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Online Master of Accounting Degree

OVERVIEW

An Accounting Master's Degree That Prepares you to Stand Out from the Competition

Finance laws. Government regulations. Tax structure. A global economy. These are just a few of the financial areas that can determine success or failure for any organization. That's why top-notch accounting professionals are always in demand. Accounting is a field where possessing up-to-date knowledge, specialized skills, and professional credentials can make a big difference.

This Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program is also designed to prepare you for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and meets the 150 semester hours required to sit for the CPA exam in most states. View the requirements for CPA licensure by state. In fact, WGU MAcc graduates perform well on the CPA exam, with a pass rate that significantly exceeds the national average. WGU also offers Wiley CPA Review at no extra charge for our accounting master's graduates.

*This master's degree program will also help prepare you for other professional exams such as the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) exam.

73% of graduates finish within 

24 Months*

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

*WGU Internal Data

Tuition per six-month term is

$4,755

Tuition charged per term—rather than per credit—helps students control the ultimate cost of their business management degree. Finish faster, pay less!

Average salary increase

$18,700*

M.S. Accounting graduates report an impressive average salary increase of $18,700 after completing their WGU degree.

*WGU Internal Data

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COURSES

Masters in Accounting Courses

Program consists of 10 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

This program is composed of the following courses. You will typically complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and master the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.

To ensure our degree programs are consistent with the demands of today’s workplace, we develop our courses and programs with input from councils composed of nationally recognized experts in their respective fields. College of Business Program Council members offer guidance on what knowledge and skills successful WGU graduates should master.

Accounting
Finance
Strategy
Management

10 Courses

Program consists of 10 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to help you show that you know your stuff.

CPA Exam

Meets most state CPA exam requirements

This program will help prepare you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, exam and will allow you to meet the 150 semester hours required to sit for the exam. If you intend to sit for the CPA exam, please review the CPA licensure requirements for your state.

Skills For Your Résumé

As part of this program, you will develop a range of valuable skills that employers are looking for. 

  • Accounting: Developed robust business processes for financial systems.
  • Auditing: Prepared a comprehensive audit report, showcasing meticulous attention to detail and providing valuable insights for decision-making and compliance.
  • Tax Planning: Demonstrated expertise in financial analysis, optimizing tax efficiency by thoroughly examining financial situations and plans, resulting in significant tax savings.
  • Financial Management: Successfully managed operational budgets, financial statements, statistical reports, cost analyses, and annual reports, contributing to sound financial planning and informed decision-making.
  • Online Communication: Designed and executed effective communication strategies utilizing a variety of digital communication tools, leading to enhanced engagement and audience reach.
  • Research: Skillfully tested financial assumptions with data, ensuring accuracy and reliability in financial forecasting.

"I just finished my second degree with WGU and cannot express my gratitude for this university enough. I will be starting my third degree in a few weeks and look forward to the experience. I've always been supported by program mentors, great course instructors, and on the rare occasion I have had an issue and have had to call the school, I have always had excellent service.”

—Jessica Coleman
M.S. Accounting

WGU vs. Traditional Universities
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Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 2 years, minimal acceleration options

As quickly as you can master the material, can finish programs in 1 year

Traditional Universities

 

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

TUITION STRUCTURE

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

Schedule and wait days or even weeks to meet with one of many counselors

SUPPORT

Simply email or call to connect with your designated Program Mentor who supports you from day one

EXAMS

Scheduled time

EXAMS

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

SCHEDULE

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

TIME TO FINISH

Approximately 2 years, minimal acceleration options

TIME TO FINISH

As quickly as you can master the material, can finish programs in 1 year

Why WGU?

Earning Potential

After graduation, WGU accounting master's degree graduates report earning $18,700* more per year. Are you ready to make more money?

*WGU Internal Data

Entirely Online

Competency-based education means you can move as quickly through your degree as you can master the material. You don't have to log in to classes at a certain time—you are truly in the driver's seat of your education.
 

Entirely Online

The MACC degree at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized™

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.

COST & TIME

When We Say Affordable, We Mean It

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

Need help paying for college? Be sure to check with the AICPA and your state CPA society for scholarship opportunities! Both are a great resource for students and can provide a pathway to industry professionals. In addition to scholarship opportunities, many state societies also offer free student memberships and networking events."

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A College Degree Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2022 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for. You can also learn more about the CMA scholarship nomination process here.

*WGU undergraduate students have approximately half the debt at graduation compared to the national average, according to the Institute for College Access and Success (2022).

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

A Different Way to Learn: Degree Programs Designed to Fit Your Life—and All the Demands on Your Time

Professional responsibilities. Family obligations. Personal commitments. At WGU, we understand schedules are tight and often unpredictable for adult students. That’s why we offer a flexible, personalized approach to how education should be. No rigid class schedules. Just a solid, career-focused teaching program that meshes with your current lifestyle. You'll be challenged. You'll work hard. But if you commit yourself and put in the hours needed, WGU makes it possible for you to earn a highly respected degree as a busy working adult.

"Thanks WGU. With online study, I can complete my master degree at my own pace and with lowest tuition cost. Most important, I can stay full time work, cut the commute time to school, spend time with my kids, and still be able to finish my degree in one semester. It is WGU that makes my dream come true!”

—Yuping
M.S. Accounting

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CAREER OUTLOOK

Add on to Your Accounting Experience to Enhance Your Career

Every organization needs financial professionals to guide their regulation, taxes, audits, and budgets. If you want to stand out from the competition, you'll need a résumé that boasts the right educational and professional credentials. That's why WGU's M.S. Accounting degree program is designed to prepare you to sit for the CPA or CMA exam—two of the most important qualifications you can add to your accountant résumé. Add to your existing knowledge and propel yourself forward in an exciting and lucrative field with the help of a master's degree.

WGU’s online master's of accounting will help you complete the necessary steps to become a more seasoned accountant—better qualified to pursue a greater variety of public and private accounting positions. You'll be prepared to move up in a lucrative and exciting field, ready to specialize in whatever area of accounting you're passionate about. A master's degree helps you boost your résumé and add the credentials you need to further your career.

Return on Your Investment

On average, WGU graduates see an increase in income post-graduation

Average income increase from all degrees in annual salary vs. pre-enrollment salary. Source: 2022 Harris Poll Survey of 1,542 WGU graduates.

Survey was sent to a representative sample of WGU graduates from all colleges. Respondents received at least one WGU degree since 2017.

6%

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

A Respected Accounting Master's Degree from WGU Can Help You Stand Out in a Competitive Job Market

Highly skilled accountants are needed in public accounting, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. If you're ready to prepare for the CPA or CMA exam and take your accounting career to the next level, WGU's online M.S. Accounting will help you gain the necessary analytical skills to address complex financial information and make appropriate recommendations to management.
Our 175-plus MAcc alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:

Job Titles

  • Accounting manager
  • Internal audit manager
  • Senior accountant
  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper

Diverse Industries

  • Accounting firms
  • Private companies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government
  • Colleges and universities

Major Employers

  • Big 4 Firms
  • Fanzz
  • Benihana National Corporation
  • HGST
  • Helix Education

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

ADMISSIONS & TRANSFERS

Admissions Requirements Unique to This Degree

To be considered for this program, you must:

  • Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited college or university. 
  • Demonstrate accounting experience through at least one of the following methods: 
    • A bachelor's degree in accounting 
    • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license

NOTE: You do not need to take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.

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BECOME A CPA

Prepare for the CPA Exam


 

Qualified to sit for the CPA exam. A master's degree from WGU allows students in most states to get the qualifications they need to sit for the CPA exam. In most states you will need 150 credit hours of school work, with a certain amount of accounting courses, in order to sit for the CPA. WGU degrees can help you reach that goal.

58% CPA pass rate. WGU boasts a 58% CPA pass rate for graduates. With the national CPA pass rate sitting at approximately 50%, we are thrilled that our graduates are more prepared on average to pass the CPA exam and become licensed.

Free Wiley test preparation. MAcc graduates are able to access free Wiley CPA test preparation materials, an $1,800 value, to help them be prepared to study for and pass the CPA exam. 

M.S. Accounting FAQs

If you want to become a master in accounting, you'll need a master's degree! Commonly called a MAcc, this degree program will give you additional knowledge and training in specific accounting skills like auditing, taxes, financial reporting, regulation, and more. And a master's degree in accounting usually enables students to be prepared for the CPA examination. 

For those who want to pursue a career in accounting, a master's degree is an important credential to have. Most states will require 150 credit hours and a certain amount of accounting coursework in order to take the CPA exam. A master's degree can help you meet those requirements and be prepared for the exam. For many accounting careers, having a CPA and master's degree is key in demonstrating you are skilled and trained in the rigorous work you'll need to do.

Absolutely. A master's degree in accounting can help you get the qualifications you need to sit for the CPA exam, and can translate to higher pay and better positions in the field. For example, WGU graduates from the master's of accounting program see an average of $18,700 salary raise after graduation. 

If you're interested in pursuing a career in accounting, whether doing taxes, performing audits, or other financial services, a master's degree in accounting is an ideal fit. This degree will help you learn specific skills needed for accounting responsibilities, as well as qualify you in many states to take the CPA examination, which is key to boosting your résumé. 

There are many job possibilities for those who pursue a master's degree in accounting, both in public and private accounting. Some of those jobs include:

  • Tax accountant
  • Auditor
  • Finance manager
  • Banker
  • CFO

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