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Master of Accounting

Learn specialized skills to protect your organization

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.

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*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.

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Degree
  • Master of Accounting
Concentrations

Quick Info

1
Week Residency

Visit campus for culminating experience

15
Students

Maximum number per class

15-21
Months

Average time to program completion

7
September

First start date

10
August

Application deadline

Why Norwich

  • 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).

Accreditation and Recognition

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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.).

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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.

 


Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Achievement Scholarship

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.

 

Accounting Curriculum

Accounting Curriculum

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.

Core Courses

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.

Residency

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.


Admissions

At a Glance

  • No GMAT or GRE required
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or better preferred

Admissions Requirements »

Eligibility Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by WES, IERFSpanTran, or CED.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) is required.*
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.*
    • The applicant holds a baccalaureate or master’s degree from a college/university/institution in which the primary language of instruction was English.

Please Note:  All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understand (MOUs). If applicants do not have the proper accounting or business background/experience, preparatory courses in finance, economics and/or statistics may be required prior to enrolling in the Master of Accounting program.

Application Process

We encourage you to contact an admissions advisor (see below) if you need help at any stage of the application process. You will be required to submit the following items:

  • Application form
  • Resume that includes 3 professional references with contact information
  • Official transcript of your undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university
  • Letter of intent
  • Proof of English language proficiency if applicable (TOEFL)

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.

To contact an admissions advisor:

Phone: 802-962-4330

Contact Admissions

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Extended hours available by appointment

Call: 1-802-962-4330
Email: onlineadmissions@norwich.edu

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    Transfer Credits
    A 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.
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    International Admissions
    Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all the steps in the admission process.
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    Norwich Alumni Benefits
    Reconnect 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.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.


Tuition & Fees

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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

2021-22 Tuition and Fee Schedule

Rate Per Credit
Term
Tuition
Additional Expenses Total
$850
$5,100
  • Technology - $300/term
  • Library - $75/term
  • Graduation - $150/one time
$27,525 (advanced track); $37,725 (full track)

Careers & Outcomes

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:

  • Auditors
  • Financial Planners
  • Financial Managers
  • Accountants
  • 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions

For what types of jobs would the Master of Accounting prepare students?

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.

Do you have to choose a concentration before starting the MACC program?

Prospective students must select a concentration before beginning the program. However, the Program Director may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. 

Will the MACC help with gaining the CPA credential?

The MACC coursework is designed to help fulfill the 150-hour requirement for the Uniform CPA Examination.

Are scholarships available?

Norwich University offers several scholarships. They are awarded based on merit, talent, or financial need. Learn more about available scholarship opportunities.

Are there tuition discounts?

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. 

Does Norwich accept transfer credits?

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.