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Online MS in Accounting

Program Length: 12-24 Months
Credit Hours: 37.5
Total Classes: 15
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At a Glance

Don't choose between your now and your future. You can have it all.

The online MS in accounting program was designed to provide students with as much flexibility as possible while also providing students with a variety of ways to interact with the content, your instructors, and your peers.

Students can complete the online MS in accounting program in as little as 12 months when taking a full-time course load but can choose their own pace of enrollment to fit their professional and personal lives.

Program Objectives

Learn the skills needed to succeed beyond the CPA exam.

  1. Functional Competencies

    Competency in the functional areas of accounting in the global business environment (audit, financial, managerial, and tax).

  2. Analytical Problem Solving

    Competency in applying quantitative information, technologies, and professional judgment in solving business problems.

  3. Research

    Proficiency in the use of research databases to provide insights on current accounting and tax issues.

  4. Professionalism

    Ability to understand the role of the accounting profession and the important professional, legal, and ethical obligations of accounting professionals.

  5. Résumé-Building Credentials

    We are one of the few universities to have a partnership with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Our affiliation exempts you from six of their global certification exams.

A Top-Ranked Online MS

Kogod’s MS in accounting is available entirely online. Ranked no. 16 by US News & World Report for Best Online Graduate Programs in 2021, our online degrees are packed with hands-on learning experiences that can easily transfer to a career in accounting.


A Top Ranking number 16

US News & World Report Ranking

Admission Requirement
Curriculum Description
Careers and Outcomes
Student Experience

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average. Applicants are not required to have completed an undergraduate degree in a field related to the online MS in accounting program.

To complete your application, you must submit the following:

Last year, Kogod awarded more than $2M in scholarships. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships during the application review and no separate application is required.

The online MS in accounting program consists of 30-37.5 credit hours, depending on your academic background. Our flexible curriculum means you can tailor your plan of studies to suit your goals. The program can satisfy the 150-hour CPA licensure requirement, and students can be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. Kogod’s online MS in accounting program can be completed in as few as 12 months when taking classes as a full-time student.

Details can be found on our Program Curriculum page.

Enhancing Your Career Path

Our graduates have found professional success in a wide range of industries that span the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Six months after graduation, ninety percent of our students report they are either fully employed, in graduate school, or both.

Below, explore career opportunities you may pursue with an MS in accounting online from American University.

  • Auditing Manager
  • Corporate Controller
  • Tax Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Internal Auditor
  • Treasurer

Recent employers include:

  • EY
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte/Deloitte & Touche 
  • PwC
  • CohnReznick
  • Fannie Mae 
  • SC&H Group
  • Jane Goodall Institute
  • Johnsons & Johnson
  • FTI Consulting
  • Navigant Consulting
  • US Marine Corps

Our faculty are not only excellent educators, but they continue to be actively engaged with their profession. They use hands-on methods to teach students accounting skills through experiential exercises and collaborative projects. Plus, accounting experts from the Big Four and boutique firms like Cohn Reznik and Baker Tilly are regular guest speakers.

Visit our Program Faculty page to learn more about our faculty.

Courses will consist of 1.5 hours of live instruction, roughly one hour of asynchronous education, and five hours of outside coursework. All taught by expert faculty, including Congressional accountants and consultants.

Partnership with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

We are one of the few universities in the US to have a partnership with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. By completing the online MS in accounting program, you can wave up to 6 of their 14 exams. We will also help you prepare for the ACFE’s exam and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential- the main certification for international anti-fraud professionals.

We Bring AU to You

Kogod’s dedicated in-house career support offers résumés, cover letters, interviewing, and networking coaching and helps students land desirable internships and full-time positions. Some of our graduates’ top employers include KPMG, EY, PwC, Deloitte, and Fannie Mae.

Our faculty are experienced practitioners.

Kogod’s professors don’t just teach—they do. Our faculty are real-world practitioners who bring extensive experience and connections to the classroom.


Learn to Lead in Modern Business

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