Master of Science in Accounting Program in High Demand
November 17, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic did not dampen interest in Isenberg’s professional graduate accounting degree program: Enrollment in the Master of Science in Accounting program in fall 2020 passed 300 students for the first time.
The program’s growth since 2015, when only 40 students joined, stems in large part from the addition in 2017 of a groundbreaking transition program—an intensive four-course series created to give non-business majors and professionals a path of entry into the master’s program. Its popularity during the past year might also reflect the career reassessment many professionals have been doing since the pandemic disrupted their day-to-day work lives, particularly because the Isenberg MS in Accounting program can be completed either on campus or online, and it fulfills the Massachusetts educational requirements for CPA certification.
The MS in Accounting program also benefits from its two specialty focuses. The forensic accounting focus debuted in 2017, and includes elective courses in fraud investigation, auditing, and complex decision-making that support accountants in tracking patterns of financial transactions and identifying discrepancies. Courses are taught by highly experienced practitioners and researchers in the field of forensic accounting.
Graduate students can also specialize in taxation, a focus area first offered in 2020 that includes courses in partnerships, research, and state and local taxation. The taxation focus was developed in response to industry demand, after conversations with partners in the region’s leading accounting firms.