University of Hartford

The Barney School of Business

Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation Online



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Accounting and Taxation

Format: Online

Program Description:

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 on-line. 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:

  • AC 320-321-322 Financial Reporting Theory I-II-III
  • AC 332 Cost Management
  • AC 425 Federal Income Tax Concepts
  • AC 430 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. The specific required and elective courses are outlined below.


The Barney School is accredited by AACSB International -The Association to Advance Collegiate School

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL = 550 paper-based/213 computer-based/79-80 ibt IELTS = 6.5

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 794 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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