Master of Science in Accounting
Accounting: A Language of Business
Learn to develop and analyze accounting information and advise top-level managers as they make important decisions. Examine and evaluate financial statements and 10-k reports. Provide assurances of financial accuracy and control. Develop investment and tax strategies.
A Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree from Clark readies you for a career in public accounting and financial management fields increasingly seeking employees with advanced accounting degrees and CPA certification.
A recent survey conducted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) found that "opportunities in the accounting profession continue to expand as the needs of firms and businesses grow ever more complex and global." In fact, the Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates a 22% growth in accounting and auditing jobs through 2018. Graduates with a master's degree — and CPA certification — have the brightest outlook of all.
Originally required only of independent accountants and auditors, the CPA designation has over the years become the gold standard of the profession and an essential certification for accountants across the business spectrum. Clark's MSA program is Level 1 approved by the Board of Public Accountancy, Division of Professional Licensure, which means graduates automatically satisfy the education requirement to sit for the CPA exam in Massachusetts.
Collaborate with a community of experts
The only school in Central Massachusetts to offer an MSA program, Clark University gives working professionals as well as full-time students the opportunity to complete the program at their own pace, share their perspectives, and learn from one another in small, convenient evening classes. Accredited by AACSB International — a designation shared by fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide — Clark's Graduate School of Management ensures a quality curriculum, exceptional support services, and a top-ranked faculty. And through Clark's partnerships with area businesses, MSA students take advantage of close contacts and networking opportunities with professionals throughout the region.
Learn from a dedicated faculty
All of Clark's MSA courses are taught by experienced faculty, who are specialists in their fields and highly respected by their peers. Clark professors are knowledge creators, dedicated to research and to bringing the most current information to the classroom. Widely published, they are among the most highly qualified accounting academics and professionals in the world.
Make a global impact
As countries throughout the world work to create a single accounting standard, Clark is committed to instilling strong ethical business practices to ensure that accounting rules and regulations are completely understood and strictly adhered to across countries and jurisdicticions. Clark MSA students graduate fully prepared to take on increasingly complex responsibilities in today's global economy.