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Master of Science in Accountancy


Master of Science in Accountancy


Providing the Competitive Edge for Success in a Challenging Field

Accountants today face a business world of constant change and growing complexity. Amidst realities such as globalization, rapidly evolving technologies and continually amended tax regulations, accounting professionals must be prepared to help develop key business strategies, enabling companies and clients to analyze their processes, business issues and risks.

How prepared are you to meet these challenges? The Bridgewater State University Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program provides the managerial perspectives and technical accounting skills you need to successfully navigate the complexities of today’s financial reporting and disclosure practices.

Program Highlights

The MSA program is designed to prepare working professionals for management-level careers in the field of accounting. Delivered in a flexible, adaptable format, this highly focused curriculum provides graduates with the technical accounting and practical problem-solving skills necessary for advancement in an increasingly competitive field. Students of the program can expect to develop a deep understanding of the functions and techniques of accounting, while gaining a solid foundation in social, ethical and technological disciplines.

The MSA program offers you:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive experience and research in accounting, economics, law and finance
  • Development of decision-making, communications and analytical skills
  • Professional leadership skills and development
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Full- and part-time program options
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

The Curriculum

This 30-credit program is designed to help strengthen and enhance the accounting and management skills of individuals seeking job advancement, as well as provide training for professionals who wish to pursue a new career direction in accounting. In addition to imparting the requisite technical accounting skills, the curriculum stresses written and oral presentation skills, ethics, and analytical and problem solving capabilities, reflecting the changing roles of accountants and CPAs within various organizations. Furthermore, the program can prepare students to sit for the CPA exam.

Core courses include:

  • Accounting Analysis for Decision Making
  • Federal Taxation
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Accounting Seminar

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, with more than 279,000 new jobs projected for the decade. Accountants and auditors who have earned professional recognition through certification or other designation, especially a CPA, should have the best job prospects. Applicants with a master's degree in accountancy or a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting also may have an advantage.

Today’s accounting professionals are called upon to deliver a wide range of capabilities to the organizations they serve – from developing information systems to formulating business strategies to calculating the costs and benefits of adopting new technologies, and much more.


You’ve thought about it. You believe you can do it. And you’ve explored your options. Now you’re ready to advance your career – through the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Take the first step. Apply now. And get ready to transform your life!

Bridgewater State University College of Graduate Studies

Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

Bridgewater State University remains steadfast in its dual mission to educate citizens to be the best they can be and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to advance the economic and cultural life of the region and beyond.


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To learn more about the
Master of Science in Accountancy Programs, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300


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