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.
"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, DC based alumni network. Accounting career preparation is also aided by our well-connected Kogod Center for Business Communication and the Office of Career Engagement.
MSA graduates excel in various accounting, auditing and budgeting roles, including supervisor, and managerial positions.
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
- 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 US 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 nine 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 6 exemptions of the ACCA’s 14 exams.
All applicants, including international applicants, are considered for merit scholarships during the application review process; a separate application is not required for consideration. There is a question on the application that asks you to confirm if you would like to be considered for scholarship. Please answer 'yes' to this question to be considered.
Please note:The answer to this question will not negatively impact your admissions decision. Typically only students who are otherwise funded would decline scholarship consideration.
There are also several MS Accounting scholarships that can offer financial assistance to students.