14 exams.  

Still have questions?
Send us an email: kogodgrad@american.edu