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Explore our Online MS in Accounting

Whether you are preparing for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam,1 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 University’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 online MS in Accounting.

An ACBSP-Accredited Program

ACBSP Accredited in Accounting logo ACBSP - Accredited in Accounting logoWalden University’s MS in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and has earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation. Key benefits of ACBSP accreditation are:

  • Validation that your program meets nationally recognized standards of quality endorsed by businesses, government, and other organizations.
  • Assurance that your program can provide you with the skills you need to compete in today’s global marketplace.
  • Recognition by employers, graduate schools, and regulatory organizations.

Program Savings

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Accounting for the Professional

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.

Accounting with CPA Emphasis

This specialization is designed to help prepare students for the CPA exam as well as the CPA profession.


The Self-Designed specialization allows you to investigate industries and technical accounting areas that might not otherwise be readily accessible.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcome

Graduates of the online MS in Accounting program will be prepared to:

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

Career Impact

Walden’s MS 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


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