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Online Master of Science in Accounting

Gain the Skills and Connections to Ensure a Successful Career in Accounting


  • 30 credits
  • 18-20 months degree completion
  • CPA exam prep

When you earn your M.S. in Accounting (M.S.A.C.) online from Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, you will develop the professional skills and connections you need to excel in accounting. This M.S. in Accounting program is designed for students who are graduates of non-accounting business programs, and is also appropriate for students with other baccalaureate degrees who complete select business prerequisite courses.

The M.S.A.C. provides students with the knowledge and skills in business and accounting to prepare for career success. You will develop the technical proficiency to be effective in accounting roles and the understanding of the functional areas of business required to communicate successfully in the corporate environment.

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When you study at Seton Hall, you learn in a program that is among the top 1% worldwide to earn both business and accounting accreditation from the AACSB. This highly respected program will build the foundation for your accounting career and develop the professional relationships you need for success.

The degree, designed specifically for students with a limited background in accounting, will propel your knowledge and skill development in both business and accounting, while also preparing you for the CPA exam.

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

Why Choose Seton Hall’s M.S.A.C. Program?

  • CPA Preparation: This program fulfills the educational requirements that undergraduate business graduates need to sit for the CPA exam in New York and New Jersey. Students can check the educational requirements for other states at
  • Personal attention: Receive one-to-one guidance that helps you go beyond CPA credentialing to focus on your future in accounting and realize career success.
  • Flexibility: Tailor your learning to a specific area of interest through your choice of elective offerings in financial accounting, taxation or ERP systems.
  • Distinguished faculty: Learn from faculty who are in demand as consultants and lecturers and who have strong relationships with large public accounting firms, regional accounting firms and major corporations.
  • 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. Featured webinar: Hear from industry experts regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the accounting profession.
  • Career opportunities: Enjoy access to a dedicated career expert who will work with you to identify potential opportunities. Students in this program are actively recruited by the Big Four accounting firms and other prominent public and private accounting firms.

    By the Numbers

    • Top 1% of Business Schools that have Business & Accounting Accreditation from AACSB
    • 18-20 Months to Complete Your Degree
    • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money - CNN
    • 30 Credit Hours to Complete

    Program Learning Outcomes

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

    • Develop technical knowledge of financial statement preparation within the framework of generally accepted accounting principles.
    • Gain an understanding of the internal reporting responsibilities of a manager including capital budgeting, cost systems, performance evaluation and profitability analysis.
    • Build a solid foundation in the auditing profession, the audit process (including the application of business cycles) and other assurance services.
    • Gain exposure to an array of advanced accounting topics, including but not limited to international accounting, accounting information systems, and financial statement analysis.
    • Develop the written communication, presentation, technology, and analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to begin an accounting career.
    • Gain a foundation in the regulatory and legal environment surrounding business practices.
    • Build strong research skills in financial accounting.
    • Build a foundation in uniform commercial code.
    • Gain exposure to basic areas of taxation for business entities and individuals.
    • Learn to recognize and respond to ethical issues you might confront in accounting practice.

      • One of America’s Top Colleges – Forbes
      • #133 National University – U.S. News & World Report
      • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money – CNNMoney

      A Bright Future in Accounting

      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 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. There were a reported 1,436,100 accountants and auditors in 2020. About 125,700 openings for accountants and auditors are projected each year, on average, over the decade.1

      This program gives you the skillset needed for positions that pay median salaries ranging from $84,193 to $150,349, including job titles such as:2

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

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

      To sit for the CPA Exam in New Jersey, applicants must have completed at least 24 credit hours in accounting and taxation and at least 24 credit hours in non-accounting, business courses. These requirements can be satisfied by any combination of undergraduate and graduate credits. Applicants from other states should become familiar with their state’s individual CPA Exam requirements at

      1 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors: (visited on 11/19/20).

      2 Median salary figures accessed on 11/19/20 by position title at