Graduate Accounting Curriculum
The Masters in Accounting (MSA) program at Wake Forest University is a two semester program that requires 30 hours of graduate coursework with an optional third semester for students who would like to participate in a paid nine-week internship. The curriculum consists of 15 hours of required core coursework as well as track-specific and other elective courses (specific course options below).
Students who have not completed the prerequisite courses are required to complete them on the Wake Forest campus during the summer prior to beginning the program in August.
Choose from Three Career Tracks
- Assurance Services – For careers in the assurance/audit practice area. Courses include Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services; Forensic Accounting; and Negotiations.
- Financial Transaction Services – Unique to Wake Forest
For careers in the financial transaction and advisory services areas. Courses include Financial Markets, Products and Transactions; Advanced Financial Management; and Business Analysis and Valuation.
- Tax Consulting – For careers in the tax services practice area. Courses include Tax Research Methods; Tax Policy and Planning; and Mergers and Acquisitions.
* For official curricular details, complete course descriptions, and any potential electives, please refer to the current edition of the School of Business Graduate Student Handbook found on our Academic Services page.
CPA Exam Preparation
We know that a critical objective in earning your Masters in Accounting is passing the CPA exam!
The Wake Forest MSA program takes the CPA review seriously and has partnered with nationally recognized Becker CPA Exam Review to help you prepare. Our faculty facilitate the review sessions, which occur in May and June, after the second semester of the program. As a result, Wake Forest has earned the #1 pass rate in the nation 13 times since establishing the MSA program in 1997, according to the Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance – more than any other program in the nation over the past twenty years.
Paid Internship Option
A major benefit of the Wake Forest Masters in Accounting program is the professional internship — a nine-week paid position that provides real-world experience for those students in our three-semester program. Internships are offered in the spring semester, during the busy tax season, and are great for those who enter the MSA program without previous internship experience, or those who want to gain additional experience with a company prior to accepting a full-time offer. The MSA program has consistently placed 100% of students in rewarding internships, with most receiving multiple offers. Almost all of our students participating in this option receive full-time job offers from their internship experiences, as well as three hours of course credit.
Prerequisite Classes – offered Summer Semester
If you feel you may benefit from a refresher course or have not taken one or more of the pre-requisite classes during your undergraduate studies, we offer classes on the Wake Forest campus during the summer prior to beginning the program in August. The admission committee may require successful completion of summer prerequisites prior to full admission in the fall term.
Prerequisite Courses Include:
|Course Number||Course Title||Credit Hours||Dates|
|ACC 510||Principles of Financial Accounting||3.0||May 8 – May 19|
|FIN 510||Principles of Finance||3.0||May 23 – June 29|
|FIN 632||Intermediate Financial Management*||3.0||July 31 – August 18|
|ACC 520||Intermediate Accounting I||4.0||May 23 – June 29|
|ACC 530||Intermediate Accounting II||4.0||July 6 – August 11|
|ACC 540||Introductory Tax||3.0||July 6 – August 11|
* For two semester students who plan to pursue the Financial Transaction Services track.
Prerequisite courses are not considered graduate coursework and do not count towards the MSA degree requirement of 30 hours, with the exception of FIN 632.