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    20 Months

Program Overview

Prepare to become the accounting leader organizations are eager to hire.

The online M.S. in Accounting at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is designed by professionals, for professionals. The accounting program was created to ensure the next generation of accounting leaders understand the business and managerial acumen critical to the success and integrity of the field.

In addition to advanced accounting techniques, the curriculum focuses on key business topics such as financial communication, leadership, ethics, and information systems. You gain in-depth knowledge on corporate responsibility, strategic planning and management, and loss prevention, so you graduate ready for the challenges of management-level positions.

The program also contributes to the 30 credits required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)1 and covers content found in the CPA and CMA exams.

Program Highlights

Once you graduate from the program, you'll be able to:

  • Address organizational challenges from an advanced accounting perspective.
  • Evaluate complex accounting situations.
  • Assess emerging and global accounting issues that can contribute to organizational success.
  • Articulate a process for making ethical decisions.
  • Manage accounting teams to achieve established goals.
  • Communicate complex financial information in a clear and concise manner to multiple stakeholders across the business.

Career Impact
As of May 2018, the median annual salary for accountants and auditors was $70,500, with employment projected to grow 10 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than average for all occupations.2 And while no degree is bulletproof, according to the 2017 Trends Report, historically the CPA profession has had significantly lower rates of unemployment than the economy as a whole, even during tough economic times.3 Top titles for M.S. in Accountancy graduates include:

  • Accountants and auditors, annual median salary:
    $70,500 | job growth rate: 10%2
  • Budget analysts, annual median salary:
    $76,220 | job growth rate: 7%4
  • Financial analysts, annual median salary:
    $85,660 | job growth rate: 11%5
  • Financial managers, annual median salary:
    $127,990 | job growth rate: 19%6

1Certification requirements vary by state; it is the responsibility of individual students to review all requirements and criteria for the state in which they are seeking certification.

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors. Retrieved from

3(2017) 2017 Trends in the supply of accounting graduates and the demand for public accounting recruits. Retrieved from

4Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Budget Analysts. Retrieved from

5Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Analysts. Retrieved from

6Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Managers. Retrieved from

Course Information

Providing students with the skills and knowledge to move into accounting management positions, coursework includes accounting, management, finance, taxation, as well as current trends and issues, leadership, and ethics.

For more information, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive provisional status in the program at the discretion of the MSA program director.
  3. $25 non-refundable application fee: Note that Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans, and active military personnel are exempt from this application fee.
  4. Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your undergraduate institution in a sealed envelope. We don't accept transcripts that are scanned, emailed, or faxed.
  5. A written statement: Your written statement is an opportunity to share your path to accounting, any previous experiences or education, and how you envision your future career. How will Saint Mary's online Master of Science in Accounting program help you achieve your goals? Share any strengths you bring to the program and other personal information that you feel add to your application.
  6. Two letters of reference or recommendation: Letters should speak to your academic ability and professional or volunteer experience, and how it has prepared you for the online MSA program.
  7. An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.
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Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $660 Per Credit


Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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