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Master of Science in Accounting

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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12 master's courses
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Earn your degree on your terms.

Why earn a master’s degree in accounting from Strayer?

A Master of Science in Accounting from Strayer University takes you far beyond financial data and analysis. You’ll gain strategies to help you understand expanding markets, resource and asset management and emerging opportunities. You’ll also build knowledge and skills to help you pursue the next step in your career.

Summer classes start July 1

MS in Accounting program overview

You’ll learn to apply technical concepts to real-world domestic and global business operations, economic theories to business problems, and accounting principles to the business decision-making process. And you’ll learn how to communicate it all to a variety of audiences.

Is a master’s in accounting good to have? It depends on what you learn.

  • Apply accounting theories to explain the impact of accounting practices on business operations.
  • Analyze accounting data, finance information and accounting systems to make relevant business decisions.
  • Develop an implementation plan using business concepts to address an organization’s information.
  • Use communication skills in a business environment to convey accounting policies, practices and procedures throughout an organization.
  • Apply ethical considerations into supporting accounting practices, policies and procedures within an organization.

Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter. In general, Strayer University aims to keep the student-to-instructor ratio low.

How long does it take to get a master’s in accounting?

  • There are 12 11-week courses in this program.
  • How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
  • Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
  • One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
  • The standard requirement for one course is for students to spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work. Strayer’s course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.

Features

Start-to-finish support

Your admissions officer and student services coach will motivate and support you from enrollment to the day you graduate. 

ASPA Membership

Strayer students enrolled in the public administration program may have an opportunity to join or renew their membership with the the American Society for Public Administration. Connect with us for details.

A real student community

Experience online and live discussions, receive mentoring, expand your professional networks and create lifelong friendships.

Accredited online university

Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We're committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you're proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.

Courses earned from Strayer University do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations to practice certain professions in any state. All students interested in practicing a regulated accounting profession requiring licensure from a state regulatory agency should contact the appropriate state regulatory agency in their field of interest. A listing of contact information for the most common accounting-related licensing boards is available on the Strayer website at: https://www.strayer.edu/student-consumer-information/licensed-careers.

Licensing information is also available from the following websites: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (www.nasba.org), Institute of Internal Auditors (www.theiia.org), Institute of Management Accountants (www.imanet.org) and the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (www.acatcredentials.org).

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of Strayer master's alumni agree that Strayer was the right choice for earning their degree.

Strayer Alumni Survey, 2023

Accounting concentrations

Choose from four concentrations, tailored to fit your goals. If you can’t decide, your admissions officer is here to help.

Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does a master's in accounting cost?

The cost of an MS in Accounting depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does a master's in accounting cost?

The cost of an MS in Accounting depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

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Program cost breakdown

This program consists of 12 courses, with the price of $1,680 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term, and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.

Transfer credits

Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to four classes toward your master’s degree. The Strayer transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.

Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in North Carolina or Pennsylvania may transfer up to four classes

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.

There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.

More than 500 organizations invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to tuition savings and other eductional benefits. If your employer is a corporate partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.

Private loans

Non-federal loans may pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs. The terms and conditions of federal loans are often more favorable than private loans and should be considered before exploring private loans.

Military tuition assistance

Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here.

Veteran benefits

In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.

Expand your expertise in accounting

With an increased understanding of accounting management, analysis of accounts, business concepts, communication and ethics, you’ll be prepared to move your accounting career forward. View all courses.

Courses earned from Strayer University do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations to practice certain professions in any state. All students interested in practicing a regulated accounting profession requiring licensure from a state regulatory agency should contact the appropriate state regulatory agency in their field of interest. A listing of contact information for the most common accounting-related licensing boards is available on the Strayer website at: https://www.strayer.edu/student-consumer-information/licensed-careers.

Licensing information is also available from the following websites: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (www.nasba.org), Institute of Internal Auditors (www.theiia.org), Institute of Management Accountants (www.imanet.org) and the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation (www.acatcredentials.org).

Sample courses

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ACC 557 - Financial Accounting

This course provides a framework for financial accounting concepts and practices used by internal and external users in businesses. Topics presented include the accounting cycle, financial reporting, financial statements analysis, ratio calculation and interpretation and management decision-making based on financial results.

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ACC 562 - Advanced Auditing

Prerequisite: ACC 403

Surveys in-depth analysis of current auditing issues, including professional standards and ethics, internal control gathering and documentation of evidence, and statistical sampling. Focuses on detailed analysis of audit programs and electronic data processing, as well as concepts concerning the financial condition and operation of commercial enterprises.

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ACC 564 - Accounting Information Systems

Introduces the student to systems analysis and application of information systems concepts to the accounting process and accounting models, both manual and automated.

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ACC 599 - Graduate Accounting Capstone

This course allows students to apply the knowledge gained in the program related to financial and managerial accounting, forensic accounting and auditing concepts. The students will apply critical thinking and decision-making skills to real world business cases involving complex accounting decision through analysis, synthesis, prescription and application of accounting concepts.

A grade of B or higher is required for satisfactory course completion.

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FIN 534 - Financial Management

Introduces the concepts of finance. Reviews the basic tools and their use for making financial decisions. Explains how to measure and compare risks across investment opportunities. Analyzes how a firm chooses the set of securities it will issue to raise capital from investors as well as how the firm’s capital structure is formed. Examines how the choice of capital structure affects the value of the firm. Presents valuation and integrates risk, return and the firm’s choice of capital structure. PREREQUISITE: ACC 556 or ACC 557

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LEG 565 - Commercial Law

Analyze the legal environment in which business must operate. Examine key provisions of the major federal laws related to labor, consumer protection, property rights, securities, bankruptcy and environmental protection. Review the various forms of business and the topic of corporate governance. Examine contracts and the UCC, product liabilities, torts and issues associated with intellectual property. Discuss legal issues associated with international business.

Master’s admission requirements

Before you can pursue your master’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university. 

A completed application and enrollment agreement, as applicable

Proof of a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 out of 4.0

Official copies of transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended

A valid, current and legible government-issued photo identification

Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.

Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.

Transferring to Strayer from another university?

Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.

International master's students

We welcome international students.

Campus locations

Come to a campus near you for guidance and support. You’ll have access to helpful resources, a supportive community and plenty of spaces to learn and grow.

Ready to take the next step?

Your admissions officer is here to guide you through every step of the process, from completing your application to choosing your concentration.