The Master of Science in Accounting program is to prepare accounting students for management positions in accounting, The program will build on the knowledge and tools from the students’ undergraduate education, allowing them to achieve a greater degree of sophistication in accounting, auditing, and tax. The MS in Accounting degree will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to have successful careers in public and private accounting.
The completion of this 30-credit program will help students in meeting the 150 hour education requirement for eligibility for a Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant as provided in section 252 CMR 2.07(2)(a) of the Board of Public Accountancy.
Additional Admission Requirements
GPA: If an applicant has less than a 2.7 GPA, factors such as date other degree(s) earned, competitiveness of undergraduate institution or educational system, GMAT/GRE score, strength of letters of reference, and work experience may be taken into consideration.
Students will be evaluated for the three different tracks within the MS in Accounting program based on their prior degrees and/or courses in accounting and business. For all tracks, students applying for the MSA will be required to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 (overall) and a comparable GPA in accounting, or at least a 2.7 GPA in the Salem State undergraduate accounting certificate, and a GMAT score of at least 400 or a GRE score of at least 290. Furthermore, as a general rule, students will be required to attain a total score of at least 1,000 points when their GPA and GMAT or GRE score are substituted into the following formula: (GPA * 200) + GMAT or GRE. These minimal standards are not the only factors considered in making admission decisions.