Whether you are beginning your accounting career or seeking to advance in your current profession, Walden’s MS in Accounting program will help you:

  • Strengthen your analytical and critical-thinking skills.
  • Explore the latest regulations, trends, and issues shaping the accounting industry.
  • Improve leadership skills needed for success in any job today.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 8, 2017

Duration: 24 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 15 credits

  • Accounting for the Professional

    In this specialization you will take a deeper look at theories and perspectives that are critical for effective risk management.

  • Self-Designed

    Create your own specialization, based on your professional interests. Subjects like tax analysis, auditing, international perspectives, and more are available to you.

  • Accounting with CPA Emphasis

    Prepare for the CPA exam as well as the CPA profession through courses like Managing Regulatory Compliance, Solving CPA Problems, and more.

Program Curriculum

Designed to help you stay current in a rapidly changing profession, the MS in Accounting program covers subjects relevant to the field, such as:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Recent regulatory decisions by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Most states require individuals to complete 150 semester (225 quarter) hours in certain subject areas in order to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and/or obtain a CPA license. Walden’s accounting programs can help graduates progress toward meeting those requirements. The BS in Accounting offers 120 quarter (80 semester) credit hours that include upper-level courses in topics such as financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting. The MS in Accounting offers 30 semester (45 quarter) credit hours, while the MBA Accounting specialization offers nine semester (13.5 quarter) credit hours. These programs include graduate courses in topics such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, and legal and ethical accounting practices. This will require students to complete additional coursework to meet state requirements.

In each state, there are specific policies that must be followed when an individual is seeking to become a licensed accountant. Some states will not allow individuals who complete the Walden accounting programs to sit for the CPA licensing exams due to state-specific issues such as professional accreditation or face-to-face instruction. For information on the educational requirements for your state, refer to the state’s Board of Accountancy or related agency.

Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance about accountant licensure; however, it remains the responsibility of the individual enrolling in the program to read, understand, and comply with the licensure requirements in the state where he or she wishes to practice.

Walden University can make no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of a Walden program, or coursework for credit within a program, will make a graduate eligible to sit for a licensure exam or to obtain state licensure.


More about our MS in Accounting program

  • Career Options

    An MS in Accounting degree will allow you to further your experience as an accounting professional in areas such as:*

    • Managerial accounting
    • Governmental accounting
    • Auditing: external, IT, compliance
    • Risk analysis

    *Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MS in Accounting program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.203.3398, to learn more about tuition costs for the MS in Accounting program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.203.3398.

  • Accreditations

    ACBSPWalden University’s MS in Accounting program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education worldwide.

Why earn your MS in Accounting at Walden?

  • Relevant Curriculum

    Coursework is based on the latest research and current best practices.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.

  • Graduate Certificate Included

    Earn a graduate certificate after completing certain specified courses within the master’s degree program.



“The mentorship at Walden has been the greatest value. It's consistent, empowering, and encouraging. It's provided a wealth of resources."

André Lynch | MBA and BS in Business Administration graduate