The MSA provides an advanced professional plan of study designed to prepare individuals for careers as professional accountants in public accounting, industry, or the not-for-profit and governmental sectors. Completion of this program prepares students for the relevant professional examination required for certification as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, or Certified Internal Auditor.
The Accountancy graduate program builds upon the student's general education and foundation knowledge of business and accounting to provide a deeper understanding and greater knowledge of business and accounting. Each student's program will be individually tailored to their interests via an integrated sequence of courses. The entire program is designed to place emphasis on critical thinking, research, and problem-solving. Therefore, the research requirement is not meant to be viewed as the isolated requirement of a single course but the culmination of the student's program of study.
Graduates who work in corporate accounting may be employed as managerial accountants, internal auditors, income tax specialists, systems experts, or management consultants. In the not-for-profit sector, accountants play important roles in governmental entities, health care organizations, and charitable agencies. Based on their wide range of business exposure and knowledge, many accountants ultimately move into high-level management positions.