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Discover a Clear Path to CPA Licensure With Our MS in Accounting Online

Do you have your sights set on becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)? Start building your future by earning your MS in Accounting degree online from Walden. Beyond developing advanced accounting skills, you’ll prepare to sit for the CPA and other certification exams that open doors in a stable, in-demand profession.

Walden’s MS in Accounting program is one of the few programs of its kind that has received accounting accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). In addition, it’s part of our School of Management, which earned a Silver Achievement Award for performance excellence from ACBSP.

An online master’s in accounting program prepares students with the analytic and financial decision-making skills needed to address today’s accounting challenges.

Save Time on CPA Preparation

In your capstone course, you’ll get ready to sit for the CPA exam. No need to spend time and money on additional courses.

ACBSP Accounting-Accredited

Feel confident in a program recognized for meeting ACBSP’s standards of academic quality.

Prepare for Other Certifications

Coursework in this program prepares you to pursue other professional certifications, including the CFE, CMA, CIA, and Series Exam.

Earn a Graduate Certificate

Receive a Graduate Certificate in Managerial Accounting after successfully completing your first four courses.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 6, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Accounting for the Professional

Explore accounting theories and trends as well as techniques needed to manage regulatory compliance and business risk.

Accounting With CPA Emphasis

Blend accounting theory with its practical application to prepare for the CPA exam as well as the accounting field.


Design a specialization based on your goals and interests, such as tax analysis, systems thinking, or nonprofit accounting.

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.

Advance Your Career in Public Accounting

Whether you already hold an accounting degree or want to switch careers, our online master’s in accounting program can help you gain the capabilities and confidence to launch your future. This program’s capstone is a CPA preparatory and exam course, which will give you a jump-start toward earning the gold standard of industry credentials. Coursework in this program also explores specialized areas of accounting, including auditing, taxes, managerial accounting, and government/nonprofit accounting.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Bob Castaneda

    Bob Castaneda

    Program Director

    Dr. Castaneda has worked in a number of countries in senior finance positions. He is currently a board member and treasurer for the Illinois Literacy Foundation and is also a member of Financial Executives International, AICPA, and the Illinois CPA Society.

  • Salvador Gonzalez

    Salvador Gonzalez

    Contributing Faculty

    Dr. Gonzalez has 30 years of experience in executive accounting and management position. He is an expert on individual federal taxation and has represented individuals and small business owners before the IRS and various state revenue agencies.

Learning Outcome

As a graduate of the MS in Accounting program, you 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 Outlook

Factors such as globalization, economic growth, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to support continued strong demand for accountants and auditors.1 Whether you plan on earning your CPA credential or another related certification, an online master’s in accounting can help you begin or advance your career in this stable, well-respected profession.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $71,550 in May 2019. However, the salary range typically falls between $44,480 and $124,450.1 Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession.

The median annual wage for accountants and auditors was


in May 2019, according to the BLS.1

An MS in Accounting degree can prepare you to pursue career options such as: 2

  • Accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Auditor

An MS in Accounting degree can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Auditing firm
  • Corporate finance department
  • Financial consulting
  • Finance operations

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.


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