M.S. in Accounting

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Pam Pillo
Tel: 203-365-4716

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Martire Business & Communications Center
5401 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

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Barbara Tarasovich
Assistant Professor
Tel: 203-416-3513

Make your degree count with an M.S. in Accounting

Today’s ever-more global economy, changing regulations, and greater call for tighter integration across key business functions are fueling unprecedented demand for skilled accountants with advanced degrees. Seeking far more than just financial acumen, today’s top employers want critical thinkers who can both navigate complex financial transactions and help make strategic business decisions.

Designed with these needs in mind, Sacred Heart University’s Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program helps develop technically proficient accountants who can provide important insights and sound advice to business leaders. With concentrations in forensic accounting or international accounting, MSA students build on their current skills while further developing the critical thinking, analytical and communication skills required to compete in a global business environment. Furthermore, successful graduates of this program will be prepared to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. 

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How the MSA Program is Delivered 

The MSA program offers tremendous flexibility through its unique hybrid format, which blends online discussions led by faculty and expert consultants with on-the-ground seminars held one Saturday each month at SHU’s Fairfield, Connecticut, campus.

The MSA program is specifically designed to accommodate full-time working professionals — who can complete the degree in as little as one year — as well as students who desire a five-year program that fulfills the credit hours needed to become a licensed CPA. 

MSA Requirements

One-year program
Individuals who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting complete the 30-credit MSA program in one year. Students with other undergraduate degrees will need to take prerequisite courses before applying and must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher to be admitted. 

Five-year program
The MSA program is also offered as a five-year degree, which combines a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree into one accelerated, 150-credit program. Students are required to achieve an overall “B” average in all accounting courses and maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.

Get ahead with the MSA Program

The marketplace is clamoring for highly qualified accountants — and candidates with a CPA, as well as those with a master's degree, have an edge in this dynamic job market.* With SHU’s comprehensive MSA, you can achieve both. The MSA is:

  • Practical
    On-campus, once-per-month seminars combine expert faculty instruction with a series of lectures from consultants at the forefront of the accounting field.
  • In demand
    Employment of accountants is expected to grow by 16% in this decade alone, representing nearly 200,000 additional jobs (and faster growth than many other professions).* 
  • Flexible
    The MSA’s unique hybrid format not only supports the schedules of full-time working professionals — it also meets the hiring requirements of prestigious accounting firms that actively recruit undergraduates for future positions.
  • Personalized
    A choice of two specialties: forensic accounting and international accounting, enable in-depth study matching your interests and career objectives.
  • Accredited
    The program is offered through SHU’s Jack Welch College of Business — one of only a select few elite business schools worldwide that are accredited by AACSB International.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.

AACSB Accreditation

Among an elite membership of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide, the Welch College of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the premier global accrediting body for business and accounting programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level.

Sacred Heart University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked as a top master's level university by U.S.News and World Report.

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Latest News

Goldman Sachs COO Cohn Speaks at New Finance Center Opening

May 6, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – On the heels of a visit from former General Electric Company Chairman & CEO Jack Welch and his wife, Suzy, Gary Cohn, the president and COO of investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs, stopped by for a “fireside chat” at Sacred Heart University, late Tuesday afternoon, April 28. Cohn’s visit coincided with the celebration of the opening of the new Finance Center, located in the University’s new Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center. More than 100 business students, faculty and SHU administrators gathered for the presentation.

SHU Celebrates Opening of Martire Business & Communications Center

March 20, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Approximately 100 local dignitaries, trustees, special guests and friends, along with about 300 students, faculty and staff from the Sacred Heart University community, gathered on Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center on the corner of Park Avenue and Jefferson Street. The building will house the University’s prestigious John F. Welch College of Business (WCOB) and rapidly growing Department of Communications & Media Studies.

Welch College of Business Among Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools

October 28, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Princeton Review has once again named Sacred Heart University’s John F. Welch College of Business (WCOB) one of the top schools in the nation. The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its book, The Best 296 Business Schools (Random House/Princeton Review, $22.99).