The Babson College master’s degree in accounting program offers the same expertise that has enabled Babson to earn global recognition for its innovative curriculum and its focus on entrepreneurship.
More than simply meeting the CPA requirements, the program’s innovative curriculum and outstanding faculty prepare graduates for public accounting careers in a dynamic and global profession. Graduates gain technical accounting knowledge while also developing skills immediately applicable to their careers – written and oral communication skills, entrepreneurial thinking, ethics and professional responsibilities, and global and multicultural issues.
Our integrated curriculum is a 30-credit master’s program with all courses required to be taken at Babson. Students are enrolled full-time during the summer and participate in an 18-credit core.
The 18-credit integrated core enables students to study advanced level accounting in the same way it will be applied in the profession – as part of a dynamic and global business world, linked to the core functions of business enterprises. Throughout the summer, leading experts from Babson’s full-time accounting faculty will guide students through topics that include:
• Professional ethics, responsibilities and liability in accounting
• International accounting
• Financial analysis
• Strategic business and tax planning
• Accounting information systems
• Government and not-for-profit accounting
• Business writing for managers
• Business and technical presentations
In addition to the summer core and one three-credit elective in entrepreneurship, a variety of flexible options exist to complete the remaining nine credits of required electives. In addition to the offerings of the Babson Evening MBA Program, specialized blended learning options for MSA students will be offered. These courses combine occasional visits to campus for weekend classroom experiences with online learning. Students may also participate in international off-shore electives that provide specific options for MSA students. For example, MSA students may travel to Ghana, West Africa for two weeks during January, gaining hands-on exposure to accounting in a global environment as part of an existing off-shore elective that works with small businesses and accounting professionals in the area.
In additional to taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), typical entrants in the Babson MSA Program have completed coursework in intermediate accounting 1 and 2, auditing, tax accounting, and advanced managerial/cost accounting. The majority of admitted students have accumulated a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, equivalent to a B average.