The combination of the constant change in the business world and the relentlessly growing need for accountants has created an exciting opportunity for accounting students. There are numerous career opportunities for graduates. To meet the needs of the market and propel our students into successful careers, the MSA program provides in-depth coverage of the conceptual and technical aspects of accounting, as well as accounting research. In addition to quality education, the MSA program prepares students with sound ethics and strong communication skills.
The 30-credit MSA program can be completed entirely online! Our students can earn a master’s degree remotely from anywhere is the US. Additionally, students who earned their undergraduate accounting degree at UP in complete the MSA program in one year taking 6 credits per semester. For students applying from other schools, only one additional semester is needed. Courses will be offered in 8-week sessions. The design is for one course to be focused on per session, with two sessions offered each semester.
Online classes are offered in an environment that fosters communication and discussion among classmates and faculty. Relationships developed between faculty and students enhance the ability of faculty to provide the individualized attention. Furthermore, communication among students creates a professional cohort for graduates to turn to throughout careers.
The curriculum offered blends the conceptual and practical aspects of accounting. Exposure to the underlying conceptual framework of accounting provides a basis of dealing with emerging accounting issues, while examination of technical pronouncements enables students to gain insight into practical issues encountered in an accounting environment. The curriculum strives to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The MSA program provides students the opportunity to earn the additional 30 credits needed to sit for the CPA exam (150 semester credit hours are required). Completing these additional 30 credits in the MSA program prepares students with a much broader knowledge base for passing the exam than is generally achieved in a baccalaureate program.
The degree programs offered at the University of Providence will prepare students for a wide variety of jobs available in the business world. Students will receive the skills needed to seek professional certifications to work in the public accounting fields, as well as private industry, including not-for-profit and government entities. Credentials that students may qualify to test for include CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accounting), CFM (Certified in Financial Management), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor).
Master of Science in Accounting
“I finished my undergraduate (accounting) degree in 3.5 years and promptly started on my master’s. What I enjoyed most about the accounting department at UP was our small, intimate classes. I loved going through the whole program with the same group of 5-8 people who I could count on. I was able to grasp the hardest concepts due to the level of one-on-one access to my professors. I always felt welcome walking into their office to get help on homework, or chat about life when I had some extra time. I would recommend the UP accounting program to anyone who is interested in a small learning environment that focuses on each individual.”
– Sherry Blaisdell, alumnus