A decision that will pay dividends

  • Our program can be delivered online to accommodate the working professional or on campus for the full time student.
  • Prepare for a career in public accounting, industry, government, or not-for-profit organizations.
  • A tax concentration is available for students interested in specializing in taxation accounting.
  • A financial reporting and assurance concentration is available for students interested in specializing in areas such as corporate financial reporting and analysis, assurance service, and consulting.
  • Our CPA exam pass rates are above the national average and we offer intensive CPA review courses to help students prepare.
  • The program is flexible and can be customized to meet your career goals.

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Find your career here.

Graduates of the MSA program work in positions such as:

Assurance Associate | Tax Associate | Staff Accountant | Financial Analyst | Corporate Tax Analyst | Financial Reporting Associate

For organizations such as:

BRC | Breslow Starling | DHG | Dodson, Shelton & Nelson | HanesBrands Inc. | KPMG | Leeper, Kean & Rumley | Lincoln Financial | PwC | RSM | SmithLeonard | VF Corporation | Volvo | Unifi

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Stand out from other CPAs with a graduate degree

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.

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Alumni Testimonials

From anchors away to accounting success

Whether on the ocean or in the office, Robbie Gaines (BS ’10, MSA ‘11) has always given back to his community. Here he continues his commitment to service by sharing his story as well as career-development tips for students and young professionals.

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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.

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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.

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Career Preparation

CPA firms actively recruit spring and summer interns from our program.

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Career Connections

Employers actively recruit our students for both internships and full-time positions. Our Fall 2022 “Meet the Firms” event included representatives from 19 employers, including those from public accounting and industry.

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Award Winning Faculty

Study taxation with a professor who has received multiple awards from the NC Association of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Learn more about Dr. Bill Harden!

Accelerated Master's Program

Fast-track your graduate degree with the Bryan School’s Accelerated Master’s Programs (AMP). Finish your master’s in as little as one year by receiving dual credit for graduate level courses as an undergraduate student.

Applicants are not required to take the GMAT or GRE entrance exams for enrollment.

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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.
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Program Costs

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.
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Benefits for Military-Affiliated Students

UNCG has been named both Best for Vets and a Military Friendly School. We’re a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and are proud to offer a variety of benefits for veterans, active-duty military, and military-affiliated students, such as:

  • Online application fee waiver for active-duty service members
  • In-state tuition for out-of-state students (in accordance with the Veterans Choice Act)
  • Credit for relevant military service/training
  • Tutoring assistance

For more information on UNCG Military-Affiliated services and benefits, visit military.uncg.edu.

Have Questions?

If you still have questions regarding our MA in Accounting Program please reach out to our graduate recruitment team by phone or email. You may also schedule a time to meet with one of our recruiters or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Jennifer Chapman

Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
Bryan 301K Jennifer-BryanGrad@uncg.edu 336-256-1432

Ms. Savannah Martin

Graduate Recruitment Specialist
301F Bryan Building Savannah-BryanGrad@uncg.edu 336-334-4657

Mr. Jess Bankhead

MSA Program Director & Academic Advisor
Bryan342 jmbankhead@uncg.edu