Online Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

Elevate Your Career with a Master’s Degree in Accounting

Offered in a 100% online format, University of Michigan-Flint’s Master of Science in Accounting degree is designed for those who want to pursue Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) and elevate their careers to mid to senior-level positions with advanced accounting competencies. The MSA will also provide the technical knowledge for those looking to pursue a career in corporate accounting.

UM-Flint’s online MSA degree program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds. Whether you are a working professional with an accounting background or a recent college graduate from a non-business major, you can build your foundational knowledge in accounting through our Master’s in Accounting program and lift your understanding to an advanced level.

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Why Earn Your MSA Degree at UM-Flint?

Professional Preparation

By earning your MSA degree from UM-Flint, you are prepared to complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam as well as other professional certificates in accounting. You also are ready to compete for challenging and rewarding accounting positions and seek career advancement with a strong knowledge of accounting principles.

100% Flexible Online Program Option

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is offered entirely online. This online format provides flexible interactions that accommodate many students’ and professionals’ busy lives. Online learning is done through many methodologies including discussion boards, online chats, podcasts, video meetings, and other methods. The University of Michigan-Flint utilizes the Blackboard and Canvas learning platforms for its online education.


The UM-Flint MSA program is accredited by AACSB International, the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 5.5% of business schools are accredited by AACSB. In accordance with AACSB, we subscribe to the highest standards in management education. We prepare students to contribute to their organizations and the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.

Program Completion

Whether you are interested in completing your MSA degree as quickly as possible or spreading classes out to maximize your personal and professional flexibility, the UM-Flint MSA program is built for you. Students waiving both MSA foundation courses can complete their degree in as few as 10 months or take as long as five years to complete their degree.

Affordable MSA Degree

UM-Flint’s online MSA program is designed to be accessible to full-time students and busy working professionals from a wide geographic area. The tuition of the Master of Science in Accounting program is extremely affordable for both in-state and out-of-state students.

MSA/MBA Dual Degrees

UM-Flint’s School of Management offers students the unique opportunity to earn their Master of Business Administration degree by double counting up to 15 credits from the MSA program. This arrangement enables you to earn an MBA degree with fewer credits to complete while saving time and money. The MBA is also offered 100% online.

U-M Resources

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint’s MSA students have access to additional library and educational resources, expertise, and business databases at our campuses in Ann Arbor and Dearborn.

Master’s in Accounting Program Curriculum

The online Master of Science in Accounting program provides a robust curriculum that improves students’ skills in financial reporting, cost management, accounting systems and controls, auditing, and forensic accounting.

The MSA program requires students to complete at least 30 credit hours of coursework including 21 credit hours of MSA core courses and 9 credit hours of electives. The elective courses are designed for students to study subjects that fit their career interests such as taxation, not-for-profit accounting, advanced financial reporting, and financial statement analysis.

Students without an AACSB accredited accounting bachelor’s degree may have to complete two foundation courses.

Review the detailed
MSA program curriculum.

Master of Science in Accounting Core Courses

  • ACC 535 – Financial Reporting Special Topics 
  • ACC 545 – Seminar in Management Accounting
  • ACC 550 – Individual Federal Income Taxation
  • ACC 555 – Taxation of Businesses
  • ACC 565 – Seminar in Contemporary Accounting Systems and Control
  • ACC 575 – Auditing and Assurance Services
  • ACC 580 – Advanced Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting and Financial Reporting

Accounting Career Outlook

Focusing on career development and preparation for the CPA Exam, UM-Flint’s comprehensive Master’s in Accounting online program empowers students to pursue high-level accounting positions in various industries such as banking, consulting, insurance, and taxation.

Graduates of the MSA degree program have ample in-demand job opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting employment opportunities are projected to grow 4% through 2029 with 1,436,100 new jobs available in the market. In addition, accountants and auditors are able to make an annual median salary of $73,560.

By completing the Master of Science in Accounting degree program, you may pursue the following potential careers:

  • Capital Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Cost Estimator
  • Tax Accountant
  • Payroll Accountant
$73,560 median annual wage for accountants & auditors (2019-2029) stat. Source:

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in Accounting program is open to qualified graduates with a bachelor’s degree in the arts, sciences, engineering, or business administration from a regionally accredited institution.

To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores. Refer here for additional information.
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page typed response to the question, “What are your career objectives and how will an MSA contribute to accomplishing these objectives?”
  • Résumé, including all work experience and academic experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is completed 100% online. Admitted students are not eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students may complete this program online in their home country.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Early Deadline – May 1*
  • Fall Final Deadline – August 1 
  • Winter – November 15
  • Spring – March 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
  • Summer – May 15 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International Students Application Timeline

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the winter semester.

GMAT Waiver

The University of Michigan-Flint School of Management offers numerous waivers for the GMAT/GRE. Read more here to see if you qualify.

MSA Program Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to provide many dedicated expert advisors that students can rely upon for guidance along their educational journey. Book an appointment today to talk to our advisors about your academic and career goals.

Learn More about the Online Master’s Degree in Accounting

University of Michigan-Flint’s online Master of Science in Accounting program provides excellent preparation for career advancement in accounting. Apply today, or request information to learn more about our MSA program!