Accountancy, MSA

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Bridgewater State University’s Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program prepares working professionals for management-level careers in accounting. Students develop a blend of skills – both strategic and tactical – and learn to view the accounting function within the larger scope of the business or organization. You’ll learn to analyze data so you can solve problems and make informed business decisions. In a competitive marketplace, these skills enable you to advance in your career and pursue new professional opportunities.

The MSA program is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals: you may enroll either full- or part-time. All students follow the same track – a highly focused and relevant curriculum comprising foundational courses, functional courses, and electives that enable you to either study a particular topic in depth, or to gain a breadth of knowledge across the accounting field.

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

Admissions Requirements

  • 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.

Advanced Standing

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 (pbancroft@bridgew.edu) 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
 
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.

Curriculum

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 506 - Business Law II 
ACFI 546 - Internal Audit and Control* 
ACFI 567 - Corporate Taxation 
ACFI 580 - Special Topics in Accounting 

*ACFI 546 may be selected as an elective provided it was not selected to fulfill a core requirement

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

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Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to a Graduate Certificate program below must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution of acceptable standing.

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be admitted to this program:

  • The application committee recommends students have earned a 2.8 undergraduate GPA.  Consideration will be given to applicants who hold an advanced degree (e.g. master’s, doctorate, JD, etc.) or have passed a professional certification exam such as CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE, and CFA.
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic institution faculty member or a professional
  • Resumé
  • A short essay on the value of the Graduate Certificate for the applicant
  • Official sealed transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work from all institutions

Accounting, Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in accounting is designed primarily for students who have a minimal prior academic background in accounting, yet hold a bachelor’s degree, and who need formal preparation for their career goals. Through the core required courses and elective courses, students are afforded the flexibility to choose a program which best fits their own professional and personal needs.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses may be waived based on approval of the program coordinator. Additionally, transfer credit may be accepted upon review from selected baccalaureate programs.

  • ACFI 200 - Financial Accounting
  • ACFI 340 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACFI 341 - Intermediate Accounting II

Functional Courses (12 credits)

Complete four courses, selected from the following:

  • ACFI 506 - Legal and Regulatory Environment
  • ACFI 530 - Cost Accounting
  • ACFI 545 - Auditing
  • ACFI 546 - Internal Audit and Control
  • ACFI 560 - Advanced Accounting
  • ACFI 566 - Federal Income Taxation I
  • ACFI 567 - Corporate Taxation
  • ACFI 570 - Financial Information Systems Control
  • ACFI 580 - Special Topics in Accounting
  • ACFI 592 - Advanced Financial Reporting
  • ACFI 593 - Financial Statement Analysis

Total minimum credits: 12

Finance, Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in finance is designed primarily for students who have a minimal prior academic background in finance, yet hold a bachelor’s degree, and who need formal preparation for their career goals. Through the core required courses and elective courses, students are afforded the flexibility to choose a program which best fits their own professional and personal needs.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses may be waived based on approval of the program coordinator. Additionally, transfer credit may be accepted upon review from selected baccalaureate programs.

  • ACFI 200 - Financial Accounting
  • ACFI 385 - Managerial Finance

Electives (12 credits)

Complete four courses, selected from the following:

  • ACFI 455 - International Finance
  • ACFI 465 - Options and Futures Markets
  • ACFI 476 - Insurance and Risk Management
  • ACFI 485 - Capital Budgeting
  • ACFI 486 - Real Estate Investment and Finance
  • ACFI 490 - Investments
  • ACFI 491 - Mutual Funds Management
  • ACFI 506 - Legal and Regulatory Environment
  • ACFI 566 - Federal Income Taxation I
  • ACFI 570 - Financial Information Systems Control
  • ACFI 581 - Special Topics in Finance
  • ACFI 592 - Advanced Financial Reporting

Total minimum credits: 12

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

Funding Opportunities

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 finaid@bridgew.edu.

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