Master of Accounting
Position yourself for career advancement and success through multiple pathways
The online Master of Accounting includes a Forensic Accounting concentration, or student may take the general path with no concentration chosen. Both feature two course tracks – Advanced Track and Full Track – based on educational experience.
Add education to your experience
The Advanced Standing Track is designed for career enhancers: students with an undergraduate degree in accounting, or who have professional experience with accounting, are eligible for advanced standing status.
The Advanced Standing Track offers an abbreviated timeline that proceeds directly into upper level coursework for students already working in the field.
Students entering through our Advanced Standing Track must complete 10 total courses — including six core courses and four concentration courses — for a total of 30 credits. You can complete advanced coursework in as few as 15 months.
No accounting background? No problem!
The Full Track is designed to accommodate the needs of career changers and others who are new to accounting or students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-business bachelor’s field. Students entering through our Full Track must complete 14 total courses — including four foundational courses, six core courses, and four concentration courses — for a total of 42 credits. You can complete Full Track coursework in as few as 21 months.
For applicants that do not have hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business, Norwich offers preparatory courses that are designed to prepare students for the Master of Accounting coursework. Preparatory courses available include finance, economics, and statistics. Students must satisfactorily pass the preparatory course(s) in order to be admitted into the accounting degree program. Preparatory courses do not satisfy degree requirements. Speak with your admissions advisor to learn more.
Both the Full Track and Advanced Standing Track are designed from a real-world perspective and help to fulfill the 150 hours required to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, in addition to meeting criteria for the CMA certification exam. If you are interested in using the Master of Accounting program to be qualified to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and you do not hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or business, you will need to complete a minimum of 24 undergraduate credits in business prior to completing the Master of Accounting program.
In addition, coursework emphasizes the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to interpret or produce financial statements for various types of organizations.
Our graduates can gain the ability to:
- Understand the ethics of accounting on a personal, business, company, and international scope.
- Demonstrate ethical knowledge of accounting practices adopted by professional accounting organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).
- Utilize Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to interpret or produce financial statements for various types of organizations.
- Perform advanced management accounting issues including cost behavior, activity-based costing, budgeting, pricing, cost management, capital investment, and inventory management.
- Understand taxation as it applies to sole proprietorships, C and S corporations, partnerships, limited liability entities, and fiduciaries (based an advanced study).
- Examine accounting theory within the context of policy setting and financial reporting.
- Analyze, evaluate, and organize financial data to facilitate managerial decision-making.
- Conduct in-depth analyses of an organization's financial information and provide written assessments of results.
Foundation Courses (Full Track Only)
The following courses are taken by students entering the full track only.
The following courses are completed by all students. Upon completion of the core courses, students enter the concentration of choice or take the general pathway.
General Path Courses
Forensic Accounting Concentration
Those interested in specific career paths such as law enforcement or government service may be interested in the Forensic Accounting concentration, which provides students with practical, applicable knowledge to succeed in this specialized area. Skills include fraud investigation, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, contract disputes, and other complex financial topics.
The in-residence graduate experience is one of our online students' favorite Norwich traditions. During the residency, you’ll take part in a variety of seminars and activities designed to strengthen the knowledge and skills developed in your coursework—including valuable demonstrations of real-world case studies and presentations designed to reinforce what you’ve learned. Other activities during the week include seminars, campus and area tours, and networking events where you can build professional relationships that can aid you throughout your career.
Residency week concludes with the conferral of your degree in front of your friends and family, cementing your place as a member of the Norwich family.
The demand for accountants and auditors is projected to add 140,000 new positions to the job market by 2026. As accountants from the baby boomer generation retire, the supply of younger accountants entering the field isn’t enough to keep pace.** This creates greater opportunity for those seeking career advancement or enhancement. Professionals in the field earn a median salary of $70,500, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Graduates of the program can obtain accounting skills crucial to individuals in the public and corporate setting, with positions as:
- Financial Planners
- Financial Managers
- Budget Managers
- Budget Directors
- C-level positions (i.e. CFO)
**Norwich University's Master of Accounting (MAcc) program extends student's knowledge of accounting theory, research, and practice, and offers the opportunity for significant educational credits towards various states' licensure requirements. It may lead some students to pursue a CPA license. Given the diverse educational backgrounds of our students and the variety of state laws governing CPA licensure, Norwich University has not determined whether its educational program is sufficient to meet the educational licensure requirements in every location in the United States. Additionally, further coursework, experience, fieldwork, or background checks may be necessary. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure.
Automation and technology continue to transform the accounting field, presenting new opportunities to conduct business. By shifting focus from data entry to data analysis, accountants now have more flexibility to develop actionable strategies that add value to their clients’ financial interests. The ability to analyze and interpret financial information requires specialized skills that can help protect businesses from fraud, manage risk, and increase profitability.*
To prepare you to be an agent of change in this evolving field, the Norwich online Master of Accounting offers two program tracks that can help you to pursue accounting as a new career, or reinforce existing skills within the field.* Under expert faculty guidance, you’ll learn the theoretical base, practical skills, and competencies necessary to address complex accounting issues for organizations of every type, including corporations, government entities, nonprofits, and individuals.
*Norwich University's Master of Accounting (MAcc) program extends student's knowledge of accounting theory, research, and practice, and offers the opportunity for significant educational credits towards various states' licensure requirements. It may lead some students to pursue a CPA license. Given the diverse educational backgrounds of our students and the variety of state laws governing CPA licensure, Norwich University has not determined whether its educational program is sufficient to meet the educational licensure requirements in every location in the United States. Additionally, further coursework, experience, fieldwork, or background checks may be necessary. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure.
- General (no concentration chosen)
- Forensic Accounting
- Learn from expert faculty members dedicated to your success, who provide one-on-one feedback, guidance, and a personal learning experience.
- Apply for one of four start dates.
- Benefit from a university recognized for academic excellence. U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the Top 100 for Regional Universities in the North (rankings based on undergraduate programs).
Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Recognized for academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report ranks Norwich University in the top 100 for Regional Universities in the North. Rankings are based on undergraduate programs.
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At a Glance
- No GMAT or GRE required
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or better preferred
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST
Transfer CreditsA maximum of nine graduate credits is transferable to this program. Transfer credits only are awarded for seminars that cover the same subject areas as a Norwich Master of Accounting seminar and are less than ten years old.
International AdmissionsNorwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all the steps in the admission process.
Norwich Alumni BenefitsReconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As apart of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
Norwich University's Master of Accounting (MAcc) program extends student's knowledge of accounting theory, research, and practice, and offers the opportunity for significant educational credits towards various states' licensure requirements. It may lead some students to pursue a CPA license. Given the diverse educational backgrounds of our students and the variety of state laws governing CPA licensure, Norwich University has not determined whether its educational program is sufficient to meet the educational licensure requirements in every location in the United States. Additionally, further coursework, experience, fieldwork, or background checks may be necessary. Please review our Professional Licensure Disclosure.
Norwich’s online Master of Accounting provides a top-notch educational experience. We work hard to help make it affordable. Financial aid and several strategies can help finance your education. Norwich is committed to making this often-difficult process easier for you.
Tuition at a Glance
- Credit Hours: 42 (Full Track); 30 (Advanced Standing Track)
- Cost Per Credit Hour: $850
- Technology - $300/term
- Library - $75/term
- Graduation - $150/one time
Norwich's online Master of Accounting prepares students to take on leadership and management positions in the industry as an Internal auditor, management accountant, budget director and chief cost accountant.
Prospective students must select a concentration before beginning the program. However, the Program Director may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
The MACC coursework is designed to help fulfill the 150-hour requirement for the Uniform CPA Examination.
Norwich University offers several scholarships. They are awarded based on merit, talent, or financial need. Learn more about available scholarship opportunities.
If your company is a Norwich partner, you may be eligible for 10% discounted tuition. Ask your human resources department or check the current list of Norwich partners to find out.
Transfer credits, up to a maximum of one-third of the total credits of the graduate degree, may be awarded to those students who have successfully completed graduate-level seminars at other regionally- or nationally-accredited. Learn more about Norwich University’s transfer credit policy.
Norwich University offers a range of opportunities to help you lower your overall tuition costs. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about the below options. Please note that scholarships are not additive. In addition to the below scholarships, students may also be eligible for discounts if their organization partners with Norwich University.
Recognizing your past academic and professional achievements, the Achievement Scholarship is for newly enrolled students. You could receive a $4,200 scholarship, which will be distributed equally over the courses of the program. To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, submit your application package (application form, resume, letter of intent, and essay (if applicable)) for your program of interest at least one week prior to the upcoming application deadline. The Scholarship Selection Committee will review all application materials and select the recipient.
Norwich Alumni Scholarship
Norwich University alumni and their spouses, parents, and children are eligible to receive our Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship is award for each term of enrollment at $425 per term.
Active Duty Military Scholarship
Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel are eligible to receive a $250 award for each term of enrollment in an online master’s degree program.
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