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Master the essentials—from professional ethics to sustainable business practices—required to distinguish yourself from your CPA peers.

At Clark University, we’ve created an exceptional launch pad for advancing your career in accounting. Our M.S. in Accounting graduates consistently post first-time pass rates on the CPA exam that are among the highest in Massachusetts. You’ll also gain an edge in the professional marketplace by mastering the skills and critical thinking necessary to developing innovative solutions to complex financial challenges in the evolving global economy.

Why a Master’s in Accounting at Clark University

  • Earn your graduate degree in accounting from a globally ranked and accredited university—Clark University has been named a Princeton Review “Best Business School,” achieved repeated recognition from U.S. News & World Report, and is among the elite 5% of business schools to receive AACSB accreditation.
  • Qualify to sit for the CPA exam with a high likelihood for success—Clark University accounting graduates achieved a 70% pass rate in 2016 (third highest among Massachusetts universities).
  • Develop the cross-sector skill set you need to help organizations tap into emerging markets.
  • Join a close-knit learning community representing 90+ countries and 150 nonprofit and business partners around the world.
  • Work in a highly collaborative learning environment with talented peers and scholar-practitioner faculty who share with you their deep leadership experience.
  • Pursue your accounting degree on your terms with options for part-time, full-time, online, on campus, and accelerated study.

Bringing American accounting principles home to China

Helen Wang, pursuing her M.S. in accounting in the School of Management, came to Clark University because of its prestigious reputation in Beijing. She has learned how to apply accounting best practices learned in the U.S. to help companies in China.

Most international companies know Clark, and they want to have people who know the American accounting standard well to help the company. Clark offered me lots of opportunities, and that’s very unique.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Clark’s M.S. in Accounting program is strategically designed to prepare you for success. Your coursework begins with core accounting courses to learn foundational financial skills. From this foundation, you can choose more advanced courses to enhance your capabilities. Classes emphasize putting skills into practice through in-depth case studies and group projects based on real accounting scenarios.

You have the flexibility to complete your degree at your own pace — either as a full-time or part-time student, beginning in the Fall. You can earn your degree within one year if you meet certain requirements.

  • Tax strategies
  • Legal aspects of accounting
  • Cost-volume-profit analysis
  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial and Operational Auditing
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Federal Taxation


12 course units

  • 2 foundation courses*
  • 8 core courses
  • 2 electives

*Foundation courses are waived for students with previous accounting coursework.

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