MSA Concentrations

Suffolk offers concentrations for those who are enrolled in the Master of Science in Accounting program.

Business Intelligence

The accounting profession has a high demand for professionals with a solid understanding of data management and business intelligence as well as up-to-date knowledge of practical tools to solve business problems. Learn to design databases, retrieve data from business processes, visualize and analyze results, and communicate solutions with the Business Intelligence concentration. Students will have opportunities to work with Tableau, MS Excel including Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), SQL, SAP Lumira, SAS Enterprise Guide, and Data Warehouse.

Forensic Accounting

Forensic accountants are in strong demand in government agencies, accounting firms, insurance companies, banks, and law firms. Gain an understanding of the motivations, opportunities, and rationalizations that facilitate fraudulent behavior and learn how to detect, investigate, and prevent financial-related frauds with the Forensic Accounting concentration. Students will also develop skills in gathering and documenting analytical data for successful prosecution, investigative interviewing techniques, and the ability to provide testimony for dispute resolution.

Corporate Accounting & Finance

Students seeking careers within a corporation require a solid background in both finance and accounting. Therefore, the need to develop both competencies for financial management positions, including a CFO role, is widely recognized. Those enrolled in the corporate accounting and finance concentration will learn how to interpret the world around them through numbers and will be prepared for careers that influence corporations’ internal operations. Students will have opportunities to develop an understanding of topics such as financial analysis and forecasting, capital structure, capital budgeting, and corporate valuation, which will help them determine where and how to invest corporate funds.

Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting

Working as an accountant in either the nonprofit or government space can be a lucrative and rewarding career. Gain knowledge in the unique accounting principles, financial reporting structures, budget controls, program planning, and management controls in not-for-profit organizations and governmental units. Career opportunities in this space are vast and exist in cities, counties, states, K-12 public and private school districts, public and private nonprofit colleges and universities, healthcare organizations, charitable or religious organizations, and federal agencies like the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


Tax practice is vital to the successful operation of almost any business, with tax laws, regulations, and case law constantly evolving. As such, accounting professionals versed in taxation are always in high demand. Students in this concentration will begin by developing robust research skills, allowing them to thoroughly parse source documents and regulations. Elective courses allow students to focus specifically on corporate taxation, pass-through taxation, or accounting for taxation in accordance with ASC 740, a crucial component of accurate financial reporting. Concentration available starting in the fall of 2022. Available in on-campus program only.