GSOM to launch new Master's in Accounting program in fall 2012

The Clark University Graduate School of Management (GSOM) announces the introduction of a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program, beginning in September 2012.

Clark is the only school in Central Massachusetts to offer an MSA program that prepares students to take on increasingly complex responsibilities in the current global economy while satisfying the 150 credit-hour requirement to take the CPA examination in Massachusetts and many other states. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) — a designation shared by fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide—graduates of this program will be ready to take on major responsibilities in the business world.

“The MSA is a natural progression for our graduate programs here at GSOM and Clark,” said Joseph Sarkis, GSOM interim dean.  “We already have world class Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance programs. The new MSA program allows serious professionals and high quality students seeking CPA licensure a focused road to achieve their career objectives.”

Opportunities in the accounting profession are expanding “as the needs of firms and businesses grow ever more complex and global,” according to a recent survey conducted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates 22 percent growth in accounting and auditing jobs through 2018. Despite the current economic conditions, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that number of accountants will grow faster than the national average for job growth. The increased demand for accountants is attributed to growing numbers of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances. Job candidates with professional designations, particularly CPAs, and graduates with masters degrees have the brightest outlook.

Clark’s Graduate School of Management, founded in 1982, is located at the main campus of the University and has a satellite facility in Southborough. The business school, which serves approximately 500 students, has been consistently ranked as a Best Business School by The Princeton Review.

For additional information on the MSA program at Clark University, please visit online at, or call 508-793-7406.