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Fast Facts:

  • Earn your 30 credits and qualify to sit for the CPA in as few as 18 months*
  • AACSB Accredited—among the 1 percent of business schools worldwide to achieve both business and accounting accreditation
  • Depending on your educational and professional background, there are two unique programs to choose from
A A C S B AccreditationU S News and World Report Best Grad Schools - Business Part-Time M B A 2019Forbes Best Value College 2017The Princeton Review Best Business Schools 2018

The Difference Between the Two Degrees

Compare the Requirements

 Master of Science in Professional Accounting (M.S.P.A)Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.C.)
Who is best suited for this degree?

Individuals who have an undergraduate degree in accounting and are looking to advance their career by becoming a CPA.

Working professionals who either have a business or non-business undergraduate degree and who want to become a CPA.
What differentiates this program from others?The M.S.P.A. program allows students to select 18 of the 30 credits in electives to focus in your area of interest while also making it possible to sit for the CPA.*
The M.S.A.C. program provides an opportunity for students with little accounting coursework to qualify for the CPA and start a new career in a relatively short period of time.*
  • An emphasis on practical, hands-on activities, case studies and using SAP enterprise software to perform a simulated audit
  • Access to career center professionals who are dedicated to supporting students
  • A focus on preparing students for a successful career
RequirementsA minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GRE – Quant 152; Verbal 152 or the equivalent of 500 on the GMAT

GMAT/GRE Waiver Options: Alternative Admissions Criteria

Students may be eligible to bypass the GMAT/GRE requirement if they have:

  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher or
  • A graduate degree in any discipline, from an accredited academic institution or
  • Completion of a Stillman School of Business graduate certificate within the last 5 years with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher or
  • Successful completion of a professional certifying exam from the United States (e.g., CPA, CFA, etc.) or 5 years of significant professional, quantitative or entrepreneurial work experience, also referred to as the Alternate Route Admission Program
PrerequisitesAn undergraduate degree in accountingStudents without a business background will be required to complete a sequence of self-paced, prequalification courses that do not bear credit and can be completed more quickly online than traditional eight-week courses. Students can be waived from these courses based on prior coursework if conditions are met. Challenge exams are available.
How can I take classes?100% online. You’ll have specific assignment deadlines and test dates, but you can complete your online coursework on your schedule.
Is this program accredited?Yes. Both Seton Hall University online accounting programs are among the top 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have achieved both business and accounting accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Program duration18 months
Total credits30
Number of required credits1218
Number of elective credits1812
Cost per creditTuition costs $1,279 per credit hour for a total tuition cost of $38,370
CPA prep

* To sit for the CPA Exam in New Jersey, applicants must have completed at least 24 credit hours in accounting and taxation and at least 24 credit hours in non-accounting, business courses. These requirements can be satisfied by any combination of undergraduate and graduate credits. Applicants from other states should become familiar with their state’s individual CPA Exam requirements at www.nasba.org.

Learning outcomes
  • Develop strong financial accounting research skills
  • Build a foundation in the uniform commercial code
  • Develop the written communication, presentation, analytical and problem-solving skills needed for a successful accounting career
  • Gain exposure to basic areas of taxation for business entities and individuals
  • Study an array of advanced accounting topics, including international accounting, accounting information systems, financial statement analysis and other subjects
  • Learn to recognize and effectively respond to ethical issues you might confront in your accounting practice

An online graduate degree in accounting from Seton Hall University provides more than a practical CPA education. You will combine the flexibility of online learning and benefits of one-on-one attention with the specialized knowledge you need for continued advancement in your accounting career. Contact an Admissions Advisor at (844) 823-1198 to learn more or complete the form.

* To sit for the CPA Exam in New Jersey, applicants must have completed at least 24 credit hours in accounting and taxation and at least 24 credit hours in non-accounting, business courses. These requirements can be satisfied by any combination of undergraduate and graduate credits. Applicants from other states should become familiar with their state’s individual CPA Exam requirements at www.nasba.org.