Graduate Accounting Programs

Education beyond the CPA credential

In today's fast paced world, CPAs must stay on top of the latest rules and changes to stay competitive. One way to move your career forward is with an advanced accounting degree.

Minnesota schools offer a number of different programs geared specifically toward the accounting profession. Learn more about the degrees below.

Master of Accountancy (MAcc) 
Who should consider  CPA looking to gain a competitive edge by earning an additional credential

CPA exam taker needing additional credits to become certified
Time commitment  1 year, full-time program
Where offered  Carlson School of Management
Contact: Larry Kallio
Phone: 612-624-7511
Email: macct@umn.edu  
Master of Accountancy (MAcc) 
Who should consider  4-year accounting degree holder looking for an advanced program to prepare for a career in accounting

CPA exam taker needing additional credits to become certified
Time commitment  1 year, 30 credit degree
Where offered  Minnesota State University, Mankato
Contact: William Brown
Phone: 507-389-5427
Email: william.brown@mnsu.edu 
Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) 
Who should consider  Adult learners wanting flexible course schedules who are pursuing skills needed to becoming accounting leaders

CPA exam taker needing additional credits to become certified
Time commitment  30 credit degree program (available at Twin Cities campus and  online)
Where offered  St. Mary's University
Contact: Melanie Torborg
Phone: 612-238-4525
Email: mtorborg@smumn.edu  
Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) 
Who should consider  Recent 4-year accounting degree holders interested in advanced credential and professional development
Time commitment  1 year, full-time or part-time evening
Where offered  University of St. Thomas
Contact: Kristine DeVinck 
Phone: 651-962-8800                  
Email: MSACCT@stthomas.edu 
Master of Business Taxation (MBT) 
Who should consider  CPA working in an accounting or business field; combines business principles with technical tax
Time commitment  30 credit degree, programs available full and part-time
Where offered  Carlson School of Management 
Contact: Paul Gutterman
Phone: 612-624-7511
Email: mbt@umn.edu  
Graduate Certificate in Accounting 
Who should consider  CPA looking to increase marketability with advanced accounting courses
Time commitment  7 courses. Courses may be transferred towards master's degree
Where offered  Keller Graduate School of Management  

Higher education for non-CPAs

Perhaps you've always considered accounting but never took the steps to make it a career. Or maybe it's time for a career change. Consider adding a master's degree as you prepare to become a CPA.

Master of Accounting and Financial Management (MAFM) 
Who should consider  Person with little or no background in accounting or finance
Time commitment  Master's program with track to prepare for CPA or CFA
Where offered  Keller Graduate School of Management 

Accounting education resources

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