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​Master of Science in Accounting Program

The MS in Accounting (MSA) at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business is a 30-credit program (18 credits for core courses plus 12 credits for electives) that can be completed by most students in less than a year.

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Students are enrolled full time during the summer, and participate in an 18-credit core. Electives are the remaining 12 credits, and can be taken at the student’s pace. Prerequisite accounting courses include, Intermediate Accounting 1 & 2,  U.S. Federal Tax (similar to Babson TAX3500), and Auditing. Those applicants who are missing the Auditing course will be required to complete Babson’s graduate Auditing course.

Core Curriculum

Students will take an 18-credit summer core curriculum on a full-time basis. The core curriculum features a deliberate blend of advanced accounting and integrated business disciplines.

  • Advanced Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
  • Strategic Business Tax Planning (3 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation in a Service Industry (3 credits)
  • Professionals Ethics, Responsibility & Liability for CPAs (1.5 credits)
  • Accounting Information Systems (1.5 credits)
  • International Accounting (1.5 credits)
  • Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting (1.5 credits)
  • Strategic Writing for Managers (1.5 credits)
  • Persuasive Business Presentations (1.5 credits)

Elective Curriculum

Students in the MSA program also will take 12 elective credits to build on the knowledge gained in core curriculum courses. Auditing must be taken as an elective course if it was not taken prior to beginning the MSA program. Graduate level elective courses are either 3 or 1.5 credits and these courses may be taken at the student’s pace.

Learn more about the curriculum and view course descriptions (pdf) »