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36 Credit Hours Required
$525 Cost Per Credit Hour
24 Months Time to Completion
100% Online Degree Program

Gain New Competencies to Advance Your Accounting Career

Deepen your knowledge of accounting principles and prepare to sit for the CPA exam with a 100% online Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree from the University of Saint Francis — a university that shares your values. USF’s MSA will expand your skill set with future-forward coursework that aligns with the CPA Evolution Model. Develop a strong core in accounting, auditing, tax and technology as you incorporate enhanced abilities in data analytics, data visualization and dashboards.

As an MSA student, you will benefit from USF’s long history of accounting expertise and graduate equipped with the skills and competencies needed for leadership roles within your organization.

Not an Indiana resident? A USF enrollment coach can help confirm that our program meets your state’s CPA requirements.

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Guided by Franciscan values, USF MSA graduates have a profound impact as they serve one another and foster peace and justice within their organization.

Taught by experienced business instructors, the MSA program is structured to help you balance life and school obligations. USF’s Virtual Campus has up to six start dates during the year, and courses are offered in short eight-week sessions. Add a concentration to customize your degree without increasing your cost or program length.

Graduates of the MSA program are prepared to:

  • Sit for the CPA Exam to gain licensure
  • Research and solve complex accounting problems using data analytics
  • Advise on tax planning and financial compliance to mitigate financial risk
  • Analyze financial data to make effective business decisions

MSA Program at a Glance

You must complete 36 credit hours to finish the MSA program: 27 core course credit hours and nine credit hours in a concentration of your choice to customize your degree without increasing cost or program length.

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$525 per credit

(2021–2022 academic year)

Save time—and money—through transfer credits and financial aid.

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Potential Careers

  • Financial Analyst
  • Controller
  • Accounting Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Tax Manager

National Median Salary

Accountants and Auditors

$73,560

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Projected New Jobs

Accountants and Auditors

96,000

Projected growth from 2020–2030
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021


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Meet Your Program Director

Dr. Robert Lee

Dr. Lee joined USF in 2009 after a decade as Treasurer of Allen County, Indiana. His embrace of technology and modern management techniques led to record-level interest income for the county then, as well as USF business graduates equipped with future-focused skills now.

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration with a specialty in Advanced Accounting, Northcentral University
  • MBA, Ball State University
  • BS in Finance, Ball State University

Support Services at the University of Saint Francis Help Online Students Like You

Dedicated Success Coach

Each online student at the University of Saint Francis is assigned an experienced success coach. Your coach can assist you with resources to complete class projects, help you get in touch with instructors and staff, and connect you with career services.

Smarthinking Tutoring Service

Need a little extra help? Smarthinking is accessible online and offers video tutorials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Live tutoring or writing sessions are available for any degree program every Sunday through Thursday.

USF Mentoring Program

Find and connect with a USF alumni and receive one-on-one mentoring in your career or program. Create your profile, get matched, schedule meeting times, and attend training workshops. The program is free and completely online.

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“At USF, my professors’ teaching forced me to think about who I was and wanted to be. I found a university that equips me to go out into the world and do something.

— Rachel Klein, Master of Organizational Leadership Graduate

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