The Master of Accountancy degree program provides students with a greater understanding of accounting and business than is possible in an undergraduate program. The program prepares students for careers as professional accountants in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations and public practice.
The MSA program at the Isenberg School of Management requires 30 credits of graduate coursework which includes 6 required core classes and 4 elective classes. We developed the curriculum in close consultation with our Accounting Advisory Council and with feedback from our students. The Advisory Council is made up of alumni partners and executives who are strongly committed to our program. The knowledge you gain in the MSA program will be applicable to the CPA exam and your future career.
Here are a few of the course topics available in the program:
Taxes and Business Decisions
Financial Statement Analysis
Exploring Data Analytics for Accounting Professionals
Financial Managment of Nonprofit Organizations
Introduction to Forensic Accounting
White Collar Investigations
To view all of the current course descriptions click here
We offer two formats to our program allowing a greater degree of flexibility for students; hybrid or online.
The hybrid method is best for students who desire all, or some, in-person classes. You can take classes in the fall and spring semesters on campus, right at Isenberg. Classes will be held Monday – Thursday evenings starting at 4:00PM. If you wish to combine on-campus and online classes, you can do that.
Students who are already working, or that live outside of the Amherst, MA area can take advantage of our completely online MSA program. You can take classes from any place at any time. Either scenario allows you to complete the program in as little as two semesters. If you begin the MSA in the fall you can finish after the spring semester, or start in the spring and complete the program at the end of the summer.
Does the MSA degree meet the 150 hour requirement to become a CPA?
Yes, you will have met the educational requirements for CPA certification in most states.
Yes, you will have met the educational requirements for CPA certification in most states. To find out what the requirements are for your state, go to http://nasba.org/stateboards/.
How do I get access to SPIRE, UMass Email and online library resources?
You need to activate your Student...
You need to activate your Student IT Account to get access to SPIRE, UMass Email, and Online library resources.
How do I search for and enroll in online classes?
Isenberg Courses: All students can use the Browse Courses tool to find and sign up for Isenberg Classes
Other Courses: Prospective Students If you are not a Current Student (not yet accepted to an Isenberg program) and want to sign up for a non-Isenberg class, you can search and enroll in classes at CPE. You are not eligible to register through SPIRE.
Other Courses: Current Students 1. Login to SPIRE (the University online catalog and course search tool) 2. Click on Main Menu > Course Guides > Search for Classes 3. Follow directions for your session below
Gen Ed classes Spring & Fall session:
Term = Spring or Fall
Gen-Ed Category = Pick the gen-ed category you seek
Gen-Ed Category = Pick the gen-ed category you seek
How long does it take to complete the program?
The program is meant to be flexible and to meet the needs of our students so the length it takes...
The program is meant to be flexible and to meet the needs of our students so the length it takes to complete is really up to you. Many students choose to complete the degree in two semesters by starting in either the spring or summer. If you begin in the spring, you can be done at the end of the summer. You can also spread the classes out over a longer timeframe if you are working full-time or have other commitments.
Is the Isenberg MSA program accredited?
Yes, we are accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Yes, we are accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. We have the distinction of having earned separate AACSB accreditation for our accounting department and programs – one of only 5 schools in New England. In fact, there are only 180 institutions in the world that hold AACSB accreditation in accounting.
What course materials, such as textbooks, are required for my course?
You can find out what course materials will be required by looking at your course in...
You can find out what course materials will be required by looking at your course in SPIRE, either log in or select Search classes/Catalog to the right of the SPIRE log in information, search for your class by term, subject and mode of instruction and select the section, scroll down to Textbook/Other materials.
Will my military credits transfer?
UMass Amherst uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and applies the same...
UMass Amherst uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines and applies the same standards to credits for military education as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. The Joint Services Transcript (JST) military transcript is available in electronic format only and may be requested via the (JST) website.