Set yourself apart
Stand out from other CPAs with a graduate degree
If you’re interested in obtaining your CPA license and working in public accounting or industry, the Bryan School’s MS in Accounting (MSA) may be the right program for you.
We accept students into our program from varied academic and professional backgrounds. You need not have earned a bachelor’s in accounting prior to admittance. If you are contemplating changing careers and entering the high demand field of accounting, the UNCG MSA offers the flexibility and career connections that you need.
The mission of the MSA program is to provide an opportunity for students to pursue intensive studies in accounting and related subjects. Through our exclusive internship program, career services support, and hands-on learning in the classroom, the program provides students with a foundation for successful careers in public accounting and industry.
The MSA program also serves as the department’s primary vehicle for preparing students to seek qualifications such as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). All students will complete advanced financial accounting, taxation and auditing courses as part of the program.
Tuition, costs and financial aid.
We charge tuition and fees based on a sliding scale, dependent on the classification of your courses as graduate or undergraduate and the number of credit hours you are enrolled for.Apply Now Financial Aid
The recipe for a successful accounting career
After completing his BS in Business Administration and Accounting at East Carolina University in 2016, Brian Kearns returned home to the Piedmont Triad to begin graduate work in accounting at the Bryan School. At first, he was concerned about not knowing anyone in the program – that soon changed.
“The Bryan School is a welcoming community and has the ideal combination of personable professors who have practical work experience and in-depth knowledge in the fields they’re teaching. There is also a strong recruiting process here,” he explains. “I chose the Bryan School because I’m from High Point and I plan to settle and work in Greensboro, so I wanted to make professional connections here. There are plenty of social events with local firms so that we have multiple opportunities to interact and can get to know local accounting professionals.”
Investing in the future
Emily Batchelor is no stranger to hard work. Currently a Masters of Accounting (MSA) student at the Bryan School of Business, she is also employed full time as a financial analyst at Pace Communications. Early on, she began laying the stepping stones to a successful accounting career. As a teen, Batchelor helped out at her parents’ automotive shop with invoicing clients and accounting duties, eventually earning some real-life business experience.
Soon after, she began college and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She decided to pursue an MSA instead of an MBA because, “I wanted to learn more depth of knowledge about the field of accounting,” she says. She chose the MSA program because it seemed like a natural evolution from the undergraduate program, and to help her progress in her job at the time at Breslow Starling CPAs. She will graduate with her MSA in December 2018.
“The grad level accounting classes really helped to prepare me for the CPA exam, especially the audit and government accounting classes,” she explains. “I couldn’t have learned this information anywhere else. It was incredibly helpful to ask the professors questions.” She earned her CPA license in the summer of 2016.
Professional success rests on a solid foundation
Morgan Perry (MSA ’13) is an Audit Manager at Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) in High Point. Before advancing to her current position, she worked as an assurance associate and senior associate following her internship at DHG as an assurance intern while in graduate school.
Perry works with construction clients to provide the best possible service on audits and reviews, and provides support on tax and IT issues. A key part of her job is building relationships and she is often on site, working shoulder to shoulder with her clients. “I typically spend several weeks at the client office to understand what drives their business. No day or week is ever the same because we’re always working on different issues,” Perry explains.
The rigorous coursework at the Bryan School provided a solid foundation for the realities of the accounting profession.
Information on our process and requirements.
Applications are accepted at any time during the year and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and satisfy all general admission requirements of the UNCG’s Graduate School. Applicants completing their undergraduate degrees may apply for admission in their senior year.Admissions