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​​Master of Science in Accounting Program

The MS in Accounting (MSA) at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business is a 30-credit program (18 credits for core courses plus 12 credits for electives) that prepares students to be high performing professionals in public or corporate accounting.

The program can be completed in less than a year through two program formats - an accelerated format includes an intense summer core typically followed by electives while our traditional format allows students to take core courses with a blend of electives throughout the fall and spring semesters of an academic year. Babson’s Level 1  program is taught by faculty who are deeply connected to practice and industry, providing students with both a rigorous and practical foundation for exciting careers in the accounting profession.

The MS in Accounting is intended primarily for those with an accounting and/or business undergraduate degree. Prerequisites for the Babson MSA include the following subjects that have to be completed prior to matriculation:
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • U.S. Tax Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting

Additionally, students must complete Auditing, Finance, and U.S. Business Law by the time they graduate from the Babson MSA program. Please note, if Auditing, Finance, and U.S. Business Law were not taken prior to starting the Babson MSA, they may be taken as part of the elective portion of the program.

Core Curriculum

The Numbers Guy

Throughout the program, leading experts from Babson’s accounting, law, and management faculty will guide students through the 18 credits of core curriculum focused on the following topics:

  • Professional ethics, responsibility, and liability in accounting
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Strategic business tax planning
  • Accounting information systems
  • Strategic writing for managers
  • Persuasive business presentations
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in a service industry

Elective Curriculum

Students in the MSA program also will take 12 elective credits to build on the knowledge gained in core curriculum courses and can choose from a wide range of electives in other areas, including business analytics, leadership, and finance—or even an elective abroad. Graduate level elective courses are either 3 or 1.5 credits and these courses may be taken at the student’s pace.