An Accounting degree Built with You in Mind

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An Accounting degree Built with You in Mind

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An MS in Accounting with Financial and Educational Value

Prepare to sit for the CPA Exam and complete your credit hour licensure requirements while you earn the MS in Accounting degree that combines accounting proficiency with in-depth concentrations in key areas such as Business Analytics, Fraud & Forensics, and Taxation.  For those seeking to build their skills, these concentrations are also available as stand-alone certificates.*

This powerful online degree will uniquely position you to maximize career opportunities and accelerate career progression in the high-paying, growing career field of accounting.  The MS in Accounting is also now more affordable than ever – allowing you to rapidly achieve a positive return on the investment in your education.

*Pre-requisites may apply

Earn Your MSA for less than $20,000

MS in Accounting Tuition Levels*

Undergraduate Degree Credits Required Tuition Rate
ACCOUNTING 32 $19,900
BUSINESS (Non-Accounting) 32 $19,900
NON-BUSINESS 38 $22,900

* Our program is open to those with an accounting, business or non-business/non-accounting undergraduate degree, and can be pursued by anyone seeking CPA licensure in any state. However, it is important to note that any deviations from a 32- or 38-credit curriculum will result in tuition adjustments. If you are planning to license in a state outside of Massachusetts, it is important that you review the CPA requirements of your state at If students would like to build on the amount of credits in the program, additional credits will be priced at the standard tuition rates. Estimated costs do not include fees.

#1: Competitive Tuition Helps You Get There More Economically

Our MSA offers a competitive tuition rate among programs of this quality and size, where most students could earn an MSA for under $20,000. The value of your Merrimack education is further enhanced as you progress through our program while supported by our dedicated and credentialed faculty. Compare Merrimack MS in Accounting tuition to other colleges nationwide and see how affordable this powerful degree really is. This is your opportunity to build towards future success.

#2: Employer-Aligned Curriculum Gives You Greater Earning Power

With a strong base of core courses, our curriculum is further strengthened by concentrations in Fraud & Forensics, Business Analytics, and Taxation to give your educational path the in-depth knowledge it will benefit from as you grow your career opportunities. Concentrations will help you stand out and are also available as stand-alone certificates. Building your skills in these industry-identified critical knowledge areas can help increase earning potential beyond those with a Bachelor’s degree alone.

Fast-Track Your Credentials and Career Opportunities and Earn More

Potential career paths for graduates of the Master of Science in Accounting include:

Sr. Tax Accountant

$72,116per year

Sr. Forensic Accountant

$82,375per year

Corporate Controller

$94,232per year

Source:, Obtained October 2020

MS in Accounting
Program Benefits

  • 100% Online

  • No GMAT Required

  • 16 Month Degree Completion Time

  • NECHE Accredited

  • Competitive Tuition

  • Multiple Program Start Dates

  • Employer-Aligned Curriculum

  • Personal Program Advisor

  • Meets the Educational Requirement for CPA Licensure

Application Deadline Approaching! Apply by August 16 to Begin Classes on August 30.

Expand Your Knowledge and Resume with Specialized Concentrations / Certificates

The Business Analytics concentration, endows students with introductory knowledge and skills in extracting decision-guiding insights out of data and synthesizing the resultant insights with related theoretical and experiential knowledge. Students are introduced to core elements of data management, preparation, analysis, visualization, and result interpretation and communication, in a theory + application context.  Analytics has also recently been identified by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) as one of the key areas of growth in the accounting industry and is being integrated as part of the revisions to the Uniform CPA exam.

Understanding and comprehending how to identify Fraud when conducting an audit is part of the investigative action accountants take to help pinpoint deception or criminal activity.  By completing the Fraud & Forensic concentration, students are introduced to topics around fraud examination, cyber security and tax fraud. The skills acquired will equip students with the tools needed to identify inaccurate reporting and fiscal malfeasance that can occur in organizations.

Taxation is a key sector in the accounting industry. Organizations are always looking for strategic ways to maximize revenue and minimize tax. By completing the Taxation concentration, students are introduced to advanced topics in taxation, and have the option to gain more specialized insight into either personal tax or corporate tax. The course content is focused on issues related to Tax Research, Procedures and Ethics, International Taxation, Estate & Gift Taxation, Personal Tax Planning, Advanced Flow-Through Tax Entities, and Criminal Tax Investigation. Students will learn valuable tax planning and tax return preparation skills that will equip them with the knowledge to excel within a variety of industries.

Choose the MS in Accounting
Built for Industry Leaders

Today’s employers are looking for accounting professionals who can adapt to a fast paced environment, and who have the perfect balance of accounting, communication, analytical, and strategic management skills.

To meet this demand, Merrimack worked with industry leaders from renowned accounting firms and corporations, to create an online MSA program designed to address the most critical employer skill gaps.


At Merrimack College, we're proud of our long history of providing quality degrees to students entering the job market. Our faculty are more than just teachers. We are committed to helping you grow — academically, personally and spiritually — so that you may graduate as a confident, well-prepared citizen of the world.

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