M.S. in Accounting

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Pam Pillo
Tel: 203-365-4716

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Department Location

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

Program Director

Barbara Tarasovich
Associate Accounting 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

Nine Faculty Members Earn Tenure

July 13, 2016

Fairfield, Conn. - Sacred Heart University reaffirmed its commitment to academic excellence when the Board of Trustees awarded tenure to nine faculty members recently. The newly tenured faculty members, who all received promotions from assistant professor to associate professor, are Anita August, Pamela Buck, Grace Guo, Andrew Lazowski, Kerry Milner, Amanda Moras, Julianna Stockton, Barbara Tarasovich and David Taylor.

Master’s in Accounting Program Receives $25K for Endowed Scholarship Fund

May 31, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s master’s in accounting (MSA) program has received $25,000 from the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) to fund scholarships for graduate students. The Branford-based Connecticut chapter, whose mission is “to provide professional growth, through networking, educational programs and resources,” established this fund to assist SHU accounting students who seek to become certified public accountants (CPAs) and certified valuation analysts (CVAs).

MSA Students Pass Certified Accounting Exam

May 4, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Two Sacred Heart University graduate students recently passed all four parts of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam on their first try. Gabby Biagini and Jeffrey Stoddard graduated from SHU last year with bachelor degrees in accounting and expect to receive their master’s degrees in that field in August. Both students studied intensively and used computer software to help prepare for the rigorous exams. They took the first portion of the test last summer.