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Accelerate your career in one year.

Learn from the best in the accounting industry. Consistently ranked as a top 10 program, our STEM-designated Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is a 30-credit comprehensive program of study that can be tailored to fit your professional goals.

M.S. in Accounting Brochure

M.S. in Accounting Graduate Handbook

  • 4
  • Master of Accounting
  • with Taxation Specialization
  • (Tax Talent, 2018)
  • 6
  • Best Master's in Accounting
  • (Tax Talent, 2018)
  • 8
  • Best Master's Program
  • in the Midwest
  • (Public Accounting Report, 2019)
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30 Credits

12 Months

Be future ready.

Accountants have a long history of helping stakeholders make sound business decisions. As technology evolves, markets globalize and businesses rely on data analytics in decision-making, the best accounting minds are equipped with a variety of skills to approach business differently.

Broad’s M.S. in Accounting STEM-designated program is nationally accredited and teaches students to address real-world challenges and deliver actionable solutions. In addition, the MSA program satisfies the 150 credit hour requirement for CPA certification, and many of our students complete the CPA, CISA, and CMA exam while earning their graduate degree.

Broad MSA graduates are:

Advanced accounting professionals

Business and data analysts

Confident, collaborative communicators

Critical thinkers

Strategic problem solvers

MSU Broad Master's in Accounting grad Michael Taravella smiling on a sunny sidewalk.
The MSA program provided me the confidence and network to create my own path as an entrepreneur. The professors challenged me to think bigger and to achieve my dreams. A one-year program with infinite returns.
Michael Taravella, CPA
M.S. Accounting ’14

Study what interests you.

Students can learn to lead in one or more of the following specialty areas:

Information Systems

Public and Corporate Accounting


Transaction Services

No matter what M.S. in Accounting specialty option you choose, you will learn from top minds in the field. Our award-winning, nationally recognized accounting faculty infuse expertise and enthusiasm into each course you take. Our respected alumni, established as industry leaders, often speak to classes about emerging trends and how to apply best practices in the field. As a result, you will gain practical knowledge and skills from our community of talent.

See the MSA Curriculum

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Create career possibilities.

The MSA program can be completed in just one year. Afterward, career possibilities for our graduates are endless. Our accounting graduates work around the world in organizations of all types and sizes as consultants, partners, executives, entrepreneurs and educators. The STEM certification provides Optical Practical Training (OPT) Extension of an additional 24 months beyond the standard 12 months under OPT, for a total of 36 months of work authorization.

In the past eleven years, eleven of our Master’s in Accounting students have been selected for the prestigious GASB/FASB post technical assistantship program.

An MSA degree from MSU creates endless opportunities for upward career mobility.

Boost your earning potential

A M.S. in Accounting graduate degree is a valuable credential to add to your resume. When raises and promotions are on the line, the degree could be the differentiator. The national median salary for 27-59 year old professionals is 32 percent higher for those with a graduate accounting degree versus those that just have an undergraduate accounting degree. In addition, the Broad MSA program prides itself in:

96% placement rate

Targeted recruiting school for Big 4 accounting firms

80% CPA Exam pass rate on first attempt (vs. 54.4% nationally)

General program questions may be directed to

If you would like to schedule an appointment with an advisor, please schedule with Shannon Mulally.

We seek top scholars from the United States and around the world. Students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership abilities, community involvement and solid communication skills are encouraged to apply.

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Our courses prepare students for what’s next in the accounting industry. For more information on required courses, review the curriculum.

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The Ernst & Young Communication Center is a unique and valuable resource designed to help M.S. in Accounting students develop and refine their interviewing, public speaking and writing skills.

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MSU Master of Science in Accounting graduate Mallory Woods poses for a headshot.
The most important skill I gained in the MSA program was effective communication. Class is more discussion-based than what I experienced in the undergraduate program, and professors expect a higher level of participation. I enjoyed this aspect of my classes, as I felt more involved in the learning process.
Mallory Woods
M.S. Accounting ’18

Learn differently.

The Master’s in Accounting program at Michigan State provides an innovative approach to education, positioning graduates for success in the business world and beyond. We train future leaders to approach business differently by enhancing their technical knowledge as well as their critical thinking, strategic problem solving, data analytics and collaborative communication skills.

To achieve this end, our unique experiential learning program includes opportunities such as the following:

Advanced Excel workshops

Team case studies

Discussion-based learning

Data visualization workshops

Improvisational speaking training

Let’s get started.

For additional details on the Broad Master of Science in Accounting program at MSU, complete our brief request form. We look forward to connecting.

Contact Information

  • M.S. in Accounting Program
  • Department of Accounting and Information Systems
  • Business College Complex
  • 632 Bogue St Rm N270
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone: (517) 432-0951
  • @MSUMSAccounting