Worcester, MA
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AACSB-Accredited Master of Science in Accounting Program

At Clark University's Graduate School of Management (GSOM), students will learn essential business and accounting skills that propel their professional career in a field where job opportunities continue to grow.

The school is committed to preparing students to take on increasingly complex accounting and financial responsibilities in today's global economy. Further, they have a strong commitment to the Principles for Responsible Management Education, integrating ethics, sustainability, and social responsibility into their research and teaching.

Preparation for the CPA Exam

If one's goal is to become a certified public accountant, their M.S.A. program curriculum has Level 1 approval from the Division of Professional Licensure at the Board of Public Accountancy. Students graduate with the educational requirements needed to sit for the CPA examination in Massachusetts.

M.S.A. Curriculum

Requirements: Two waivable foundational courses and 10 other course - six core courses and four electives. If any core courses are waived, they are replaced with electives.

Curriculum: After taking core accounting courses to learn foundational financial skills, students can choose more advanced courses to build a deeper and broader knowledge base. Classes emphasize putting skills into practice. Students conduct in-depth case studies and group projects based on real accounting scenarios. A required internship provides valuable, relevant experience that will enhance students' job prospects upon graduation.

Sample courses include:

  • Management Accounting 
  • Financial and Operational Auditing 
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Federal Taxation

M.S.A. - Full-time and Part-time Options

The M.S.A. program gives students the flexibility to complete their degree at their own pace, as either a full-time or part-time student. Motivated students can earn the degree within one year if certain requirements are met.

  • Two start dates a year: September or January
  • Accelerated and summer classes are offered
  • Classes offered at the Worcester campus or the Southborough campus, which is conveniently located between Worcester and Boston.

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

The Clark Graduate School of Management offers a dual MBA and Master's in Accounting program, allowing students to earn two degrees in less time than it would take to earn the degrees individually. Students will learn the advanced business management skills they need to lead businesses of any size, while at the same time gaining the required knowledge and skills to sit for their CPA examination.

Students in the dual-degree program typically complete 21.5 units, including the required courses of both the M.B.A. and M.S.A. programs.

Comprehensive Career Services for Students

Whether interested in career advancement in a current company, changing industries, or moving into an accounting position for the first time, their students work closely with a dedicated career support team in the Stevenish Career Management Center housed within GSOM.

Both the school's full- and part-time accounting students are offered personalized services throughout their time, including professional development, internship assistance, and networking events. Their staff partners with students during their time to guide them in achieving their professional goals.

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 the Clark Women in Business group. These organizations host numerous academic and extra-curricular events throughout the year for students to enjoy.

Accessible and Accomplished Faculty Members

All classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants. They are highly regarded experts in their fields and scholar-practitioners with significant experience in leadership, marketing, finance, and corporate social responsibility. Their faculty are also actively engaged in work that contributes to the theory, practice, and teaching of business management. They publish in prestigious journals, including:

  • Journal of Marketing Research
  • Journal of Consumer Research
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Information Technology and Management

Students will find GSOM faculty to be enthusiastic, highly accessible, and eager to provide them with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Students enjoy the small class sizes because of the personal attention and professional insights they gain from the faculty.

Student Professional Development and Engagement

Thanks to the Hausrath fund, which was established by alumnus, William Hausrath `53, to support student development, M.S.A. students can use funds to take part in educational opportunities and professional development on and off campus, including finance conferences in Boston, New York, or even across the country.

In addition, the Graduate School of Management is home to several finance- and business-related graduate student organizations, including the GSOM Student Council, the GSOM Finance Association, and Clark Women in Business.

Financial Aid

The Graduate School of Management offers generous merit-based tuition scholarships to qualified students. Competitive candidates for scholarships have strong academic credentials, test scores, leadership abilities and potential for professional success. All GSOM students can apply for graduate assistantships, which pay hourly wages for providing teaching and/or research support to faculty.

About the Graduate School of Management at Clark University

The Graduate School of Management (GSOM) at Clark University is an academically rigorous business school that offers a personal, collaborative, and supportive learning environment. All classes are taught by scholar-practitioner faculty who are passionate about mentoring, sharing their professional and academic experience, and assisting them in their professional goals. Students are proud to be part of a university of consequence--where students pursue their passions with the knowledge that they can make a difference in the world.

GSOM distinguishes itself with:

AACSB Accreditation. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, which is earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business schools.

A Prestigious Research University. Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university with a distinguished academic and research pedigree. Nationally ranked in numerous categories each year, Clark has also twice ranked as one of the nation's top 20 most entrepreneurial schools by Forbes.

Notable Recognition. The Graduate School of Management is regularly distinguished by The Princeton Review as a "Best Business School," as well as a U.S. News and World Report ranking in 2015 for its part-time MBA program. Past rankings have also included a NetImpact "Top 50 School for Environmental Sustainability," placing it among the world's best business schools to study and research sustainability and related issues.

PRME Signatory Status. GSOM is a proud signatory to the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which strengthens their commitment to education, research, and collaboration that fosters sustainable social, economic, and environmental change.

Top East Coast Location. GSOM is located in historic Worcester, Massachusetts, the second largest city in the New England region of the United States. Worcester, a city of approximately 180,000 residents, offers the intimacy of a small town and the resources of a big city. Plus, it's only an hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and 3 hours from New York City. This places students in close proximity to a myriad of cultural, educational, employment, and entertainment opportunities.

About Clark University

Clark University is home to approximately 3,000 undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students. Clark is a liberal arts-based research university with a distinguished academic and research pedigree, as well as a national leader in cultivating an educational environment characterized by collaboration, creativity, intellectual daring, and the capacity and determination to bring about real, transformative global change.

Location & Contact

Program in Accounting

Graduate School of Management
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

Dr. Priscilla Elsass


Phone: 508-793-7543
Fax: 508-793-8822
Email: pelsass@clarku.edu

Yingying Chen

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 508-793-7373
Fax: 508-798-4386
Email: graduateadmissions@clarku.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Accounting Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 35
    • 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? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 238
    • Accepted 180
    • Acceptance Rate 75
    • Enrolled 15
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 15th April 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
  • 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 required, 575 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students0
    • Female Percentage0%
    • Male Percentage0%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students0
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown or International StudentNot Reported



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