MS in Accounting Program Information

About the MS in Accounting Program

The MS in Accounting (MSA) degree program provides students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees with the knowledge, skills, professional attitudes and experiences necessary to begin successful careers in accounting.

The MSA program leverages capabilities of Lehigh University’s current accounting programs to serve a new audience—graduate students who wish to enter the accounting profession, but lack undergraduate degrees in accounting. The program is geared toward high-performing individuals who have completed (1) undergraduate degrees in any non-accounting area and (2) the pre-requisite introductory coursework in accounting and economics.

The MSA program is a full-time, 12-month program requiring a total of 36 credits comprised of:

  • Seven 3-credit courses equivalent to (and cross-listed with) the seven 300-level ACCT courses required of undergraduate accounting majors in the “public accounting assurance and tax services” track.
  • Three 3-credit MACC courses from among the six core courses in the MS in Accounting and Information Analysis program.
  • A new 3-credit MACC course, “Business Skills for Accounting Professionals” (MACC 490), that leverages the Segal Accounting Distinguished Speaker Series to ensure that MSA students have broad exposure to and opportunities to network with leaders of the accounting profession.
  • A new 3-credit “Internship in Accounting” (MACC 491) that provides career-relevant, experiential learning and enhanced access to post-graduation employment opportunities. Students who are unable to secure an internship would substitute an additional 3-credit MACC course from the MS in Accounting and Information Analysis core.

The MSA program’s primary objective is to provide college graduates who did not complete an undergraduate accounting program with the knowledge, skills, professional attitudes and experiences necessary to begin successful careers in accounting. Many graduates of this program will seek to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). To that end, the MSA curriculum is designed to meet the educational background requirements for CPA certification in New York, Pennsylvania and many other states.[1] It also covers most of the knowledge areas currently tested on the uniform CPA exam.

[1] MSA graduates without undergraduate business degrees might not meet educational background requirements of some states, such as New Jersey, that require a minimum number of non-accounting business courses. MSA graduates wishing to practice as a CPA in such states would need to first obtain a CPA license in another states (e.g., New York) and then apply for reciprocity in the other state (e.g., New Jersey).