Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

Suffolk’s Boston campus is at the heart of the Financial District—with each of the Big Four accounting firms within a mile of where you’ll be studying. Whether you’ll be working full-time or looking to complete an internship to boost your resume, Suffolk's downtown location creates an ease of balance while earning your MSA.


While earning your MSA at Suffolk, you’ll:

  • Earn your degree in as few as 9 months (full-time) or 21 months (part-time).
  • Learn from industry experts who are each a mix of practitioners and accomplished scholars.
  • Study from a curriculum that is guided by the cutting-edge industry practices identified by our Young Alumni Advisory Board.
  • Take courses that integrate Becker's CPA Exam Review Course, giving you supplemental material to help you ace your classes while also preparing you for success on the CPA exam. 
  • Specialize in areas like forensic accounting, business intelligence, governmental & not-for-profit accounting, or corporate accounting & finance.

Suffolk’s MSA is designed for those who have a background in accounting as well as those who don't, so the length of the program depends on your level of experience. Take courses based on your schedule. You also have the option to take classes back-to-back in one evening or online on a space-available basis for added flexibility.

View the MSA curriculum

MSA Program Overview

Suffolk's Master's in Accounting

For more than 25 years, our graduate accounting programs have been preparing students for the CPA and CMA exams.

Why Get a CPA?

Accountants who hold their CPA license earn 10%-15% more annually than those without the licensure. In fact, the average salary of a US-based CPA is $119,000 per year, excluding bonuses, according to the Journal of Accountancy.

If passing the CPA exam isn’t your goal, our electives give you an opportunity to customize your degree and build expertise in areas including taxation, big data, finance, entrepreneurship, and international business to prepare you for advancement in other careers.

In as few as 9 months (full-time) or 21 months (part-time), our MSA graduates go on to pursue rewarding and successful careers as auditors at public accounting firms, tax specialists at global corporations, special agents at government agencies, and key influencers at nonprofits and municipalities.
Boston business district taken from Boston Common.

The Suffolk Difference

Suffolk has a really good reputation the
MSA program really prepares you for
almost anything in you're comfortable it
really does everyone probably looking
for something different I think some
people want to go to a public company
but a smaller company any worse I really
wanted that big company that big
experience because you just here are
those big four and but I think Suffolk
gives you the opportunity to choose
either the programs they have here
really make students prepared and feel
confident when they're taking a CPA exam
a lot of the courses were pretty much
the same of the stuff they stuff they
tested you on same format in terms of
the exams and you have everything that
can help you succeed you know one of the
reasons why I wanted to attend Suffolk
was that I love the one-on-one attention
I didn't want to go to a big school I
wanted to someone to know by my name not
be a number Suffolk has the best
professors you know they get you ready
for the real the real world one of my
favorite professors used to bring in
current events all the time every class
the start of the class would be a
current event that would come in and
they relate it to how you know what
we're learning in class I think my
favorite professor would be a mg married
pop hidden she's tough she's really
really tough but she makes the class
really enjoyable and she does kill a lot
of other students the first day of class
we came in and she knew everybody's name
the location downtown can't beat that
that international aspect of the school
did attract me to Suffolk do you want to
be part of a school that understand that
not everyone is a English speaker
when I was at Suffolk I just learned to
work really hard and really embrace the
team aspects of it I'm currently a
senior accounting manager at smart
travel which is a subsidiary of
TripAdvisor you know I currently have
four direct reports and I feel a lot of
that being able to motivate and coach
also some from being able to have uber
environments at Suffolk University not
just do it in kind of your own
individual work would also be involved
in it it's here I work at dana-farber
Cancer Institute I'm a grant accountant
so we work in the restock in the
research accounting department and it's
it's predominantly grant related a lot
of the people that I work with went to
Suffolk what director goes on the
offense of like I am a senior associate
at KPMG I work in the Texas crime
specifically an asset management group
I'm in public accounting I work for a
firm called Edelstein & Company um work
primarily in their audit and assurance
and accounting program the career office
here was really great
about what helping helping you find
internships and there was a lot of
companies in the city that posted there
which made it great because it just it
helped me decide where I wanted to go
and what I wanted to do which was nice
and definitely helping a resume for
finding a job after graduation I love
Suffolk had a great experience and I
ain't she was any of the school I came
back to something

MSA Concentrations

Develop your analytical skills further and gain the professional expertise that top firms demand by choosing one of the four concentrations within the Suffolk MSA program. Each of these help you gain the skills and knowledge to distinguish you from the pack with a future-focused skill set.

Business Intelligence

Learn to design databases, retrieve data from business processes, visualize and analyze results, and communicate solutions.

Forensic Accounting

Gain an understanding of the motivations, opportunities, and rationalizations that facilitate fraudulent behavior. Learn how to detect, investigate, and prevent financial-related fraud.

Corporate Accounting & Finance

Learn how to interpret the world around you through numbers and be prepared for careers that influence corporations’ internal operations.

Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting

Acquire knowledge in the unique accounting principles, financial reporting structures, budget controls, program planning, and management controls in not-for-profit organizations and governmental units.

4+1 Program

If you’re a senior working towards an undergraduate business degree or a recent graduate, you may qualify to earn your Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) or in Taxation (MST) in as few as 9 months, or your MSA/MSTMSA/MSF, or MSBA/MSA in as few as 16 months. Learn more about our 4+1 programs.

Continuing Excellence

Our program has received Level-1 status from the MA Board of Public Accountancy, and is 1 of only 182 institutions worldwide to have an international supplemental accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

As the only Accounting program in Boston with this unique dual-accreditation, our students are automatically eligible to sit for the CPA exam without having to submit their transcripts for verification and are not subject to a waiting period.

Suffolk MSA students standing outside of building.

MSA Outcomes 

Average starting salary $73,333
Employed within 6 months of graduation* 87.8%
Employed within 1 year of graduation* 97.6%
Graduates* employed in degree-related positions              92.3%

*Class of 2017-2018 Graduates

Applying to Suffolk's MSA Program 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: April 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who visit campus)
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
  • Resume
  • Goal statement (essay)
  • Letter of recommendation (Learn more)
  • The GMAT/GRE is not required for the MSA but may be required for the MSA/MSF dual-degree program
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic scores (international students only)

Cost of Graduate Study at Suffolk

Tuition (2019-2020)
Full-time, per year
Cost Per Credit (2019-2020)
For Part-Time students

Financial Aid for Graduate Study

Suffolk University is pleased to offer both merit- and need-based financial aid to graduate students—these awards can be up to $20,000 per academic year. Merit-based aid is awarded based on the applicant's academic credentials presented on the admission application. No separate application is required for merit consideration.

The Suffolk MSA

Advising & Other Resources

Suffolk University offers graduate students—incoming, current, and alumni—help with navigating financial aid and payments, searching for career opportunities, and building a strong professional network. Our Graduate Student Services team supports you every step of the way with various services including application advising, financial aid counseling, international student resources, and other resources such as the Career Development Center or the Center for Learning and Academic Success. We also offer you value-added professional development workshops to bolster your experiential education and other professional skills while studying at Suffolk University. 

Faculty Expertise

Our program faculty are at the forefront of their field, pursuing research and being sought out by the media to offer their take on various topics

  • Professor Ariel Markelevich, PhD, CMA appeared on “Count Me In”, the Institute of Management Accountant's (IMA’s) podcast about all things affecting the accounting and finance world where he explains what blockchain is and why accountants should care about it
  • Professor Nancy Chun Feng—and her co-authors, Dan Neely from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Lise Anne Lattern from University of Louisiana—has had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management entitled "Stakeholder Groups and Accountability Accreditation of Nonprofit Organizations" 
  • Professor Andrew Stuart, PhD, CPA was selected as one of the recipients of the 2018-2019 Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics from the Steed School of Accounting at the University of Oklahoma for your paper "The Value of Assurance and Ethics in Difficult Times: Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosures and Investor Decisions"
  • Professors Ariel Markelevich, PhD, CMA & Stephen Fuller, PhD paper "Should accountants care about blockchain" which was recently published in The Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance.

"After completing my Bachelors in Accounting at Suffolk, I decided to stay for my Masters, which was really important to have when I started meeting with potential employers. They knew that with the MSA, I had gained the specialized knowledge and skills I needed to be a true subject matter expert and leader in the profession."

Ralitza Dountcheva, CPA, MSA '17

Courses & Requirements

Learn more about the classes, requirements, and different options available to complete the program.

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