Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
The Albertus Magnus College Master of Science in Accounting program in the Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership is a graduate-level, professional degree designed to provide students with a strong knowledge of accounting principles, which prepares them for a variety of careers in the accounting field. The MSA is a 30-credit program and provides students with the 150 credit hours required by most states for CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification.
What Makes Accounting at Albertus Different?
- Hands-on, experiential learning
- Interdisciplinary perspectives
- Emphasis on collaborative work
- Personally invested professors
- Small class sizes
- Innovative, well-rounded programs
- Resources and opportunities for research
- Lively extracurricular activities
- Campus-wide events
- Service and community engagement
- Active career counseling
- Opportunity-building networks
- Access to internships and professional experiences
Create Your Flexible Accounting Schedule
Offered in an accelerated format, most students can complete their Accounting degree in as little as one year while only having to take two classes at a time.
Students choose between the following:
- Take 1 to 2 classes every 8 weeks
- Work from the comfort of your own home
- Have the ability to work on assignments on your own time, at your own pace
- Take 1 to 2 classes every 8 weeks
- Classes are a combination of in-class session and online assignments
- Attend class on campus one night per week, while all other assignments are done from the comfort of home
- Benefit from in-class discussions while completing projects and assignments from home
- Choose to take classes in either a blended or online format
- Select the format that works best for you every time you register for a new course
- Learn more about the FLEX format
The flexibility and affordability of the program allows students to earn a graduate degree while balancing the demands of work and family.
Nancy Fallon, Ph.D., Director of Accounting and MBA Programs
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nancy Fallon
Dr. Nancy Fallon, Professor of Accounting, has been teaching accounting and finance full-time at Albertus Magnus College since 1990. She particularly enjoys leading courses in financial accounting and her areas of interest are in accounting ethics and International Financial Reporting Standards. Dr. Fallon has developed several successful business programs at Albertus on the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the Master of Science in Accounting Program.
“Albertus gives students individualized attention. Accounting is a very difficult topic. At Albertus you have instructors that know you and know how you learn.”
Prior to teaching at Albertus, Dr. Fallon held several accounting analyst positions in the insurance and hospital industries. She is currently a member of the American Accounting Association, American Institute of Public Accountants, and the Institute of Certified Management Accountants.
The Albertus Accounting Faculty
Where Will Your Accounting Degree take You?
A Master of Science in Accounting from Albertus is designed for students who want to earn an advanced degree in a growing field, whether it is to enter the Accounting field, to earn credits needed for CPA certification, or for current accountants looking to advance their careers.
Possible career paths with a Master of Science degree in Accounting include:
Albertus Accounting Faculty in the News
The current state of the stock market may have investors wondering about their next move. Dr. Alan DelFavero, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance of the Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership at Albertus Magnus College, explains what’s happening on Wall Street.
“What you can do is just monitor your investments, make sure your investment choices are tailored to your needs. So if you are a longer term investor, don't pay attention to the short term fluctuations."
The Albertus Magnus College MSA program provides the necessary credit hours for CPA certification and consists of 10 courses based on topics covered on the CPA exam.
Upon completing the Master of Science in Accounting, students will:
- Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and communication skills;
- Demonstrate advanced understanding of accounting concepts;
- Be able to apply accounting principles and theory to real world situations;
- Demonstrate the capacity for informed moral decision making in the accounting field;
- Complete the credit hours and content areas required to meet the educational requirements for CPA certification.
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The Master of Science in Accounting degree is one more example of the way in which Albertus Magnus College carries out its mission of providing an education that promotes the search for truth in all its dimensions and is practical in its application. This is what we do; this is who we are.
Sean P. O’Connell, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
Accounting Admission Requirements
To be admitted to the Accounting program, applicants must submit the following:
- A completed application form and non-refundable fee of $50.00.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 system*
- Official transcripts reflecting conferral of prior degree (a minimum of a bachelor’s degree for master’s programs). All transcripts are to be submitted from the original institutions.
- For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 575 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
- Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
- For online degrees, a valid Driver’s License or DMV Photo ID
- For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
- Military, university and college transcripts
- Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
- Veteran’s Intent to Register form
- Completion of at least 24 undergraduate credits in accounting and 22 undergraduate credits in business
- Two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates
- A written essay of 500-600 words, double-spaced, detailing the applicant’s professional interests, reasons for applying to the program, and educational expectations.
*Students who do not meet the above G.P.A. requirement may be admitted to the program on a provisional basis. Students may be required to complete prerequisite courses or to earn a 3.0 cumulative grade point average before being fully admitted to the program.
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The Albertus Accounting Degree Mission Statement
The Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership seeks to be a respected educational leader within the regional business community. We will provide high-impact academic programs and experiences aligned with in-demand fields. Our programs will challenge students to develop practical skills and personal values that empower them to succeed in a wide range of business professions.
The mission of the Tagliatela School of Business and Leadership is to provide a superior business education in innovative, accessible and technologically advanced formats to students from diverse academic and socioeconomic backgrounds striving to be ethical, entrepreneurial and successful in a dynamic economy through quality teaching, service and engagement with the business community.
Our Core Values
Competency-based educational focus
Business Community Engagement/Partnership