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2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

Master of Accountancy

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The Master of Accountancy Program is intended to prepare people with an undergraduate degree in business, or those who have successfully completed the equivalent undergraduate foundation in accounting, for a career in the public accounting profession. This program prepares future certified public accountants (CPAs) to exercise their developed technical competence and interpersonal skills with integrity. The Master of Accountancy program also satisfies the widely adopted 150-hour educational requirement for certification and license as a CPA.

The program outcomes for the Master of Accountancy include the abilities to:

  • Think analytically and critically
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Apply concepts and principles to real world problems
  • Prepare for continuing professional development
  • Communicate with clarity and credibility
  • Act responsibly


Candidates must satisfactorily complete the 36 graduate credits, with an overall GPA of Saint Joseph’s College courses of 3.0 or higher.

About the Curriculum

The courses are intended to prepare accounting professionals with the knowledge and skills for effectiveness in practice, as well as, CPA exam success. The integrated interdisciplinary curriculum includes course work in Ethics, Leadership, and Accounting towards preparing its graduates for the next level in their career.


Courses are offered in five terms per year and are 10-weeks in length. This allows opportunity for students to engage and participate like they would in a traditional class but without the requirement of everyone being online at the same time or on the same day.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally / national accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Successful completion (B- / 2.7 GPA or better) of each of the following prior to graduate course (500 level and above) enrollment is required:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Introduction of Finance/Business Finance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Federal Tax (Individual)

Applicants must also submit a resume or work history to supplement their application and allow for a compressive evaluation that takes professional credentials into consideration.


Fast Track

Bachelor degree applicants who meet all of the admission requirements will be able to have up to 6-credits waived if they have earned at least a B in both Intermediate Accounting I & II in their undergraduate program, thus, obviating the need to take Financial Accounting & Standards I & II respectively. With waivers, students who elect to take two courses in each of the five ten week terms can complete the program in one year!

Learn more about the Fast Track to Master of Accountancy.

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