Develop your accounting knowledge, skills and understanding to enhance your existing career or make a career change with an online master’s degree in accounting and data analytics from Michigan State University. We will prepare you with the technical knowledge and data analytics skills necessary to take advantage of the growing career opportunities in accounting and finance. While our program will build on your existing knowledge of accounting and data analytics, prior background in accounting is not a prerequisite for admission — our curriculum includes foundational accounting courses to ensure all students are prepared and able to succeed.
We designed our online master’s degree in accounting and data analytics to be flexible and customizable. Take classes at your own pace and dive deeper into a concentration area — accounting analytics, taxation, managerial analysis for decision making, or transaction services (mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, and bankruptcy) — to pursue your passion and prepare yourself for today’s most in-demand business roles.
Our online master’s in accounting and data analytics equips students from diverse backgrounds with the technical accounting knowledge and data analysis skills that are in high demand in organizations in all sectors of the economy.
Students with an accounting background will graduate prepared to tackle advanced areas such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), taxation and corporate accounting, as well as advisory and consulting roles.
If you’re a student without an accounting background, our master’s in accounting and data analytics will prepare you to confidently join the workforce in an analyst role across finance and accounting functions in public and private organizations, accounting firms or governmental agencies.
Plus, you can apply your coursework toward the education requirements of professional certifications such as the Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.
With growing complexity in financial operations, accountants and auditors with specialized education and experience in data analytics are in high demand. As a graduate with a master’s in accounting and data analytics from MSU, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a rewarding career in a variety of roles, such as:
At MSU, we prepare you for a successful future. Working with our extensive alumni in the field, our expert faculty bring modern workplace scenarios to the classroom to help you sharpen your analytical and problem-solving skills so you’re ready to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Our reputation and experience placing students among top-tier accounting firms means you’ll graduate in high demand.
Gain real-world experience through extensive hands-on work that surrounds you with the language of business as you develop your skills in data analysis, data visualization, data mining, modeling, forecasting, statistics and business communication, including how to use data to tell a business story. As a student in our online master’s in data analytics, you’ll apply textbook learning to real-life business problems to develop fresh insights that prepare you for today’s workplace.
MSU accounting programs are consistently ranked among the top accounting programs in the nation, and we are a key recruiting school for most major accounting firms — more Michigan CPAs are graduates of MSU than any other college or university in the state. As an accounting and data analytics graduate, you will be in high demand as you join the proud network of over 80,000 Broad Spartans creating value around the globe. Our long-standing AACSB Accounting accreditation — an accomplishment reached by fewer than 5% of all accounting departments — our college’s AACSB accreditation, and our faculty’s emphasis on creating programs in service of students, the entire Broad College institution stands firmly behind your success.
Whether you’re looking to enter the growing accounting field or seeking advancement opportunities, you’ll graduate from our online master’s in data analytics with the confidence of having studied, practiced and perfected your business acumen during your time with us at Broad. Go at your own pace — take one class at a time to graduate in less than two years, or double up to graduate in just one year — and customize your degree with a concentration that aligns with your personal goals. Don’t have a background in accounting? No problem! Our foundational curriculum ensures everyone is set up for success, without adding time or expense to your degree plan.
It’s easy to apply to the online master’s degree in accounting and data analytics program — no GRE or GMAT requirement! You can start in the fall or spring and our admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Read more about the admission criteria, process, deadlines and how to apply.Learn More
Our foundational curriculum takes a comprehensive approach in addressing all the skills necessary — financial acumen, business frameworks, analytics, critical thinking, and strategic problem solving — to prepare you with a solid understanding of accounting and data analytics, while your concentration coursework allows you to take a deeper dive into the area that interests you most. Together, this coursework builds a solid foundation on which to build or accelerate your career.Learn More
We make getting your online master’s degree affordable with low tuition and dedicated scholarships for accounting students. Our online master’s degree offers the same tuition for Michigan residents and non-residents.Learn More
If you are not yet ready to commit to an online master’s in data analytics, or if you are looking to sharpen your skills in a particular area, we offer four graduate certificate programs that can be taken on a stand-alone basis or can be transferred in (up to 9 credits) as credits to the Master of Science in Accounting and Data Analytics program.Learn More
The MSADA is completely online. The program is intended for students to complete at their own pace. All courses are in seven-week sections. The foundation courses can be completed in a year.
Students may start the program in either the Fall Semester (August) or Spring Semester (January).
The program is 30 credits. It is designed so that you can go part-time and at your own pace. Students without an accounting background can complete the program in as little as two years. Those with an academic background in accounting could possibly complete the program in a year.
No. The program is 30 credits for students with or without a background in accounting/business. If you have some accounting courses in your background, the program director will review these with you, and you may be able to waive the appropriate foundation courses. Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting would bypass the foundation courses and can choose up to three of the specialization areas to create their 30-credit program.
Yes. The program is designed so that students can go at their own pace. Courses are in seven-week sessions and are delivered asynchronously so that students can complete coursework at times convenient to them.
The courses are asynchronous and can be completed on your own time. Faculty members may have optional synchronous offerings and office hours, and office hours by appointment.
No. For students without an accounting background, there is a set of six foundational courses (18 credits.) After you complete these, you will be prepared to enroll in the courses in the four specialty areas.
Up to nine credits can be transferred into a graduate program, however this is not guaranteed. The program director will review your courses and decide if credits can be transferred to the MSADA.
Up to nine credits can be transferred into a graduate program. Two of the certificates are nine credits and all credits can be used toward the MSADA. Two certificates are 12 credits, and only nine of those 12 can be used toward the MSADA.
Yes. However, students without an accounting and business background would need additional courses to qualify. CPA certification is regulated at the state level, and students need to research the requirements in the state in which they want to be certified. Although the rules are similar, there can be differences.
In Michigan, students need 150 credit hours of college education, including a bachelor’s degree. The student must have a major or concentration in accounting. A concentration in accounting includes 24 semester hours of accounting including financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting systems, taxation, government/fund accounting, and auditing. In addition, a student must have 24 semester hours of general business subjects.
No, the transcript does not indicate the modality of a program.
It is recommended that you have a completed application submitted at least three months prior to the semester in which you want to start. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, meaning a decision will be made shortly after you have a complete application in the system.
While an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is highly preferred, admission decisions are made based on a review of all components of the application: transcripts, the statement of purpose, work experience, and letters of recommendation.
Recommendations that are viewed as strong come from people who can speak objectively to your ability to be successful in a graduate program. Letter writers should address things like your qualities, skills, traits, intellect, personality characteristics, motivation, etc. as they relate to the Master of Science in Accounting and Data Analytics program. Strong letters come from former faculty, employers, mentors, and advisors. Personal references such as those from family and friends, are not typically appropriate for an application to a graduate degree program.
You can upload an unofficial transcript for the application, but if you are admitted and accept, we will require official transcripts.
No. If your undergraduate degree was earned outside the U.S., official stamped hardcopies of transcript(s) and diploma(s) in original language (if applicable) and English translations, received directly from the issuing institution in a sealed university envelope are required.
International applicants whose undergraduate degree was completed outside the U.S. are required to provide English language competency test scores. More information on these tests and waiver options can be found on the Graduate School’s website.
Admission to a program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree requires completion of a level of education comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. High scholastic standing and suitable preparation for the intended field of study are also considered. Normally, Michigan State University does not accept three-year bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, or certificates as comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.
The MSU Graduate School website has more information regarding admission for international students. Please note that some of the information applies to in-person programs and student visa requirements (for example, financial proof) and is not relevant to online programs.
Tuition for the Master of Science in Accounting and Data Analytics program is billed per credit. The current tuition rate is $817.25 per credit hour for in-state, out-of-state, and international students. Students may incur additional course-related expenses for reading materials or software licenses.
The Accounting & Information Systems department may have scholarships available for students with outstanding qualifications. Applicants who think they might qualify based upon their strong credentials are encouraged to contact the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside of private scholarship programs, most aid for graduate students consists of loans. MSU’s Office of Financial Aid provides information on financial aid opportunities available to graduate students.
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