Accounting, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #748 (BCR) , NV,
The Master of Science in Accounting program (MSA) is designed to provide professional preparation at the graduate level for students wishing to pursue careers and advancement in taxation, public accounting, managerial or corporate accounting, and government.


Our graduate courses help students extend and integrate their accounting knowledge by building on the knowledge received in undergraduate programs. The MSA also provides the necessary course work for sitting for the CPA exam in Nevada and other 150-hour jurisdictions.

Students may pursue either a full-time or part-time course of study to complete the 30-credit program. Students need not have an undergraduate degree in accounting or business. However, those without the undergraduate coursework on which the program builds will be required to complete those courses in addition to the 30-credit program.

Pursuing a career in accounting can provide a lifetime of professional opportunities. Earning your MSA is an investment in yourself and your future.

Programme Structure

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the M.S. in Accounting program should have:

  • An advanced understanding of global accounting principles necessary to launch a career in accounting.
  • The ability to integrate information technology in addressing accounting issues.
  • The ability to communicate professionally.
  • An expanded understanding of the legal and ethical issues faced by the accounting profession.
  • Experience and skill in working collaboratively.
  • An understanding of the strategic role accounting plays in business organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Bachelor’s Degree – You must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an approved international equivalent.
  • Grade Point Average – You must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 (4.00=A) for your bachelor’s degree, or a minimum 3.00 (4.00=A) for the last two years (60 semester hours) of your bachelor’s degree.
  • Additional Requirements – Factors that may also be considered by the academic department to which you are applying include test scores (like the GRE or GMAT), the type of course work completed during undergraduate studies, letters of recommendation, writing samples or portfolios.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    21858 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21858 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    7948 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7948 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Las Vegas

  • 880 - 1430 USD/month
    Living Costs

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