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Master of Accounting

Program Details

Designed with input from industry experts, WGU’s Master of Accounting degree program includes courses on accounting, management, finance, and strategy. This program prepares students to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and meets the 150 semester hours required to sit for the CPA exam in most states. Graduates of the M.S. Accounting program will be qualified to fill positions including accounting manager, internal audit manager, senior accountant, or bookkeeper. WGU’s Master of Accounting degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education. 

Online programs allow for unparalleled flexibility, so students can complete coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedule. Students also benefit from WGU's competency-based learning model, which makes it possible for them to potentially graduate faster by completing courses as quickly as they can prove mastery of the required material. Additionally, Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation.


This program consists of 10 total courses.

Admission requirements:

  • Transcript(s) verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution
  • Demonstrate accounting experience through at least one of the following methods: 
  • A bachelor's degree in accounting 
  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.
WGU is the first online university to receive NCATE accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 
WGU’s Health Informatics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). WGU's nursing programs are CCNE accredited  (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-867-6791).

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)