MS in Accounting


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Dr. Jia Wu
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Advance your career with Charlton’s Master of Science in Accounting (MSA). The MSA offers the professional development that will position you as a leader in the accounting field while maximizing your earnings potential.

If you have your bachelor’s degree in accounting, pursuing the MSA offers the academic preparation and practical skills that will lead to career success.

For non-accounting graduates, the MSA provides the opportunity to transition to rewarding careers in accounting and related professions.

CPA, CMA and other accounting certifications

If you are pursuing the CPA designation, the MSA program will help you meet the 150 credit rule that has been adopted by all states. The program offers courses that are consistent with the content specifications of the CPA and Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exams and topics. The program will also provide excellent preparation for other valuable accounting related professional certifications such as the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

UMass Dartmouth advantages

• Maximum flexibility with online, blended, and face-to-face delivery formats
• Offers three tracks of graduate accounting education for students with different accounting and business backgrounds
• Provides high value and high quality
• Taught by leading scholars supplemented by a cadre of seasoned practitioners
• Opportunities for networking and dialogue with other professionals and faculty

Program requirements

Program requirements vary, depending on whether you begin the MSA with a bachelor's degree in accounting, a business degree, or a degree in another field.

With a bachelor's in accounting:
• 7 required courses
• 3 elective courses

With a bachelor's in business:

• 10 required courses
• 1 elective course

With a bachelor's in another field:

• 14 required courses
• 1 elective course

For detailed curriculum outlines, see the MSA fact sheet

Selected MS Accounting courses

ACT 650 Accounting for Decision Making
ACT 670 Financial Statement Analysis and Firm Valuation
ACT 671 Strategic Cost Management 
ACT 672 International Accounting 
ACT 673 Government and Non-profit Accounting 
ACT 680 Forensic Accounting 
ACT 681 Advanced Managerial Accounting 
MGT 600 Corporate Social Responsibility and Law 
MIS 650 Information Technology Management 
FIN 650 Finance for Decision Making

Selected faculty

Chan Du, DBA, Boston University: corporate governance, executive compensation, financial statement analysis, pedagogy in accounting education.

Michael Griffin, MBA, CPA, CMA, CFM, ChFC, Bryant University: accounting information systems, accounting education, managerial accounting, e-commerce.

Tien-shih Hsieh, PhD, Bentley University: accounting information systems, behavioral accounting, corporate social responsibility reporting.

Ling Lin, DBA, Boston University: financial accounting, international accounting, auditing quality, institutional ownership.

Hai Ta, PhD, Drexel University: financial accounting, international accounting, managerial accounting.

Jangwon Suh, PhD, CUNY Baruch: financial accounting, international accounting, managerial accounting.

Adam J. Sulkowski, JD, MBA, Boston College: business law, environmental law, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.

Lisa Szargowitz, MST, CPA, CGMA, Bentley University: financial accounting, intermediate accounting, managerial accounting.

Bruce Walter, MBA, CPA, UMass Dartmouth: financial accounting, intermediate accounting, managerial accounting.

Jia Wu, PhD, Rutgers University: accounting information systems and auditing, and analytical controls in continuous auditing.

For more information:
Dr. Jia Wu
Program Coordinator

Application requirements

Candidates must submit the required application materials and application fee to the Graduate School. Applications are reviewed and judged on the following criteria:

1. Undergraduate degree: Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.

2. GMAT exam or equivalent: The GMAT requirement for graduate program admission at UMass Dartmouth is waived* if the applicant proves, to UMass Dartmouth's satisfaction, any of the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate business degree from an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • An earned baccalaureate degree in any major from an accredited institution with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum of five (5) years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience, including supervisory roles with increased responsibility.
  • An earned terminal graduate degree (PhD, MD, JD, DNP, DBA, etc.) from an accredited institution.
  • Licensure in the United States as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Financial Planner. Other certification programs may also qualify for this waiver at the discretion of UMass Dartmouth. The applicant can fulfill the documentation requirement by submitting official transcripts and a description of the work experience, signed and dated by the applicant/employee and his/her supervisor.

3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a faculty member and one from an employer.

4. A personal statement (minimum 300 words) explaining the applicant's career goals and motivation for the degree.

5. Current Resume.

6. Candidates whose Bachelor’s degree was not earned in an approved English language country must submit either the TOEFL exam (minimum score of 72 internet-based or 533 paper-based) or IELTS exam (minimum band score of 6.0).

* Applicants whose GMAT requirement is waived may still be required to take Foundation courses prior to beginning the graduate coursework. Exceptions and waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Download the GMAT Waiver Request form.

Please forward all credentials to:

Office of Graduate Studies
UMass Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300

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