12 months
36878 USD/year
36878 USD/year
18894 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Accounting program at University of Massachusetts Boston is designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in the rapidly growing and changing accounting field. Upon completing the MSA, students will qualify for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Exam. 


University of Massachusetts Boston's MS in Accounting (MSA) is a 10 course, 30 credit degree program. The 10 courses are composed of Accounting Requirements, Accounting Electives, and a Capstone course. Four (4) prerequisite courses must be satisfied or waived through prior relevant coursework, based on a review of transcripts.

What you'll learn

The MSA program is STEM-designated, allowing international students to apply for up to three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the United States upon graduation. The MSA has been redesigned to emphasize data analytics and quantitative techniques in response to the evolving data analytics practices in businesses and the accounting profession.

The program is designed for students with different academic backgrounds; a bachelor's degree in accounting is not required and can be completed full-time or part-time, with classes that meet primarily in the evenings, late afternoons, and online. Scheduling is highly flexible, with most classes meeting once per week. Graduates with an MSA have been hired by the Big 4 accounting firms (Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PwC), national and regional CPA firms, and major financial institutions. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Federal Tax Planning
  • Financial & Managerial Auditing
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Organizational Analysis and Skills for Managers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


  • Self-paced

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • International applicants must submit evidence that they have completed the equivalent of a regionally accredited, U.S. university-level bachelor’s degree program. 
  • Transcripts; If your transcript is in a language other than English, each page must be accompanied by an English translation, validated by an official public translator.
  • English Language Proficiency
  • Visa Information; International students admitted to any American university need an I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility," issued by the admitting institution, indicating that they have been accepted as full-time degree-seeking students, that they have the required proficiency in the English language, and that there is sufficient financial support for their education.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    36878 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18439 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    36878 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18439 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    18894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9447 USD per semester during 12 months.

Part time: 

In state: $787.25/credit

Out-of-State / International): $1,536.63/credit

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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