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Answers to All Your Accounting Degree Questions

Wondering how long it takes to become an accountant? Curious about what jobs you can get with an accounting degree and how much accountants make? Or maybe you’re wondering about the nuts and bolts of our program, like admission requirements and where to send your test scores?

We have answers to all your questions about the accounting master’s degree at Michigan State University.

Our expert team is ready to guide you through your most commonly asked questions — ensuring you’re prepared to apply to our accounting graduate degree program. We help answer some frequently asked questions below.

If you have additional questions regarding our accounting program, contact us at, we’re happy to help.

Accounting Profession

  • What jobs can you get with an accounting master’s degree?

    A master’s in accounting puts you on the path to higher-paying jobs. Coursework covers advanced topics like auditing, taxation, financial accounting and business, which prepares you for leadership roles like controller, senior accountant, senior auditor, senior financial analyst or finance manager. Many graduate accounting students go on to pursue their CPA certification, which makes you more marketable for director-level or chief financial officer (CFO) positions.

  • How much do accountants make?

    Salary ranges are based on your location and experience. The national median salary is 32% higher for those with a graduate accounting degree versus those who just have an undergraduate accounting degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in 2021 for accountants and auditors was $77,250. More advanced jobs, such as corporate controller or tax manager, often pay annual salaries over $100,000.

  • How long does it take to become an accountant?

    You can work in the accounting profession with a bachelor’s degree. If you’re seeking advanced opportunities or CPA certification, our M.S. in Accounting can be completed in 12–24 months and satisfies the 150 credit hour requirement for CPA certification. Many of our students complete the CPA, CISA or CMA exam while earning their graduate degree. In fact, we are proud of our students’ 80% CPA exam pass rate on their first attempt, which is well above the national average of 54.4%.

  • What are the Big 4 accounting firms?

    Michigan State University is a targeted recruiting school for the Big 4 accounting firms. The Big 4 include Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), EY and KPMG. Combined, these four firms manage the audits of most publicly held U.S. companies.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

  • When do I apply for scholarships?

    We typically offer the scholarship application for students to fill out starting in December. The deadline for submission is around the third week in January. Applications to the MSA program must be completed by January 15 in order to qualify for a scholarship.

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