Master of Accountancy Degree

  • Overview

    This online graduate degree prepares those who are seeking a career in the accounting field with options for students at any stage in their professional development.

    The Master of Accountancy program is a 36-credit graduate program intended to prepare people with an undergraduate degree in business, or those who have successfully completed the equivalent undergraduate foundation in business, for a career in the public accounting profession. Students are not required to have an undergraduate degree in business. Those without this degree would only have to take up to five prerequisite courses to prepare for graduate accounting studies. This program prepares future certified public accountants (CPAs) to exercise their developed technical competence and interpersonal skills with integrity. It is, however, not exclusive for aspiring public accountants.

    At a Glance

    • Problem-based learning allows students to apply concepts and principles in solving actual accounting problems

    • Flexible online program allows you to work at your own schedule.

    • No matter when you decide to begin your path to career advancement, you’ll never have to wait. Applications are reviewed on a regular basis and accepted students can start during any of the five 10-week terms scheduled each year. Check out our course calendar to learn more.

    • Learn with your classmates in expertly facilitated dialogues that emphasize engagement, credibility and quality over quantity through small class sizes and constructive guidance from your instructors. With our flexible online format, you'll have the freedom to study where you want, when you want.

    • As distance educators with more than 35 years of experience, Saint Joseph’s College’s degree programs are expertly developed to meet the needs of adult professionals.

    With a bachelor's degree in Accounting, applicants will be able to have up to 6 credits waived if they have earned at least a B in both Intermediate Accounting I & II in their undergraduate program. Undergraduate students and graduates from any institution who meet eligibility requirements for the waivers of 6 credits, have the opportunity to Fast-Track into the Master of Accountancy program.

  • Curriculum

    This integrated interdisciplinary Master of Accountancy curriculum includes course work in Ethics, Leadership and Accounting toward preparing its graduates for the next level in their career. The Master of Accountancy program also satisfies the widely adopted 150-hour educational requirement for certification and licensure as a CPA. The program is a fully integrative curriculum which develops the student's knowledge through strategic perspective, critical thinking skills, and interpersonal skills. The teaching strategy is dialogue intensive, with problem based learning and written assignments to develop credibility in communication and clarity of thought in reporting. 

    Course Terms

    Courses are 10-week long and are offered in five terms per year: January, March, May, July, and October.

     

  • Some of our faculty

    • Douglas W. Abbott, CPA

      MBA, University of New Hampshire
      BS, University of New Hampshire

    • Nancy Kristiansen

      Director, Business Administration & Accounting Programs

      MS, Suffolk University

      AS, Mount Wachusett Community College

    • Samuel Hinton

      MBA, Appalachian State University

      BS, High Point University

    Douglas W. Abbott, CPA

    MBA, University of New Hampshire
    BS, University of New Hampshire

    Nancy Kristiansen

    Director, Business Administration & Accounting Programs

    MS, Suffolk University

    AS, Mount Wachusett Community College

    Samuel Hinton

    MBA, Appalachian State University

    BS, High Point University

  • Student Stories

    • Brad Harrison, Senior Financial Analyst, San Jose, CA

      The flexibility of the MAcc program allows me to work full time and complete the coursework on my own schedule. It was clear that this program was intended for people who work full time.

    • Kelsey Hall, Staff Accountant, Yuma, AZ

      My academic adviser was fabulous! She was always so quick to reply that I felt like I was the only person she was taking care of and I knew she really cared about my success in the program.

    • Paul Morris, Outdoor School Instructor, REI, Raleigh, NC

      This has been a GREAT experience and I am very proud to soon be able to call Saint Joseph’s my alma mater. The staff and faculty have been nothing but amazing. 

  • Career Moves

    Accountants and auditors are expected to experience much faster than average employment growth from 2008-18. Job opportunities should be favorable; accountants and auditors who have a professional certification, especially CPAs, should have the best prospects.

    Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation will have a very large number of new jobs arise, about 279,400 over the projections decade.