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Master's Degree in Accounting

Why Earn Your Accounting Degree at Saint Leo University?

Saint Leo's Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program provides an in-depth study of advanced accounting principles to prepare you to pass the CPA and CMA exams.

When recruiters look for talent, the first factor they consider is education. Saint Leo's Accounting faculty has worked hard to differentiate the program and hold students to a higher standard of excellence.

Whether you're looking to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accounting (CMA) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Saint Leo's MSA degree will help you earn the required 150 hours for licensure, and master challenging concepts, including auditing, financial statement analysis, cost accounting and forecasting.

Saint Leo University offers a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree program to meet the needs of graduate students and working professionals. The program encourages students to expand their professional competencies, particularly in the field of accounting, within and beyond the classroom. 

Learning Experience:
Campus Education Center Online
Est. Time to Complete:
2 years
Credit Hours:
36 hours
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Master of Science in Accounting Program Details

In the Saint Leo University MSA program, students will gain an in-depth understanding of accounting that is not possible in an undergraduate accounting program. The program is designed to meet the increasing needs of public accounting, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. The program is also designed to satisfy the additional requirements needed to sit for the CPA examinations.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your accounting degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering accounting degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • What can you do with an accounting degree?

    The curriculum prepares students for the CPA and CMA exams, and also to enter careers in public accounting, corporations, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations.



    Chief Financial Officer


    Financial Analyst

    IRS Investigator


    Forensic Accountant


    Tax Accountant

What are the top accounting degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Accountants and Auditors 7% (As fast as average) $73,560 per year $35.37 per hour
Financial Managers 17% (Much faster than average) $134,180 per year $64.51 per hour
Financial Analysts 6% (As fast as average) $83,660 per year $40.22 per hour

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo accounting graduates now? 

  • Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC)
  • Entegra Power Group
  • United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

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  • Saint Leo University’s Donald R. Tapia College of Business provides a values-centered education that develops tomorrow’s business leaders. Our students create a personal legacy of character and integrity, developing into responsible global citizens ready to contribute to society across numerous fields. As the largest Catholic business College in the U.S., students find flexible degree program options at University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

From associate to doctoral offerings, our accredited degree programs infuse student-centered teaching, future-paced research, entrepreneurial leadership, and professional networking opportunities. Students publish papers in esteemed academic journals, present original research at national conferences, and travel around the world to learn about the complexities of overseas markets. Faculty bring decades of practical experience to the coursework, ensuring students are on the cutting edge of their desired field to achieve career success.

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