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Comparing Online Accounting Programs: What’s Right for You?

Seton Hall University offers two online Master of Science programs to prepare you to become a certified public accountant: the Master of Science in Professional Accounting and the Master of Science in Accounting.

Both emphasize practical, hands-on learning, incorporate case studies, and leverage simulated audits to fulfill the educational requirements needed for the CPA exam.* While both accounting degree programs are similar, they are uniquely structured for two different types of incoming students.

The Difference Between the Two Degrees

Master of Science in Professional Accounting
The Master of Science in Professional Accounting builds on the real-world knowledge of working accounting professionals who have an undergraduate accounting degree and want to become a CPA. In this program, you’ll attend classes with peers who’ve either studied or worked in various accounting roles. As a result, you’re able to share experiences and learn from classmates, while building your professional network.

Master of Science in Accounting
The Master of Science in Accounting is designed for graduates of non-accounting programs, who wish to learn more about the accounting discipline. This ethics-centered degree provides the skills and knowledge needed for success as a CPA. Students in the program come from rich and varied backgrounds and together immerse themselves in the field of accounting with the shared goal of becoming a CPA.

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Degree Type

Master of Science in Professional Accounting

Master of Science in Accounting


Individuals who have an undergraduate degree in accounting and are looking to advance their career by becoming a CPA

Individuals who have either a business or non-business undergraduate degree who want to transition to accounting or change their career by becoming a CPA.


An undergraduate degree in accounting.

Students without a business background will be required to complete prequalification courses that do not bear credit and can be completed online. Students can be waived from these courses based on prior coursework if conditions are met.

Degree Highlights


Time completion


Flexible Format

Prestigious Credentials:
Among the 1 percent of business schools worldwide with both Accounting and Business AACSB accreditation.


Waiver Available

More Information

What differentiates this program from others?The M.S.A.C. program provides an opportunity for students with little accounting coursework to qualify for the CPA and start a new career in a relatively short period of time.*
  • An emphasis on practical, hands-on activities, case studies and using SAP enterprise software to perform a simulated audit
  • Access to career center professionals who are dedicated to supporting students
  • A focus on preparing students for a successful career
RequirementsA minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GRE- Quant 152; Verbal 152 or equivalent of 500 on the GMAT

GMAT/GRE Waiver options: Alternative Admissions Criteria

Students may be eligible to bypass the GMAT/GRE requirement if they have:

  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher or
  • A graduate degree in any discipline, from an accredited academic institution or
  • Completion of a Stillman School of Business graduate certificate within the last 5 years with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher or
  • Successful completion of a professional certifying exam from the United States (e.g., CPA, CFA, etc.) or 5 years of significant professional, quantitative or entrepreneurial work experience, also referred to as the Alternative Route Admission Program
Is this program accredited?Yes. Both Seton Hall University online accounting programs are among the top 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have achieved both business and accounting accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Program duration18 months
CPA prepTo 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
Learning outcomes
  • Develop strong financial accounting research skills
  • Build a foundation in the uniform commercial code
  • Develop the written communication, presentation, analytical and problem-solving skills needed for a successful accounting career
  • Gain exposure to basic areas of taxation for business entitles and individuals
  • Study an array of advanced accounting topics, including international accounting, accounting information systems, financial statement analysis and other subjects
  • Learn to recognize and effectively respond to ethical issues you might confront in your accounting practice
How can I take classes?100% online. You’ll have specific assignment deadlines and test dates, but you can complete online coursework on your own schedule.
Cost per creditThe tuition for the 30-credit program costs $1,279 per credit hour for a total tuition cost of $38,370.

A bright future awaits

Whether or not you have accounting experience, Seton Hall has an online master’s program that will provide more than a practical CPA education. The flexibility of online learning and the benefits of one-on-one attention will help you reach your career goals. Learn more about your next step toward a CPA career by contacting an Admissions Advisor at (844) 823-1198 or request more information.