Master of Accountancy

Master of Accountancy

Are you an analytical kind of person? Do you have a natural interest in "money matters," including the ways in which companies determine their profitability and their overall financial standing? Would you like to be knowledgeable in the "language of business?" If so, you should give serious consideration to the accounting major - particularly the accounting major at The University of Scranton.

About

Accounting is the recording and control of financial information in order for entities to make informed business decisions. This program develops the skills needed for the student to advance to senior levels within public accounting, industry and government agencies.

Why Accountancy is in Demand:

  • Accounting is known as the “language of business” and provides an excellent foundation for future senior-level positions. Many CEOs started their career in accounting roles.  
  • The job outlook for accountants and auditors is expected to grow 13% from 2012-2022 according to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook)
  • The demand for flexible, high quality accounting education at the masters level is at an all-time high and is expected to continue growing at a rapid rate.
  • Data from CareerBuilder.com shows that business is the number one college major most in demand today. In particular, accountants have historically been in high demand during all kinds of economic cycles.
  • AICPA research shows 43,252 accounting graduates were hired in 2014 and 91% of public accounting firms forecast continual growth. (Source: AICPA.org)

Is it for me?

  • Are you interested in a career in business?
  • Are you an analytical person?
  • Do you have a strong work ethic?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Master of Accountancy

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Nationally Recognized.   The University's accounting program is ranked #31 in U.S. News & World Report's national lists of business programs by specialty, based on peer review scores. In addition, our Kania School of Management has been included in The Princeton Review’s “Best Business Schools" for ten consecutive years.
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Outstanding reputation.   Scranton's Kania School of Management is accredited by AACSB-International, setting the gold standard for business school accreditation. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide hold this prestigious distinction.
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Proven results.   In 2011, the University placed second in Pennsylvania in the state CPA test for alumni holding master's degrees and we are consistently ranked at the top. In addition, 90 to 100% of our graduating class obtains full-time employment each year and the Big Four accounting firms regularly recruit our students, which is uncommon with today’s online recruiting practices.
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Teaching is our #1 priority.   Our faculty includes world-class researchers whose scholarship is published in the most prestigious academic journals. However, they are first and foremost teachers who care about your academic and professional success as well as your personal wellbeing. They have a true passion for teaching, as evidenced by their numerous teaching awards.
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Active engagement of executive alumni   You’ll find Scranton accounting alumni holding prominent positions at the Big Four accounting firms. This powerful network provides tremendous access for employment opportunities.

Your parents may remember the popular 1980s sitcom Cheers whose theme song was ‘Where Everybody Knows Your Name.’ That’s how I would describe our close campus community at Scranton. You're not going to get lost here. We know students by their first names and provide a high level of individual attention.

-Douglas Boyle, D.B.A., CPA
Associate Professor and Department Chair

  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    Students will gain extensive knowledge in the field of accounting and understand the manner in which accounting information is generated and disseminated.

    We’ll prepare you to:
    • Hone advanced technical skills demanded in senior level positions
    • Be an accounting professional with a high level of integrity and interpersonal skills
    • Handle post-SOX regulations and ethical responsibilities
    • Leverage accounting knowledge and skills to solve business problems
    • Make strategic financial decisions
    • Obtain your CPA and other professional certifications

    Internships:

    Although internships are not required, they are an excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door at one of the prestigious Big Four accounting firms. Recent graduates have worked at the following companies:

    • Bank of America
    • Ernst & Young
    • KPMG
    • McGrail, Merkel, Quinn and Associates
    • Baker Tilly
    • Sanofi Pasteur
    • Viacom
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Live Nation Inc.
    • The McGraw-Hill Companies
    • PwC
    • VITA - University of Scranton
  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    Accountants are employed in a wide variety of fields and industries. For example, there are accountants working in industry, government and non-profit organizations.

    Business is constantly changing and The University of Scranton is committed to ensuring our students are prepared for the opportunities of tomorrow. Based on employer and student feedback, we introduced new courses in governmental and non-profit accounting in fall 2014. Strong learning outcomes are guaranteed at Scranton.

    This program enables students to meet the 150-hour credit hours required by various states for the CPA exam, while also providing them with the ability to hone their skills in specific areas like financial accounting, auditing, fraud examination and others. It also provides students with the opportunity to engage in coursework in an online format, thus enabling them to pursue employment opportunities while simultaneously completing the degree.

    To view the curriculum for this program, please click here.

    We prepare you for what you're going to face in the real world.

    -Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., CPA
    Associate Professor and Department Chair

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    At The University of Scranton, our goal is to not only teach accounting but to put it into a clear and very meaningful context. Yes, accounting involves reading, understanding, and preparing profit and loss statements, but it is more than one-dimensional in purpose and practice. Business needs to be viewed in terms of the impact on the community and society at large.

    There have been too many corporate accounting scandals in recent years from WorldCom to Enron to Bernie Madoff. It begs reflection, which happens to be a key tenet of Jesuit education. How did things end up so badly? The impact was felt much further than shareholders and employees. It contributed, in part, to a defining moment for your generation – the Great Recession.

    As a Jesuit institution, we place the highest importance on ethical behavior. While many business schools have woven ethics into their curriculum just recently in response to these business scandals, the Jesuits have been teaching ethics for more than 400 years.

    Through case studies, you have an opportunity to learn where things went horribly wrong and how you, as Millennials, can put business on the right path again. Through our Accounting Professionals Council, you will immerse yourself in hypothetical scenarios, preparing you to respond to grey areas and ethical dilemmas that come up in business.

    Beyond the classroom, students have the opportunity to participate in service learning. One example of how students are making a difference is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for low-income families, which is offered by The University of Scranton in partnership with local human service organizations. Our accounting students have participated in the VITA program for more than 20 years, helping families become more financially stable and economically independent. Read more about Scranton students’ volunteer work with VITA here

Careers

Where will Accountancy Take Me?

  • Someone working in accountancy leadership may support a number of job functions including financial advisory services, consulting, growth enterprise, taxes, audits, and more.
  • Those working in accountancy leadership roles may work in a variety of professional environments, including the Big Four accounting firms: Deloitte LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, and KPMG.
  • Graduates may also work for regional and local public accounting firms with a focus on advancing the financial growth of these organizations.
  • Our alumni work at all levels in public accounting, public and private companies and government agencies.
  • Many of our alumni who serve in senior executive roles provide outstanding career mentoring and internship/job placement opportunities.

Employment:

Companies that have hired recent accounting graduates span a wide range of industries and include:

  • BBD Investment Management Group
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Grant Thornton
  • J.P. Morgan
  • KPMG
  • McGrail, Merkel, Quinn and Associates
  • Baker Tilly
  • PwC
  • SEI Investments 

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

One of the many things students tell us they love about Scranton is that our dedicated faculty and staff are very active in helping them achieve their career goals. As you walk across campus, you’ll often see students chatting with professors over coffee to bounce ideas.

Whether it’s advising or providing letters of references, faculty and staff make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level. That deep level of understanding means that our experienced instructors are not only top teachers and strong researchers, but also advocates for you professionally. 

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Accounting Department
Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., C.P.A., C.M.A.
Department Chair
(570) 941-5436
douglas.boyle@scranton.edu