Master of Science in Accountancy

Whether you're building a career in public or private accounting, an Edgewood College MSA is the right degree for you. Expertise in this field can provide the foundation to become a CPA in a public accounting firm, to pursue a career in corporate management accounting, to work in government or not-for-profit sectors or to succeed as an entrepreneur.

Program Highlights

  • 30 credits
  • Flexible face-to-face format with online options designed for working adults
  • Finish in 1 year on full-time schedule or in 2-3 years part-time
  • Fall, Spring or Summer semester start dates
  • Build expertise for a career in the private, public, or not-for-profit sector
  • Taught by accessible faculty with exceptional practitioner experience
  • Learn skills that you can take back to workplace immediately
  • Receive superior student advising and career counseling from staff committed to your success
  • Interact with the local community through participation in the annual accounting dinner, annual career fair, tours of area accounting firms, attendance at Accounting Club events, and through opportunities in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program
  • Receive a discount to the leading CPA review program in the country (Becker CPA Review) through our business partnership

Degree Requirements

MS Accountancy coursework is divided into two categories: Business and Accounting Courses. Integrated throughout the courses are topics related to change, innovation, international business, and social responsibility. A total of 30 credits are required for completion of the degree. For students without undergraduate courses in business functional areas from a 4 year regionally accredited institution, it is recommended that they complete courses in the following areas: finance, marketing, management and IT Management.

Accounting Courses
A minimum of 15 credits of Accounting Courses:

Required Courses

  • BUS 714 - Advanced Cost Management & Control 3 Credit(s) *
  • BUS 726 - Advanced Accounting I 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 727 - Governmental & Not-For-Profit Accounting 3 Credit(s) **
  • BUS 756 - Fraud & Forensic Accounting 3 Credit(s) *
  • BUS 798 - Strategic Management Accounting 3 Credit(s)

*Students who have not completed a course in accounting systems, will be required to take BUS 725 - Accounting Systems instead of BUS 714 - Advanced Cost Management & Control **Students who have not completed a course in auditing will be required to take BUS 706 - Auditing instead of BUS 756 - Fraud and Forensic Accounting

Students may take up to one of the following electives:

  • BUS 709 - Income Tax Accounting II 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 717 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance I 1 Credit(s) And BUS 718 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance II Variable 2-3 Credit(s)

Business Courses
12 credits of Business Courses

Required Courses

  • BUS 601 - Executive Communication 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 616 - Business Ethics 3 Credit(s) OR PHIL 604 - Professional Ethics 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 723 - Business Law II 3 Credit(s)

At least one of the following electives:

  • BUS 603 - Organizational Development/Behavior 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 604 - Operations Management 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 605 - Statistics for Managers 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 606 - Strategic Marketing 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 607 - Corporate Finance 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 618 - Managing Information and Technology 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 679 - Business Internship Variable 3-6 Credit(s)
  • BUS 712 - Investments 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 719 - Personal Financial Planning 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 761 - Quality Improvement Methods 3 Credit(s)
  • BUS 792A - International Study Tour A-China 1 Credit(s) And BUS 792B - International Study Tour B-China 2 Credit(s)
  • BUS 795A - International Study Tour A-Germany 1 Credit(s) And BUS 795B - International Study Tour B-Germany 2 Credit(s)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future.  While the benefits to personal growth are priceless, our program can expand your career options and enhance your earning power in the marketplace.  When considering the total cost of your education, be sure to consider the lasting positive impact it will have on your personal and professional future.

Graduate tuition for the 2021-2022 year is $764 per credit (effective Summer 2021).

Estimated costs assume you have satisfied all prerequisites before enrolling in the program. If prerequisites are required, that will increase the total cost of the program and delay completion.  Please contact an admissions counselor for more details.

The following links provide helpful information about the career outlook for accountants:

Financing your Edgewood College Degree
We have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education.  Our dedicated counselors will work with you to find creative solutions including tuition reimbursement plans, third party billing options, monthly payment plans, and help you navigate the federal financial aid process.  Whatever your situation, we will work with you to support your future.
For more information, please contact Edgewood Central at or call us at (608) 663-4300.


Admission Requirements

We encourage students to submit their application and admissions materials by the priority deadlines.  However, we will continue to accept applications on a continuous basis until the start of the semester.  Applications considered complete after the priority deadline can be considered for admission for the next session.

New students may enroll in the fall or spring semester. Please note our priority deadlines:

  • Spring Session I – January 1
  • Spring Session II – March 1
  • Summer Session – May 1
  • Fall Session I – August 1
  • Fall Session II – October I 

To be considered for admission, applicants must provide the following:

  1. Completed graduate application. This application is for students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, certificate, or take courses as a non-degree seeking student. The graduate application fee is waived for graduates of Edgewood College and for veterans.
  2. Official transcripts reflecting completion of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application.
    1. Transcripts must provide evidence of completion of the following 10 prerequisite courses or equivalent courses.  Students may complete foundation courses through the Edgewood College post-bacc in accountancy program prior to the start of the MSA program.
    • Micro-Economics or Macro-Economics
    • Business Law I
    • Cost Accounting
    • Statistics
    • Finance
    • Financial Accounting
    • Finite Math¹
    • Intermediate Accounting I²
    • Intermediate Accounting II²
    • Tax I²

    ¹Business calculus is also recommended and is a prerequisite for some of the electives in the MSA Program.
    ²Prerequisites must be taken at an accredited 4-year college or university.

  3. Contact information for two college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues who can speak to your potential for success
  4. A written statement explaining what you hope to gain from your participation in the program, what you bring to the program, and how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student.
  5. detailed resume evidencing at least 2 years of relevant professional experience.
  6. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a score of at least 430 or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) converted to a comparable GMAT score.  For more information on the GMAT, including test preparation and registration, please visit or call 1-800-717-4628.  The GMAT is NOT required if the applicant has a GPA of at least 2.5 overall or on the last 60 credits.

GMAT Fee Waiver
Applicants with financial need may qualify for a GMAT fee waiver.  GMAT fee waiver requests must be received by December 1.  For more information, please contact your admissions counselor.

International Students
International students are eligible to apply for the program.  To learn more about international student requirements, please click here.

Transfer Credits
You may submit up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past three years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

Career Outcomes

Whether you’re pursuing a career in the public, private, or not-for-profit sector, you’ll have the educational training, the work experiences and the networking opportunities to succeed.  Our curriculum provides a deep understanding of the complex and dynamic world of accounting, preparing you for careers in public accounting in audit and tax, private accounting, governmental and not-for-profit accounting. 

In addition to academic preparation, accounting faculty will encourage you to obtain valuable work experiences while you complete your accounting degree program.  Work experiences range from volunteer work such as in our Edgewood sponsored VITA program--to full or part-time internships in public or private accounting  -- to part-time corporate or not-for-profit work experiences.

Students and graduates of the MSA program lead positive growth in a variety of fields throughout Wisconsin and in some of the top companies in Madison.  Sample careers include:

Owner & CEO, Capital Accounting and Tax
Senior Auditor, CUNA Mutual Group
Accountant, MCD, Inc
Tax Staff, Plante Moran

Owner & CEO, Wilson Financial
Senior Accountant, UW Credit Union
Office Auditor, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Director of Finance and Operations, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Senior Financial Analyst, A.O. Smith
Senior Accountant, BDO
Financial Office Manager, Linville Architects
Staff Accountant, Culver Franchising System, Inc.
Auditor, Schenck CPAs


Edgewood College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  The MSA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
Phone: 312-263-0456  or 800-621-7440

  • Elizabeth-Heins-Van-der-Weide
    Edgewood College allowed me the opportunity to retool for an accounting career…  and worked with me to help achieve my goals.  When I decided to return to school, through the Adult College Completion and then the M.S. programs, I was guided in both course selection and course projects relevant to achieving my career goals.  I was challenged and encouraged in ways that allowed me to transition from student to accountant, knowing I was well prepared for my new career.
    Elizabeth Heins-Van der Weide, MSA, Staff Accountant, Wegner CPAs
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