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Master of Science in Professional Accounting Career Outlook

Seton Hall’s Master of Science in Professional Accounting (M.S.P.A.) is designed for professionally driven accounting professionals with specific career goals in mind. It gives students broad latitude to tailor their coursework to their advanced career aspirations.

As you progress through the program, you will earn the credits you need to sit for the CPA exam. You will also receive the personal attention, networking opportunities and career services you need to focus on your career success in accounting.

A Promising Job Outlook for Accounting Professionals

The accounting field is expected to see steady growth in the coming years, with professionals who possess strong technical knowledge poised to take advantage of the increase in career opportunities. 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

As laws and regulations in the financial sector continue to evolve, there will be increased demand for accounting professionals who understand the new standards and can shepherd companies through regulatory changes.

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:

  • Auditor
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Controller
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Tax Manager
  • Senior Tax Manager
  • Tax Director

A Practical Education

To ensure that you receive a practical, career-oriented education, the M.S.P.A. program was created and is regularly updated in consultation with an advisory board. The board is made up of current employees and alumni of top firms and organizations that include:

  • PwC
  • Evangelista & Company
  • Magone & Company, P.C.
  • KPMG
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Deloitte
  • New Jersey Society of CPAs
  • EY
  • CohnReznick

In addition to providing a curriculum informed by the expertise of current accounting leaders, the M.S.P.A. program also enables you to meet the “150-hour rule” (150 semester hours of accounting-focused education) now required for CPA licensure in all 50 states. The rule has additionally become an internal requirement to gain employment at many big accounting firms.

During your M.S.P.A. studies, you will have the opportunity to network with program alumni and advisory board members who are employed at prestigious firms such as Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC and Prudential. In addition, students who graduate from this program are actively recruited by the Big Four and other prominent accounting firms and major corporations.

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 personal attention with the specialized knowledge you need for continued advancement in your accounting career. Contact an Online Admissions Counselor 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 at https://www.payscale.com, using the tax manager and financial controller positions as lower and upper limits.