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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.

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.

Prerequisites for the Babson MSA include the following subjects that have to be completed prior to matriculation:
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • U.S. Tax Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting

Additionally, students must complete Auditing, Finance, and U.S. Business Law by the time they graduate from the Babson MSA program. Please note, if Auditing, Finance, and U.S. Business Law were not taken prior to starting the Babson MSA, they may be taken as part of the elective portion of the program.

Core Curriculum

The Numbers Guy

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) »​​​​​​​​​