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UConn's online Master of Science Program in Accounting (MSA) is one of the most acclaimed accounting programs in the Northeast and the first online Master's program at UConn. We are proud of our dual-AACSB accreditation and recognition by the United States Distance Learning Association for best practices in online learning.

Our online MSA program is designed to provide you with the skill set critical to a successful professional career in public and private accounting. The educational experience we offer allows qualified students to meet the 150-hour educational requirement to become a CPA in most states. The MSA is fast becoming the program of choice for experienced professionals, many of whom are licensed CPAs and are looking to become more current and to obtain new skill sets. In fact, the fastest growing segment of our incoming class for the past several years is this group of experienced professionals.

Why Choose UConn’s Graduate Programs in Accounting?

Take your place in our online accounting program.

We have created a dynamic online community™ that supports and nurtures information literacy and student-centered learning. This online community™ allows you, the student, to readily access other students and faculty members. Our faculty is among the most knowledgeable and experienced in basic and applied research interests in tax, auditing, information systems, forensic accounting, financial, and managerial accounting. We have developed a curriculum that provides for both the depth typically covered in accounting courses (e.g., tax code, GAAP, GAAS) and the breadth associated with many MBA courses.

Design your own online accounting program.

We view the opportunity to design an online program as analogous to an architect’s ability to design a whole city from scratch. In this online communityTM, full-time faculty members, with the help of respected experts in course design, information literacy and online instruction, develop accounting courses that use technology to facilitate learning, and rely on the support of all members of the community (faculty and students) to create and disseminate knowledge. With only two required courses, you select eight electives to complete the degree that is tailored to your needs and interests.

Plan of Study Options

The MSA is designed to start one time per year, usually the third week in May, with a 4 day in-residence class (Acct 5505) held at the Storrs campus. Although we prefer that students begin in May, we do allow admission in the Fall and Spring semesters, with the understanding that ACCT 5505 will be taken the following May.

MSA courses are only offered in an online format except for the four-day week-in-residence course (Acct 5505), which is a mandatory course for all MSA students. This course will provide a sense of community and shared expectations and will help students become familiar with the technology used in the program. Those students who are not from the local area will be expected to stay in the area for the week with friends, relatives, or at a local hotel. Applicants with an academic conflict (e.g., finals or commencement) need to contact the Program Manager or email at [email protected].

The three most popular plans of study of courses are listed below. Other schedule combinations, including taking one course a semester, are possible and easily arranged. Please contact the Program Manager for advice or email at [email protected].

30 semester credits are required for completion of this degree.

Full-time Options

  • 10 Courses Over Three Semesters*
  • Students take the in-residence course in May, which is is followed by a 12-week semester in the summer that typically ends in the second full week of August. The 12-week fall term begins late August and the spring semester starts in mid-January.
  • 10 Courses Over Two Semesters
  • Students take four-five courses in the first term and four-five courses in the following term finishing the degree in eight months.

*Advantage – provides students with full-time status taking three courses a semester to continue to defer student loans, ability to remain on family health care plan and providing time to prepare and sit for the CPA exam concurrently as well as access to full range of course offerings.

Part-time Option

10 Courses Over Multiple Semesters.

Because of the intensive nature of this program, students working full-time are discouraged from taking more than two courses a semester.




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