Program in Accounting Graduate School of Management Clark University

Program in Accounting Graduate School of Management Clark University

Worcester, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
June 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Master of Science in Accounting Program at Clark University

Companies are increasingly in need of accounting professionals to help them manage the complex demands of national and international business. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% growth in accounting and auditing positions through 2018.

Students in the Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) program at the Clark University Graduate School of Management -- the only program of its kind in Central Massachusetts -- acquire in-depth understanding of advanced accounting, auditing, and tax theories and practices. They are exposed to strong ethical business practices, and they gain experience with developing and analyzing accounting information, developing investment and tax strategies, and providing assurances of finance control and accuracy.

As a result, they graduate well-positioned to meet the growing demand for exceptionally-trained accounting professionals who understand the complexities of corporate accounting and financial management.

Preparation for the CPA Exam

The M.S.A. degree program curriculum has Level 1 approval from the Division of Professional Licensure at the Board of Public Accountancy. Therefore, students graduate with the educational requirements needed to sit for the CPA examination in Massachusetts.

M.S.A. Curriculum

The MSA program requires 10 units that include 5 core courses and 5 electives. In addition, two required foundation courses may be satisfied by prior coursework, or taken at Clark prior to starting program requirements. Students with extensive prior accounting coursework may substitute elective courses for waived core courses to meet the 10 course program requirement. The curriculum consists of the following 5 core courses: "Financial Accounting and Reporting I," "Financial Accounting and Reporting II," "Management Accounting," "Financial and Operational Auditing," and "Tax Strategies and Management Decisions," and elective courses in the areas of accounting, finance, management, and management information systems, as well as an internship option.

M.S.A. Program Delivery

The M.S.A. program is designed to meet the needs of full-time students and working professionals. For example, classes are offered in the evenings and can be taken at the university's campuses in Worcester and Southborough, Massachusetts, which is conveniently located between Worcester and Boston.

Furthermore, the program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. With adequate planning and sufficient course loads each semester, full-time students can complete the program in one year and part-time students can achieve their degree in two to three years

The Alternative Admissions Track (ALT) permits qualified part-time MSA applicants to submit an application without standardized test scores (GMAT or GRE). If accepted to the program based on other credentials, students may enroll in 4 course units, and will be exempt from the standardized test requirement entirely if a GPA of 3.25 or higher is earned in these preliminary units. Students must have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience to qualify, as well as a strong academic background.

M.B.A./M.S.A. Dual Degree Program

The dual Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Master of Science in Accounting program at Clark University provides comprehensive knowledge about accounting theory and application, as well as a broader base of essential business and strategic capabilities, such as leadership, decision-making, marketing, and operations.

Students in the dual-degree program complete 10 courses from the M.S.A. program and 9 to 12 courses from the M.B.A. program. The entire dual-degree program can be completed in 3 years of study.

The Graduate School of Management at Clark University

Accredited by AACSB International, the Graduate School of Management (GSOM) consists of a community of learners, researchers, and business professionals who are dedicated to preparing future business leaders.

"The Princeton Review" designated the school as one of the Best 294 Business Schools and the Aspen Institute ranked its M.B.A. program as one of the top 100 business programs worldwide.

Comprehensive Career Services at Clark University

Students in the M.S.A. program work closely with faculty who are leading theorists and industry consultants from around the world. In addition to completing coursework and internships, students may collaborate with professors on a variety of cutting-edge research projects.

All GSOM students at Clark University have access to the Stevenish Career Management Center, which provides a variety of networking, advising, and career search services such as resume and cover letter assistance; mentoring; workshops; and access to career fairs. The Stevenish Career Management Center also helps international students with issues related to cultural barriers and assimilation.

The Graduate School of Management at Clark University is home to several finance- and business-related graduate student organizations, such as the GSOM Student Council; the GSOM Finance Association; and Clark Women in Business.

Widely-Published Faculty Members

M.S.A. students learn from accomplished faculty members who are experts in their fields and highly regarded by their peers. They are researchers and knowledge creators who incorporate the most current theories and practices into classroom learning.

For example, Professor of Accounting Dileep G. Dhavale researches the use of financial information in managing manufacturing and service operations. His research has been published in several journals including the "Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory" and the "Journal of Management Accounting Research."

Dr. Insik Seol has also published his research regarding audit judgment, environmental auditing, and accounting education in several journals including the "Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences" and "Accounting, Organizations and Society."

Clark University

Established in 1887, Clark University was the first all-graduate institution in the country. Today, it is a renowned research university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs.

The university's 3,300 students acquire interdisciplinary, hands-on educations that incorporate social and human concerns on a global scale. As a result, students graduate ready to create positive change in the world.

Highly regarded for providing excellence in education, Clark University consistently receives top rankings from college guides like the "Fiske Guide to Colleges," "Forbes," "The Princeton Review," and "U.S. News and World Report."

Ideal Location

Clark University is located in Worcester, Massachusetts in the northeastern region of the United States. The city is 1 hour from Boston, Massachusetts and 3 hours from New York City, New York -- 2 of the nation's most vibrant cities. This thriving region offers students an abundance of educational, cultural, professional, and recreational options.

Location & Contact

Program in Accounting

Graduate School of Management
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

Dr. Catherine Usoff


Phone: 508-793-7543
Fax: 508-793-8822

Mr. Patrick Oroszko

Enrollment and Marketing Director

Phone: 508-793-7543
Fax: 508-793-8822

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Accounting Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 7
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


67% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 273
    • Accepted 183
    • Acceptance Rate 67
    • Enrolled 33
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT or GRE, statement of purpose, and resume, two letters of recommendation
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 577 paper-based; 90 iBT) or IELTS (minimum score 6.5)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students43
    • Female Percentage72%
    • Male Percentage28%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students43
    • Part-time Percentage26%
    • Full-time Percentage74%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian46%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown38%




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