Master of Science in Accounting - Isenberg MSA at UMass Amherst


The Master of Accountancy degree program provides students with a greater understanding of accounting and business than is possible in an undergraduate program. The program prepares students for careers as professional accountants in financial institutions, government, industry, nonprofit organizations and public practice.

The Isenberg School of Management has received ongoing national recognition including:

  • Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts Amherst, #36 Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) (U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

The MSA program at the Isenberg School of Management requires 30 credits of graduate coursework which includes 6 required core classes and 4 elective classes. We developed the curriculum in close consultation with our Accounting Advisory Council and with feedback from our students. The Advisory Council is made up of alumni partners and executives who are strongly committed to our program. The knowledge you gain in the MSA program will be applicable to the CPA exam and your future career.

Learn more: To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now to the right, or visit the Isenberg Online website.

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is presently not accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Oregon.


Course registration for all Isenberg MSA Online courses is administered by UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education. 

Program Costs Amount
Cost per credit $800
Non-refundable Registration Fee per semester  $47
Late Reg. Fee per semester* $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30
Total for Course Cost*** $2,447 (800 x3crds. = 2,400 + 47 reg. fee per sem.)

*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled.

** applicable when checks returned unpaid.

*** Courses can vary from one to four credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course.

There is also a one-time $357 Graduate Entrance Fee, which is paid by all entering matriculated graduate students.


The Isenberg Master of Science in Accounting Program is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB- International). AACSB - International is the premier accrediting agency for business programs around the world. We have the distinction of having earned separate AACSB accreditation for our accounting department and programs – one of only 5 schools in New England. In fact, there are only 180 institutions in the world that hold AACSB Accreditation in accounting.

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).



The MS in Accounting program is designed for students that have an undergraduate degree in accounting. The degree must include, or be supplemented by, courses that provide a solid foundation in accounting and business. In general, this would require, at a minimum, 18 semester hours in accounting (to include financial reporting, managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing), and 24 semester hours in business related courses (to include information systems, economics, business statistics, finance, management, and marketing) completed at the undergraduate level.

Need Additional information?
For more information, please visit the Isenberg MSA website.

Financial Aid: 

To apply for graduate financial aid at UMass Amherst you only need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly called FAFSA. The Graduate Financial Aid office will use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal, state and university aid programs.

For more information, please contact:

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Financial Aid Services
243 Whitmore Administration Building
181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Office: 413-545-0801
Fax: 413-545-1700

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Jeanne Bagdon
Master's Degree
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