​​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 that prepares students to be high performing professionals in public or corporate accounting.

The program can be completed in less than a year through two program formats - an accelerated format includes an intense summer core typically followed by electives while our traditional format allows students to take core courses with a blend of electives throughout the fall and spring semesters of an academic year. Babson’s program is taught by faculty who are deeply connected to practice and industry, providing students with both a rigorous and practical foundation for exciting careers in the accounting profession.

The MS in Accounting is intended primarily for those with an accounting and/or business undergraduate degree. All students should have an academic foundation in Intermediate Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting II, U.S. Tax Accounting, and Managerial Accounting, as well as Auditing, Finance, and U.S. Business Law.

Core Curriculum

The Numbers Guy

Throughout the program, leading experts from Babson’s accounting, law, and management faculty will guide students through the core curriculum focused on topics such as:

  • Advanced accounting topics
  • Professional ethics, responsibility, and liability in accounting
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Strategic business tax planning
  • Accounting information systems
  • Strategic writing for managers
  • Persuasive business presentations
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in a service industry
  • Accounting analytics

Elective Curriculum

Students in the MSA program also will take elective credits to build on the knowledge gained in core curriculum courses and can choose from a wide range of electives in other areas, including business analytics, leadership, and finance—or even an elective abroad. Graduate level elective courses are either 3 or 1.5 credits.

Learn more about the MSA curriculum (pdf).