Accountancy (Master of Science in Accountancy - MSA)
Bridgewater State University’s MSA program provides the managerial perspectives and technical accounting skills professionals need to successfully navigate the complexities of today’s financial reporting and disclosure practices. The program is prepares working professionals for management-level careers in the field of accounting. Designed to accommodate the schedules of professionals in the field, the program allows you to choose either a full or part-time option. Delivered in a flexible, adaptable format, you can maintain your professional and family obligations while earning a degree that provides graduates from the technical accounting and practical problem-solving skills necessary for advancement in an increasingly competitive field.
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.
Bridgewater also has the only southeastern Massachusetts MSA program that meets the Option One (Level 1) educational requirement to sit for the CPA exam.
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
Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Patricia Bancroft
- Online application - A completed online application and $50 application fee
- Resume - A résumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate business studies
- Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
- Bachelor's Degree - A bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university; if the degree has not yet been awarded at the time of application, the successful applicant must be nearing completion of the bachelor’s degree
- Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation, at least one each from academic and professional references
- GMAT Scores - Official copy of scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
- Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement regarding the reasons you want to pursue graduate work in this field, your specific interest and experiences in this field, and your career goals.
Foundation Courses (24 Credits)
These courses cover the basic content of accounting, economics, business law, management, marketing and statistics
ACFI 200 - Financial Accounting
ACFI 305 - Business Law I
ACFI 340 - Intermediate Accounting I
ACFI 341 - Intermediate Accounting II
ACFI 501 - Foundations of Corporate Finance
ECON 500 - Foundations of Economics
ECON 501 - Foundations of Business Statistics
MGMT 509 - Foundations of Management
Function Courses (24 Credits)
These courses provide an advanced perspective on the various areas of accounting
ACFI 530 - Cost Accounting
ACFI 545 - Auditing OR ACFI 546 - Internal Audit and Control
ACFI 560 - Advanced Accounting
ACFI 566 - Federal Income Taxation I
ACFI 570 - Financial Information Systems Control
ACFI 592 - Advanced Financial Reporting
ACFI 593 - Financial Statement Analysis
ACFI 595 - Accounting Seminar (Capstone)
Elective Courses (6 Credits)
These courses allow a student to either study a particular topic in depth, or to gain breadth across the accounting field.
*ACFI 546 may be selected as an elective provided it was not selected to fulfill a core requirement
The MSA requires students to complete courses in three different categories (Foundation, Function and Elective). Students may be admitted with “Advanced Standing” if your prior coursework covers some or all of the Foundation courses. Eligibility will be determined upon application. Please contact Dr. Patricia Bancroft (firstname.lastname@example.org) for advice on your individual situation.
Depending on the student’s Advanced Standing status, the requirements for the degree range from 30 to 54 credit hours.
The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews. For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.
The MSA program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at email@example.com.
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