M.S. in Accounting

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.

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At a Glance

How long will it take?


The program requires 12 months of study.

When do I start?


You'll begin the program in September and complete it in May or August, depending on your course load. 

Will I pass the CPA exam?


Our graduates’ first-time CPA exam pass rate is more than 30% higher than the national average.

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Boston College Alumni

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Carroll School Alumni

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Financial Times Faculty Research Ranking

(Average ranking over the past five years)

Curriculum

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

Total Credit Hours: 30 (10 courses)
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

Non-Accounting Majors

Total Credit Hours: 39 (13 courses)
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

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.

Class Profile

Class entering Fall 2022

Academic & Professional Profile

Average GMAT Score 647
GMAT Score 80th Percentile Range 534–726
Average GRE Score 318
GRE Score 80th Percentile Range 300-338
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.62
Average Full-Time Work Experience
1 year

 

Diversity

Women 56%
AHANA* 37%
International 50%
Average Age
24
Age Range 22–38

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

Note: All class profile information is accurate as of September 9, 2022

International Enrollments

Canada

China

Ukraine

Undergraduate Majors

Tuition & 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.

Alumni Experiences

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 ’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 ’20, Deal Advisory Associate, KPMG

FAQ

In order to complete my 150 hours for my CPA exam, can I take graduate level courses in the MSA program without applying formally to the program?
<p>Unfortunately, in order to take classes in any graduate management program, you must formally apply and be accepted into the program.</p>
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Is work experience required for admission to the MSA program?
<p>Work experience is not required for the MSA program. Students can gain admission directly from their undergraduate studies.</p>
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Connect

Virtual MSF/MSA Coffee Chats

Tuesdays at 9:30am ET

Chat with admissions staff and learn more about the BC MSA program.

In-Person Campus Tours

Throughout the week

Enjoy a 30-minute walking tour of Fulton Hall and upper campus.


Application & Requirements

Application Link & Deadlines

Apply Now

All applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $100 USD.

Deadlines

Apply by Receive decision by
December 6, 2022* January 11, 2023
February 28, 2023* April 19, 2023
May 30, 2023 June 28, 2023

* International applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by these deadlines

Boston College Fifth-Year BC Applicants

Boston College undergraduates currently in the second semester of their junior year or at any point in their senior year are eligible to apply to the Master of Science in Finance program as fifth-year applicants. Once enrolled, students can complete their MSA or MSF degree in as little as nine months from the program start date.

Fifth-year applicant requirements

Résumé or CV

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

Transcripts

Please include transcripts from every college or university where you were enrolled in a degree-granting program.

Standardized Tests

GMAT or GRE scores from within the past five years.

  • GMAT school code: 44x-J5-96
  • GRE school code: 3033

English Proficiency

TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores from within the past two years (if required). Applicants who submit a language test must meet the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL, iBT, and TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 100
  • IELTS: 7.5
    • IELTS school code: 3033    
  • PTE: 68

FAQs on English proficiency test requirements

Letter of Recommendation

Recommendation from an individual who can provide an objective appraisal of your capacity for intensive graduate study and your potential for professional success.

Personal Essay

All applicants must submit a personal essay.

Questions

Questions? We'd love to hear from you.

Please Email Graduate Admissions or call us at 617-552-3920.