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

Our Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) Online program prepares students for rewarding careers from one of the best schools for online business education. Students are prepared for all facets of the field, from nonprofit to forensic accounting.

  • Kogod’s online MS in accounting program can be completed in as few as 12 months, when taking classes as a full-time student.
  • Kogod’s online MS in accounting program is 30-37.5 credit hours, dependent upon your undergraduate coursework.
  • 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 is delivered fully online with live classes, and pre-recorded lectures.

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

What will you study?

Business Foundation

If you do not have a bachelor's degree from an AACSB-accredited business program, you will have to take the below business foundations courses: 

  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Applied Managerial Statistics
  • Introduction to Economic Theory -OR- Managerial Economics and Corporate Strategy

If you do have a bachelor's degree from an AACSB-accredited business school, it is presumed that you have satisfied this requirement. All or part of this requirement may be waived for other students who have completed comparable courses in accounting, economics, finance, and/or statistics.

Accounting Core

All students must complete the core curriculum in graduate accounting to fulfill their degree requirements, including:

  • Tax planning for Individuals
  • Cost Accounting for Strategic Management
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Financial Reporting: Operations
  • Corporate Financial Reporting: Financial Transactions
  • Contemporary Assurance and Audit Services
  • Seminar in Accounting Theory

If you have a bachelor's degree in accounting, you may be able to waive with replacement many of the classes above. 

Focus Areas

You will have access to a variety of elective courses that will develop your expertise in a related field. Available focus areas include:

  • Accounting Analytics 
  • Financial Reporting & Assurance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Taxation

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Earn Your Certificate in Forensic Accounting or Taxation

Our MS in accounting gives you the curriculum flexibility to add a highly sought-after certificate in forensic accounting or taxation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Fall classes begin on August 26. To ensure we have enough time to review your candidacy, please submit your application and supplemental documents no later than July 1.

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
  • 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. Over $2,000,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students in the accounting program.

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.


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