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Master of Science in Accounting

The MS Accounting (MSA) program prepares you to take the CPA exam while enhancing your technical skills, improving your written and oral communication, and developing your critical thinking and leadership abilities. The 30-credit hour program provides you with the data analytics skills that accounting employers seek and prepares you for public, nonprofit, government or corporate accounting.

Whether you plan to pursue a career in assurance, forensic accounting, tax or consulting, the flexibility of the MSA program allows you to choose your area of focus and complete 1-2 internships. Pair this with the built-in access to the Becker Fast Pass CPA prep course and you'll be well prepared to pass the CPA exam and launch your career.

With one of the most affordable tuition rates available — combined with the fact that graduates with an MS Accounting degree and a CPA license are estimated to receive $1.5m more in lifetime career earnings — the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business accounting program offers exceptional return on investment.

Current students: We offer early admission through the Accounting Pathway Program. Join as early as your sophomore year!

Current Purdue accounting undergraduate students are encouraged to explore the MS Accounting Pathway Program.

30 Credit Hours

Full-Time 10 months

Main Campus, West Lafayette

Becker CPA Prep

MS Accounting
North America,, 2022
Employment Rate
Within 6 months of graduation
First Time CPA Pass Rate

Listen to Calei Kelly (MSA '22) explain how the program coursework directly translated to her career goals, helping her pass the CPA exam and land her job at Deloitte.

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