Master of Science in Accounting — 100% Online

Advance into Accounting Leadership

Online education that’s affordable, flexible and outstanding

Earn your Master of Science in Accounting while receiving credits toward those required to prepare for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam requirements. With this online program at Saint Mary’s Univerity of Minnesota, you’ll learn from and network with an expert faculty that teaches innovative courses like forensic accounting, advance audit and tax, and contemporary and emerging issues.

You’ll prepare for career advancement by taking management courses as part of your curriculum. As you learn current, practical strategies, you’ll also master soft skills that can be applied to your work the next day.

No matter what stage of your career you’re in, “what was” isn’t as important as “what’s next.” The esteemed faculty of Saint Mary’s University is forward-thinking in developing curricula that give you the skills to compete in today’s workforce and excel in tomorrow’s.

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A Professionally Developed Curriculum

Developed in collaboration with Certified Public Accountant (CPA) partners and Chief Financial Officers (CFO), the program goes beyond a mastery of core quantitative abilities and focuses on the skills required for advanced managerial roles such as communication, ethical leadership, and strategic management.

Preview just a few of the courses in the online M.S. in Accounting program:

AC 308 Federal Taxation

This course provides an introduction to federal income tax law and regulations. Tax provisions and administrative rules pertaining to individuals, corporations and alternative organizational structures are examined.

ACCT 600 Financial Communication

Gain an understanding of how accounting and other information necessary to assess a firm’s economic status is created, packaged and disseminated to a company’s management team and external users such as investors, customers, analysts and the financial media.

ACCT 650 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Analysis

Examine fraud schemes and address fraudulent financial reporting, misappropriation of assets, and corruption. In this course, you’ll learn how to develop evidence to support a fraud case through litigation assist and expert testimony techniques.

ACCT 660 Strategic Management Accounting

Explore cost accounting as a source of data for measuring and improving the economic condition of the business. Topics include strategic planning and control, cost analysis, overhead allocation and financial statement analysis.

Online Convenience, On Point Outcomes

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to providing excellence in education beyond the borders of the campus. You want to excel in your profession and to maximize your career, all while maintaining family and work responsibilities. In an increasingly digital world, Saint Mary’s online programs are offered in an easy-to-use format that allows for flexible scheduling and provides you with leading-edge knowledge and valuable credentials.

A Prosperous Career in Steady Demand

CPA starting salaries are generally at least 10-15% higher than non-CPA accountants. Salary differentials may be even higher for positions in public accounting firms. Over the course of a career, the average CPA will earn $1 million more that counterparts without CPA designations.1 Employment for accountants and auditors is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030.2

Median Income for Accounting Professions

  • Accountant/Auditor $73,5602
  • Budget Analyst $78,9703
  • Financial Manager $134,1804
  • Financial Analyst $83,6605

Enriched by the Catholic, Lasallian heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. The Saint Mary’s University community, together and by association, is dedicated to quality, diversity, accessibility, social justice, and sound stewardship in all its endeavors.

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  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors. Retrieved from
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Budget Analysts. Retrieved from
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Management Occupations. Retrieved from
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Analysts. Retrieved from

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