The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program at East Carolina University prepares you for an accounting career and for successful completion of the CPA exam. Students gain in-depth knowledge of auditing, taxation, financial accounting, cost accounting, and accounting systems, plus an overview of management in profit and nonprofit organizations. The MSA program integrates the content of the certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, and certified management accountant professional examinations. One of the unique aspects of the ECU MSA is that students sit for the CPA exam in the last semester of the program. This gives our students a competitive advantage when applying for jobs after graduation.
Our MSA program is designed for both business and non-business undergraduates. It is completely self-contained, requiring no prerequisite business experience or course work for admission. We customize the program to fit each student based on past academic experience and future career goals. The program is very flexible; you can take between one to five classes each semester. Please note the MSA is a campus-based program, and therefore online courses are not offered. In general, for a non-business undergraduate student, an MSA is usually 45 semester hours. A business undergraduate but non-accounting major is usually required to take 39 hours. Students with an accounting undergraduate degree may be required to take as few as 30 hours. In all cases, the number of classes is dependent upon your past academic experience and performance.