M.S. in Accounting

There’s a reason our graduates’ first-time CPA exam pass rate is almost 30% higher than the national average. Our rigorous MSA program cultivates in-depth understanding of how accounting affects organizations and society while strengthening necessary analytical skills. Courses focus on practical concepts, and students learn from accomplished faculty who possess valuable industry experience.

Students with and without accounting backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the MSA program. Our dedicated academic advisors will work with students to design individualized course paths and ensure the successful completion of degree requirements.

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Tuition and Aid

An MSA from the Carroll School is an excellent investment in your future. We offer merit-based scholarships and financial assistance to qualified applicants. Loan and work study programs are also available.

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Program Curriculum

All students have 12 months to complete the program. Students begin the program in September and complete their degree requirements in May or August, depending upon individual course load. Once admitted, students receive a personalized course worksheet, which outlines their individual course plan. Specific course plans take into account each student’s prior academic experience. Below are examples of what an individualized course plan might look like.

Accounting Majors

Core Courses Credits
Taxes and Management Decisions 3
Financial Statement Analysis 3
Assurance and Consulting Services 3
Elective Courses* Credits
Accounting Electives (3) 9
Non-Accounting Electives (4) 12
Total Credit Hours/Courses 30/10

Non-Accounting Majors

Business Courses Credits
Economics/Micro-Economics 3
Financial Management 3
Statistics 3
Business Law (U.S. based) 3
Information Systems 3
Accounting Courses Credits
Financial Accounting Practice I 3
Financial Accounting Practice II 3
Internal Cost Management and Controls 3
Federal Taxation (U.S. based) 3
Financial Auditing (U.S. based) 3
Core Courses Credits
Taxes and Management Decisions 3
Financial Statement Analysis 3
Assurance and Consulting Services 3
Total Credit Hours/Courses 39/13

Course information: Look up course information and schedules.

The CPA Exam: If you are interested in taking the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, required courses vary by state. For specific CPA requirements by state, please visit the "Exams" section of the NASBA website.

Community Service: The Carroll School has a proud tradition of service to our community. In keeping with that tradition and with our Jesuit heritage, all Carroll School graduate students must fulfill a requirement to serve others through meaningful work as volunteers. Read our service guidlines.

MSA Class Profile

Class Entering Fall 2021

Updated September 15, 2021

Academic and Professional Profile
Average GMAT Score 633
GMAT Score 80th Percentile Range 530–720
Average GRE Score 320
GRE Score 80th Percentile Range 311-331
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.29
Average Full-Time Work Experience
<1 year

Women 71%
AHANA* 27%
International 63%
Average Age
Age Range 21–26

*African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American.

Undergraduate Majors  
Accounting 46%
Business 10%
Economics 14%
Finance 10%
Humanities/Social Science
Math/Physical Science 5%
Other 5%
International Enrollments      
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Jenny Penafiel

“What I found to be truly rewarding at Boston College was the opportunity to gain real-world business perspectives and connect with incredible professors and colleagues.”

Jenny Penafiel (MSA ’18)
Senior Advisory Consultant, Deloitte

Patrick McCann

“Boston College sets itself apart from other institutions because of its faculty. We have smaller, more interactive learning environments with personalized help from professors, who have extensive professional backgrounds.”

Patrick McCann (MSA ’20)
Deal Advisory Associate, KPMG