Master of Science in Accountancy Program

#1 CPA Pass Rate - Masters in Accounting

Wake Forest students have earned the #1 CPA Pass Rate more often than any other school in the past 20 years.

STEM/OPT - Masters in Accounting

Employment opportunities for International students can be extended through STEM/OPT.

Strong Employment Outcomes

A dedicated career services team ensures our graduates are market ready and achieve strong employment outcomes.

Public Accounting Internship

An optional third semester available for students seeking a paid, nine-week public accounting internship.

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Top Accounting Firms Nationally

A history of being a ‘key’ recruiting school for top accounting firms nationally.

30% of our graduates are non-accounting majors

30% of our graduates are non-accounting majors, half of which are from the liberal arts or sciences.

Learn from outstanding teacher-scholars - Masters in Accounting

Learn from outstanding teacher-scholars who understand what it takes to succeed in the business world.

exclusive to Wake Forest's Masters in Accounting Program

Choose from FMT – Financial Markets & Transactions (exclusive to Wake Forest), Assurance Services, and Tax Consulting, based on your career interests.


Wake Forest University’s Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is recognized as one of the top programs in the country due to our world-class faculty, internship opportunities, and unmatched CPA pass rate success. This is a two-semester, 30-credit hour master’s degree program that begins in August and offers structured CPA Exam prep at the conclusion of the spring semester with graduation in May.

We also encourage non-accounting majors to apply. 30% of our graduates enter the program with majors other than accounting. With a 100% employment rate within three months, our reputation with top accounting firms benefits our students after graduation.

An optional third semester is available that includes the opportunity to pursue a paid internship—a major benefit of the Wake Forest Masters in Accounting program. This nine-week paid position provides real-world experience during the busy season. This is great for students who enter the program without previous internship experience or those who want to gain additional experience with a company prior to accepting a full-time offer.

Masters in Accounting Curriculum

Wake Forest offers career tracks in assurance services; financial transaction services (exclusive to WFU), and tax consulting. Classes in these specializations include Forensic Services, Business Analysis and Valuation, and Tax Policy and Planning.

Why earn an M.S. in Accountancy?

Our program has a proven history of teaching excellence, unmatched CPA pass rate performance, robust career services, and a strong reputation among leading firms. For first-time CPA test takers, our students pass at an 84.5% rate, over 30 percentage points higher than the national average. The nine-week internship during the optional third semester provides professional experience and pays an average of $10,000-$12,000. Our MSA program also offers numerous types of scholarships for qualifying students.

Accountants are always in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants is growing faster than the national average. Earning a master’s degree increases earning potential and makes you a more desirable candidate for accounting positions. Our internship program combined with our high CPA pass rate ensures that our graduates have successful careers.

The MBA Advantage

As an additional benefit of the Masters in Accounting program, Wake Forest MSA graduates have a head start in completing their Wake Forest MBA degree as part of the MBA Advantage. Graduates will receive credit for program courses that are substantially equivalent to Wake Forest MBA coursework when they return. Typically, candidates return to complete their MBA degree within five years of graduating from the Masters in Accounting program.

Earn your Accounting Master’s Degree at Wake Forest!

Wake Forest University’s Master of Science in Accountancy offers the best CPA pass rate in the country and a paid internship opportunity for each student. Come experience what Public Accounting Report named a top 25 master’s in accounting program in 2018. Interested in learning more? Request more information today!