Master of Science in Accounting

Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)


Tomorrow’s accountants need to know more than accounting principles and practices, they need to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, excellent communicators, data analysts, and adaptable and resourceful professionals. Taught by licensed accounting professionals with years of accounting, government and nonprofit and management accounting experience, our Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program was designed with you, your career aspirations and the evolving accounting profession in mind. 

Program Benefits

  • Flexible, start when you are ready 
  • Taught only by licensed professionals with valuable experience in the field
  • Prepare for entry or advancement in the accounting field
  • Accumulate credits to be eligible to pursue your CPA license
  • Unique focus on government and nonprofit accounting
  • Practical coursework

Learn Real-World Skills

The online Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) curriculum is taught by licensed professionals with experience in many facets of financial, managerial and government and nonprofit accounting allowing you to acquire practical skills that will help you advance or refocus your career. Our program is designed to balance theory with real world practical knowledge, skills and tools to help you take on today’s complex accounting challenges.

Coursework includes:

  • Data Analytics Applications for Accounting 
  • Governmental Accounting and Auditing 
  • Advanced Auditing 
  • Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing 
  • Financial Reporting Theory 
  • Not-for-Profit Taxation

MSA Admissions Details

Apply now to earn your Master of Science in Accounting from EOU. Our flexible, fully online program will give you the experience you need, regardless of your schedule. Here’s what you’ll need to apply:

  • No GRE/GMAT Required
  • A completed online application 
  • A baccalaureate degree in Accounting or post-baccalaureate certificate or degree in accounting higher from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Cover Letter
  • Official transcripts from every college-level institution attended
  • Current Resume & one professional letter of recommendation
  •  $50 application fee

Program Outcomes

Upon successfully completing the program, students should be able to:

  • Perform advanced analysis of financial statements and accounting data.
  • Make competent managerial decisions in complex situations using accounting and financial data.
  • Report results of advanced financial analysis and accounting activity to stakeholders both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate adequate preparation to take accounting positions in governmental, quasi-governmental, and not-for-profit organizations
  • Integrate advanced accounting knowledge within the broader context of governmental, quasi-governmental, and not-for-profit organizations.

“I was really nervous about the idea of going back to school. I wasn’t sure if I could fit it into my regular life, where I’m married and work a full-time job. But I heard about EOU’s online program through a friend, and thought that kind of program could work for me. I started off with one class, and I’ve continued taking one class per quarter and chipping away at that degree. It’s taken me five years, but I’m really proud of myself for not giving up and continuing with my classes. I’m signed up for my final class this fall, which I’ll take during my maternity leave. I can’t wait to check off that final box. I’m so grateful that EOU offered a program like this, where I could learn so much, and also fit my degree into an already busy life. I’ve had great support from my advisors and professors, and the whole experience has been great.”

Jessica Groseth
Business Administration (Accounting)
Bend, Ore.

Join a Field That Needs Experts Like You

  • The profession is suffering from a shortage of talent. Bloomberg Tax calculates that the number of accountants and auditors employed fell by 17% between 2019 and 2021.
  • Employment of Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031.
  • About 136,400 openings for accountants and auditors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. 
  • Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who exit the labor force through retirement especially in government accounting where professionals work to formulate, administer and control budgets, track costs and analyze publicly funded programs  at the federal, state and local levels.

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