The University of Hartford, Barney School of Business offers a variety of programs for students seeking advanced education in the fields of Accounting and Taxation. Students can earn the master’s degree in as few as seven months, or at their own pace, and meet the 150-hour CPA licensing requirement.

Our programs are taught by full-time resident faculty and adjunct faculty who have a wealth of knowledge in the field. Students can choose from online and in-class options and our rolling admissions process allows new students to enroll in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

For students seeking certificate programs, our accounting certificate provides students who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than accounting the opportunity to take a series of essential undergraduate accounting courses. Students with a master’s degree in accounting, a JD degree, or who are current CPAs may take a series of graduate taxation courses in the Post-Graduate Taxation Certificate program.

Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation – Financial/Assurance and Taxation Tracks

The MSAT program is designed for students who seek to develop or advance a career in professional accounting or taxation in industry, public accounting, government, or not-for-profit organizations. The program of study meets the needs of students with undergraduate degrees in accounting who wish a fifth year of study to meet CPA licensing requirements, as well as those students with non-accounting or nonbusiness undergraduate degrees. This program offers a traditional course format in the evening that can be done at one’s own pace. In addition, many of the required classes are taught online. The MSAT program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The length of time to complete the program can be as little as 7 months and up to 5 years. Students may adjust their schedule based on their needs, however, students are generally expected to complete the degree within 5 years of starting the program.

MSAT prerequisites

Applicants must produce evidence of successful completion of two semesters of introductory accounting. Applicants without the introductory accounting courses will be required to take MBA 612 Accounting Concepts. In addition to the introductory accounting requirements, applicants must present evidence of the completion of the following basic accounting core courses that are traditionally taught as part of an undergraduate accounting major or equivalent:

  • Financial Reporting Theory I-II-III
  • Cost Management
  • Federal Income Tax Concepts
  • Auditing Concepts and Problems

Students without the prerequisites will complete the courses as part of the program. Undergraduate courses must be taken at an institution that grants a baccalaureate degree in accounting and is regionally accredited. Undergraduate courses will be billed at undergraduate rates.


The MSAT program offers two tracks. The first track is designed for those students who are interested in careers in financial and assurance services. The courses in this track contain information that is of particular interest to the public financial reporting and assurance services functions. The taxation track is designed for students who are interested in careers in taxation both within public accounting and in industry.

Degree requirements normally constitute 30 credit hours of specified courses, including five accounting courses and five open business elective courses beyond the requirements for an undergraduate accounting major.

100% Online MSAT Taxation Track

If you are from outside the Greater Hartford area or are looking for an Online Masters of Science in Accounting and Taxation program with a focus in Taxation, the 100% Online MSAT Program may be right for you!

The 100% Online Taxation Track program is offered in conjunction with our traditional MSAT program giving students the opportunity to complete their entire program online. Students take their required taxation courses and selected elective classes in the Virtual Campus in a condensed 6 or 7-week time frame that allows busy professionals the opportunity to schedule courses around their work schedules. Students also have the ability to choose from a wide array of electives offered online by the Barney School of Business to tailor the program to meet their specific needs. Students who live in the Greater Hartford area are welcome to take some courses in the classroom during convenient evening hours, if they choose, offering students the ultimate in flexibility!

Our 100% Online Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation – Taxation Track is designed for those who seek to develop or advance a career in taxation in industry, public accounting, or government. Coursework focuses on taxation and attracts a broad range of students from recent undergraduates taking coursework to qualify for the CPA Exam -- to mid-career individuals seeking to broaden their education in taxation -- to well-experienced professionals in both public accounting and private companies.


Students must take 5 required courses in taxation and may choose their 5 electives from a selection of accounting, management, finance, marketing, and MBA courses. Students have 5 years to complete the 30 credits of graduate work.

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