Whether you are preparing for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam,* exploring other accounting-related certifications, or seeking to begin or move ahead in a career in accounting, pursuing your Master’s in Accounting can help you advance in the field.

Walden’s online Master’s in accounting explores advanced accounting principles to help improve your analytic and financial decision-making and prepare you to address today’s accounting challenges. Designed to help you stay current in a rapidly changing profession, the master of science in accounting program covers subjects relevant to the field, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, recent regulatory decisions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other emerging topics and trends.

Embedded Graduate-Level Certificate

Receive a graduate-level certificate after successfully completing the first four courses in the program, giving you a valuable credential while you work toward completing your M.S. in Accounting.

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    “The accounting profession is facing unprecedented change and growth. We believe Walden’s master’s programs in accounting will help meet this demand for informed practitioners through a curriculum that combines theory and research with relevant knowledge and strategies.”

    Dr. Roberto Castaneda, Program Director
    M.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Accounting and Management

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Specializations

*Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden’s accounting programs can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements. The B.S. in Accounting offers 120 quarter (80 semester) credit hours that include upper-level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. The M.S. in Accounting and the M.S. in Accounting and Management offer 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the M.B.A. Accounting for Managers specialization offers nine semester (13.5 quarter) credit hours. These programs include graduate courses in topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and legal and ethical accounting practices. This will require students to complete additional coursework to meet state requirements.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face-to-face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state’s Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure; however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state where he or she wishes to practice.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.

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Accounting for the Professional

Today’s accountants face a number of new and emerging challenges, including the need to keep current with international accounting standards in order to effectively manage forensic and auditing issues. This specialization provides accounting theories, current trends and ideas in the accounting industry, and techniques needed to manage regulatory compliance, business risk, and the future of an organization.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

M.S. in Accounting students must complete five required core courses and an additional five courses to complete the Accounting for the Professional specialization.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Accounting With CPA Emphasis

This specialization is designed to help prepare students for the CPA exam as well as the CPA profession. Blending accounting theory with its practical application, the coursework provides a solid foundation in problem-solving, managing risk, understanding the impact of regulatory compliance, and using accounting practices and tax strategies in a dynamic business environment.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

M.S. in Accounting students must complete five required core courses and an additional five courses to complete the Accounting With CPA Emphasis specialization.

Core Courses

Specialization Courses

Self-Designed

Design a specialization based on your goals and interests. The Self-Designed specialization allows you to investigate industries and technical accounting areas that might not otherwise be readily accessible. Tax analysis, systems thinking, not-for-profit accounting, and government accounting are among the many subjects from which to choose.

Completion Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
    • Core courses (15 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (15 sem. cr.)
      • Accounting courses (9–15 sem. cr.)
      • Management and leadership courses (0–6 sem. cr.)

Estimated time to completion is 20 months. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

M.S. in Accounting students must complete five required core courses and five additional courses to complete the Self-Designed specialization.

Core Courses

Students must choose a total of five courses from the following specializations:

Accounting (select 3–5 courses)

Management/Leadership (select 0–2 courses)

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 30 total semester credit hours $865 per semester credit hour, which includes the cost of all required textbooks
Technology Fee per semester $160

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Walden’s M.S. in Accounting offers a foundation from which to pursue career options in such areas as:

  • Compliance auditing
  • Cost accounting
  • External auditing
  • IT auditing
  • Governmental accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Private accounting
  • Public accounting

When you earn your Master’s in Accounting online at Walden, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.

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Accreditation

Accreditation is an extremely important hallmark of an institution’s high academic standards.ACBSP Accredited in Accounting

Walden’s M.S. in Accounting is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education. Find out more about ACBSP accreditation and the Walden programs that have received this accreditation.

In addition to specialized program accreditations, Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association, one of the six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Find out more about our institutional accreditation.

When you choose an accredited university, you can be assured that the institution and its programs, services, and faculty are of high quality and are continually being evaluated and improved.

Which Accounting Program is Right for You?

Walden University offers a suite of accounting degree programs that allows students to select a program and specialization uniquely suited to their career goals. Students can choose from several accounting-related areas of study, including public accounting, private practice, corporate and small business, government, nonprofit organizations, and more.

When deciding between Walden’s accounting degree and specialization programs, consider which features are right for your career aspirations.

The M.S. in Accounting program may be your best choice if you are looking for the opportunity to:

  • Gain the analytical skills essential to the accounting profession and your organization.
  • Construct alternative solutions to unique accounting scenarios and challenges and communicate recommendations to your management team.
  • Focus on the mission-critical role of the accounting professional as an active partner in supporting the goals and needs of the organization.
  • Concentrate your course of study on a variety of advanced accounting topics.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a specialization in Accounting for Managers may be your best choice if you are looking for the opportunity to:

  • Develop a strong core of business knowledge with an emphasis on accounting principles and skills.
  • Utilize accounting and financial management decision-making tools to help improve your company’s bottom line.
  • Gain an understanding of the cross-functional skills that will enhance your ability to manage people and projects.
  • Broaden your professional opportunities in general management or more specific organizational areas, including internal auditing or financial planning.

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Wendy Achilles, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.S, B.S., East Carolina University (Certified Public Accountant)

Roberto R. Castaneda, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., Northwestern University; B.S., DePaul University (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant)

Marilyn Fisher,Ph.D., Capella University; M.S., American University; B.S., University of Maryland (Certified Management Accountant)

Salvador Gonzalez, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.M., Northwestern University; B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology (Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor)

Ana Machuca, Ph.D., Northcentral University; M.A.F.M., DeVry University; M.B.A., Webster University, B.S., Florida Southern College (Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner)

Nicole A. Martinez, J.D., Harvard University; M.A., The University of Chicago; B.A., Princeton University

Marc McIntosh, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., Harvard University; B.S., DePaul University (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant)

Malcolm McLelland, Ph.D., Michigan State University; B.S., Indiana University (Certified Public Accountant)

Harold Okere, D.B.A., Argosy University; M.B.A., B.S., University of Central Oklahoma (Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager)

Bunney Schmidt, D.B.A., Nova Southeastern University; M.B.A., B.S., Utah State University (Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant)

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Assess the impact of managerial decisions in organizational contexts using research techniques and results.
  2. Communicate effectively about accounting and business practices, demonstrating knowledge of and respect for a variety of audiences.
  3. Effectively employ quantitative and analytical skills essential in the accounting profession.
  4. Construct alternative solutions to unique accounting situations and challenges.
  5. Evaluate accounting and business practices from ethical, legal, and regulatory perspectives, considering diverse stakeholders and competing interests.
  6. Appraise the mission-critical role the accounting professional has as an active partner in supporting the goals and needs of the organization.
  7. Evaluate opportunities accounting professionals have to promote sustainable, socially aware organizations.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the M.S. in Accounting relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

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