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Master of Accountancy: Accounting Analytics Concentration

Program Overview

Tap into the power of data science.

Harness new leaps in data gathering and information processing with the Accounting Analytics concentration.

Through five courses, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of business trends while learning to create financial reports based on reliable data and use accounting systems to their fullest.

Harness new leaps in data gathering and information processing with the Accounting Analytics concentration.

Through five courses, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of business trends while learning to create financial reports based on reliable data and use accounting systems to their fullest.

Quick Facts

1.5

years to complete

30

total credit hours

$895

per credit hour

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An online Master of Accountancy student uses knowledge to present findings at a board meeting.

Set Yourself Apart With the Latest Technology

Go beyond the core Master of Accountancy curriculum and gain advanced analytical and computing skills to support financial and managerial accounting.

Our Accounting Analytics concentration prepares you to assess competitive intelligence, simulate real-world business situations, apply forecasting models, and use the R programming language relied on by statisticians and data miners.

You’ll develop the skills you need to gain a competitive edge over other accountants with hands-on expertise in one of the nation’s most in-demand disciplines.

Learn directly from faculty who are CPA-certified industry experts and experienced field practitioners. Our Master of Accountancy is entirely online and designed to fit your life.

“Data analysts will help leaders make informed, data-driven decisions to drive a company forward, improve efficiency, increase profits, and achieve organizational goals.”
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)1

Career Outlook: Crucial to Business

According to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, data analysis skills are “crucial” for accounting successand employment site Glassdoor has ranked the profession of data scientist No. 1 in America four years in a row, with a median base salary of $108,000 and a job satisfaction rate of 4.3 out of 5.2

Pairing your accounting expertise with this market-relevant skill set will set you up for both long-lasting career stability and exciting new possibilities.

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Curriculum: Hands-On Techniques

This concentration begins with business analytics and data mining fundamentals. You’ll complete hands-on exercises in predictive modeling, anomaly detection, and more.

Next, choose from electives in the R programming language, forecasting models, business intelligence, and other topics, and finish with an applied capstone.

To ensure you learn up-to-the-minute techniques, our Accounting Department Professional Alumni Council advises on how to keep the MAcc curriculum current.

Master of Accountancy Curriculum

Program Outcomes: Real-World CPA Preparation

The Master of Accountancy prepares you to:

You’ll complete this program with the robust accounting knowledge you need to take the CPA exam.*,**

Available Concentrations

You may also focus your degree with a concentration in Forensic Accounting or pick any five electives, out of 16 available courses, to tailor your degree to your interests.

Master of Accountancy: Forensic Accounting

Harness a dual expertise in accounting and forensics to protect an organization’s most vital assets.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the Master of Accountancy, you’ll need:

Students with a non-accounting business bachelor’s degree may still apply through the MAcc Bridge option, which offers pre-requisite courses in accounting and finance.

Find more details on the Master of Accountancy’s Admissions Requirements page.

Admissions Info

Tuition Details

The Master of Accountancy program at The University of Scranton consists of 30 credit hours and costs $895 per credit hour.

We strive to provide you with an affordable, high-quality education. That’s why we’re ranked a Best Value School, Regional Universities North, by U.S. News & World Report for 2020.

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Faculty: Support From Industry Pros

The University of Scranton’s CPA-certified faculty are more than industry experts.

They are also working practitioners and consultants with a long list of award-winning publications. These experienced professionals will work with you directly and provide support as you earn your master’s degree.

You’ll also benefit from the close advisement and mentorship of Scranton alumni, our partners at Big 4 accounting firms, and Scranton’s Accounting Department Professional Alumni Council.

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Why Learn Online?

Earn a degree without interrupting your career. You’ll be part of an online learning community led by a diverse and expert faculty. Online programs reflect the same rigorous standards as our on-campus programs.

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Financial Aid

Financial aid options are available to help you pay for your education. A personal financial aid counselor will assist you in identifying and taking full advantage of all opportunities.

Financial Aid Details

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-373-9547.

The minimum amount of time to complete the program is 1.5 years. Students may take up to six years to finish.

Depending on your career path and MAcc concentration, you’ll have a wide variety of jobs to choose from with this degree. Examples include:

  • Director of accounting
  • Credit analyst
  • Financial reporting manager
  • Chief risk officer

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for accountants and auditors is expected to grow 6 percent between 2018 and 2028.

Learn more about how you can use your Master of Accountancy degree by visiting our career outlook page.

No. While a background in business is preferred, students with non-business bachelor’s degrees have the option to apply by completing some or all of the Master of Accountancy Bridge courses. Students should also complete at least one 3-credit financial accounting course.

Request more information or call us at 866-373-9547 to learn more.

The cost of tuition for the Master of Accountancy program is between $26,850 and $37,590, depending on whether you need to take Bridge courses. The program’s cost per credit is $895.

For more information about tuition, additional costs, and financial aid options, please visit our tuition page.

This is designed as a part-time program.

The Master of Accountancy program requires students to complete 10 courses, with a total of 30 credit hours. This does not include any Bridge courses you might need to take as prerequisites, depending on your accounting background.

Visit our MAcc curriculum page to view the full list of coursework requirements.

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Sources:

  1. AICPA Store Certificate Programs (2018). Data Analytics and Beyond. Retrieved November 25, 2019, from https://certificates.aicpastore.com/certificates/data-analytics.
  2. Glassdoor (2019). 50 Best Jobs in America. Retrieved November 25, 2019, from https://www.glassdoor.com/List/Best-Jobs-in-America-LST_KQ0,20.htm.

Footnotes:

*The University of Scranton accounting program also meets the NYS CPA license education requirements as an “Equivalent to a NYS Licensure Qualifying Registered Program.”

**Many states require 150 semester hours of education within a prescribed accounting coursework curriculum for obtaining the CPA license. Students without prior accounting and related coursework are unlikely to meet this requirement through completing the MAcc program. Such students may need to complete additional required course(s). Please refer to your individual state’s requirements.