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Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA)

THE MSA PROGRAM PROVIDES A HIGHLY SPECIALIZED DEGREE FOR ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONALS WHO WANT TO GET AHEAD IN THEIR CAREERS. SET YOURSELF APART THROUGH THE HANDS-ON CURRICULUM WHICH INCLUDES LIVE CLIENT INTERACTIONS, MOOT COURT ROOM EXPERIENCE, AS WELL AS INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE TRAINING. AT OHIO NORTHERN, YOU WILL DEVELOP THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS.

GET ON THE FAST TRACK

If you want to get on the fast track to success, enroll in Ohio Northern University’s MSA program. No other university offers such a distinctive masters degree in accounting. It’s one of a kind in the marketplace.

The MSA program offers a Forensic Accounting and Audit Services (FAAS Track) Track to develop your skills in forensic accounting, auditing and business valuation—helping you stand out in the job market. It offers a blended format, meaning you’ll spend some time on campus, but still have the flexibility to complete your studies online from anywhere. Choose either the 12 month track or the 24 month track depending on what works best with your schedule. 

With the MSA program, you’ll have the opportunity to earn the additional credit hours required to sit for the CPA exam. You will also be prepared to sit for other professional certification exams that are associated with high salary potential and high demand in the marketplace.
 

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

CERTIFICATIONS

You will have free access to all the materials needed to prepare you for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. In addition, to the CPA exam, the MSA program will help you prepare for the following: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), NACVA’s Accredited Valuation Analyst (AVA). You can receive a reimbursement up to $175 upon successful completion of these three exams. 

GROWING FIELDS

U.S. News & World Report identifies forensic accounting as one of the “20 Hot Job Tracks of the Future,” while the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics projects a 15.7 percent growth for the accounting profession between 2010 and 2020. 



THINK SUCCESS

KATIE COCHRANE, BSBA ’16, MSA ’17

Ohio Northern University’s MSA program gave me the flexibility and tools needed to attain this specialized degree while working an internship in another state simultaneously. I was able to sit and pass all four sections of the CFE exam while learning the material in the classroom in an interactive way. The online format of the program allowed me to practice working with a team remotely, which is a skill I will carry into my full-time position at a global firm. Choosing the MSA program at Ohio Northern was one of the best steps I have taken to prepare me for my professional career.

Katie Cochrane received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Ohio Northern University. During her time as an undergraduate student, Katie excelled in the accounting program and decided to further her education through the MSA program. Small class sizes and personal interaction allowed her to foster friendships that have developed into a network of professional colleagues and mentors who will continue to help her throughout her career. The knowledge and experience that Katie gained through the MSA program led to a career with Ernst & Young, where she will work in auditing as a member of the assurance staff.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • We achieve a 100 percent placement rate for MSA students. Some students land their first job, some upgrade to a better position, and others receive a promotion from their employer.
  • Our MSA students have found employment at Fortune 500 companies, the “Big Four” regional accounting firms, and the state of Ohio, while others have gone on to law school, opened their own CPA firms, and taught college-level accounting courses.
  • We are listed in the top 50 best Master’s Programs by accounting.com.

COURSES

You will complete a total of 30 credit hours in the MSA program. Courses include: 

  • The Professional Accountant
  • Corporate Governance and Risk Management
  • Ethics and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Professional Experience
  • Fraud Examination
  • Data Analytics
  • Internal Auditing
  • Business Valuation
  • Advanced Topics in Auditing
  • Financial Investigations

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Business planning
  • Corporate board of directors
  • Chief auditing executive
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Forensic accounting
  • Government
  • Internal audit
  • Public accounting
  • Private industry