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Online Master of Science in Professional Accounting

The Professional Accountant’s Choice for Career Advancement


In today’s complex accounting environment, advanced technical knowledge in a chosen specialty can facilitate your ongoing career advancement and your earning potential as a professional accountant. The online M.S. in Professional Accounting (M.S.P.A.) from Seton Hall, designed specifically for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting, provides the specialized accounting knowledge you need to meet your long-term goals.

  • 30 credits
  • Complete in 12 to 24 months
  • Tailor your curriculum

Seton Hall’s practical M.S.P.A. curriculum emphasizes communication, analytical thinking and ethics-centered leadership. You will learn advanced accounting practices using real-world case studies, enterprise applications, discussions with industry professionals and peers, and a capstone project. The program additionally gives you the opportunity to create a focus in your area of interest to tailor your learning to your career goals.

When you earn your online M.S.P.A. from Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, you will prepare for CPA licensure as you continue to advance your accounting skills. Additionally, you will benefit from studying in a highly respected program that is among the 1 percent worldwide to earn both business and accounting accreditation from the AACSB.

Build practical knowledge using case studies, enterprise applications and discussions with industry professionals and peers.

Program Learning Outcomes

In this M.S.P.A. program, you will:

  • Develop strong research skills.
  • Build a foundation in the uniform commercial code.
  • Gain exposure to the basic areas of taxation for business entities.
  • Study an array of advanced accounting topics, including international accounting, accounting information systems, financial statement analysis and other subjects.
  • Develop the written communication, presentation, technology, analytical and problem-solving skills you need to begin and sustain an accounting career.
  • Learn to recognize and effectively respond to ethical issues you might confront in your accounting practice.

By the Numbers

  • Top 1% of Business Schools that have Business and Accounting Accreditation from AACSB
  • 12-14 Complete Your Degree in 12-24 Months.
  • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money - CNN
  • 18 of your 30 Credits are Electives

Why choose Seton Hall’s M.S.P.A. program?

  • More than a CPA: Focus on your future in accounting to realize career success, in addition to fulfilling the educational requirements for the CPA exam in New York and New Jersey. Students can check the educational requirements for other states at www.nasba.org.
  • Flexibility: Select 18 of your 30 credits as electives and create a focus in a specific area of interest such as financial reporting, auditing, taxation or ERP systems.
  • Distinguished faculty: Learn from dedicated instructors who are active in the industry and have strong relationships with both international and regional accounting firms.
  • Connections: Through networking opportunities, you will be afforded the ability to connect with alumni employed at prestigious firms such as Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC and Prudential.
  • Career opportunities: Enjoy access to a dedicated career expert who will work with you to identify potential opportunities and help you navigate the job search process. Students in this program are actively recruited by the Big Four, other prominent accounting firms, and major corporations.
  • One of America’s Top Colleges – Forbes
  • #118 National University – U.S. News & World Report
  • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money – CNNMoney

The Expertise to Advance Your Accounting Career

The accounting field is expected to see steady growth, with professionals offering strong technical knowledge poised to take advantage of the increase in career opportunities. Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, adding about 632,400 new jobs.

There were a reported 1,332,700 accountants and auditors in 2014.1 By 2024, there will be 1,475,100, an increase of 11%, which outpaces the overall growth average across all projected jobs categories in the US.1

This program gives you the skillset needed for positions that pay median salaries ranging from $78,000 to $148,000,2 including job titles such as:

  • Financial Controller
  • Tax Manager
  • Senior Tax Manager
  • Tax Director

An online M.S.P.A. from Seton Hall University provides more than a practical CPA education. You will combine the flexibility of online learning and benefits of one-on-one attention with the specialized knowledge you need for continued advancement in your accounting career. Contact an Admissions Advisor at (844) 823-1198 to learn more or Request More Information.

1 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm.

2 Median salary figures accessed on 4/13/17 by position title at https://www.payscale.com.