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College of Management and Human Potential - Master's Programs:
MS in Accounting

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

The MS in Accounting program is focused on advanced accounting principles as well as current topic analyses that form a basis for improved decision-making and analytical capability. This program is geared toward accounting professionals who desire to refine and increase their knowledge in accounting topics. These individuals may be working as public accountants, in private practice, in government, or in nonprofit organizations. The core courses in the MS in Accounting program focus on developing skills in accounting research and communication, legal and ethical analysis, and managerial accounting with a focus on organization-wide performance. This degree program also has content aligned with professional certifications such as CPA, CIA, CFE, CFA, and CMA.

The MS in Accounting program is results-oriented and extends beyond theories and conceptual understanding to practical application. Advanced learning outcomes are achieved through a live research and case study methodology that will provide learners with the skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing profession.


Walden’s MS in Accounting program is accredited by ACBSP and has earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation. ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

Note on Licensure

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 specialists 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 resides. Additionally, prospective students are advised if they choose to relocate to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

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.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the impact of managerial decisions in organizational contexts using research techniques and results.
  2. Communicate effectively about accounting and business practices, demonstrating knowledge of and respect for a variety of audiences.
  3. Effectively employ quantitative and analytical skills essential in the accounting profession.
  4. Construct alternative solutions to unique accounting situations and challenges.
  5. Evaluate accounting and business practices from ethical, legal, and regulatory perspectives, considering diverse stakeholders and competing interests.
  6. Appraise the mission-critical role the accounting professional has as an active partner in supporting the goals and needs of the organization.
  7. Evaluate opportunities accounting professionals have to promote sustainable, socially aware organizations.

Degree Requirements

  • 30 total semester credits
  • Core courses (15 semester credits)
  • Specialization courses (15 semester credits)


Core Courses (15 semester credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Specialization Courses (15 semester credits)

These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.