Masters in Accounting Curriculum

Wake Forest University’s M.S. in Accountancy curriculum features a robust selection of courses including three distinct tracks—assurance services, financial transaction services, and tax consulting. This program is two semesters and requires 30 hours of graduate coursework with an optional third semester for students who would like to participate in a paid nine-week internship.

Students who have not completed the foundational coursework are required to complete them on the Wake Forest campus during the summer prior to beginning the program in August.


Wake Forest’s accounting curriculum allows graduate students to tailor their accounting classes towards their career interests. Our Masters in Accountancy graduate program offers three distinct career tracks:

  • Assurance Services, for careers in the assurance/audit practice area
  • Financial Transaction Services (only offered at Wake Forest), for careers in the financial transaction and advisory services areas
  • Tax Consulting, for careers in the tax services practice area

Courses include Forensic Accounting, Business Analysis and Valuation, and Tax Policy and Planning. 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 Preparation and Paid Internship

In addition to our accounting classes, Wake Forest provides some of the best CPA exam preparation in the country. We take the CPA review seriously and partner with nationally recognized Becker CPA Exam Review to help you prepare. In fact, our pass rate has been #1 in the country more than any other school since 1997. Our faculty facilitate the review sessions, which occur in May and June after the second semester of the program.

We also offer an optional third semester which provides students with a nine-week paid internship. This opportunity includes first-hand accounting experience during the busy tax season. In the past, many students have received full-time offers after graduating as a result of these internships.

Foundational Coursework


Foundational Courses Include:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Dates Location
N/A Principles of Financial Accounting 3.0 prior to June any non-WFU campus
N/A Introductory Statistics 3.0 prior to June any non-WFU campus
FIN 510 Principles of Finance 3.0 late May to June WFU campus
ACC 520 Intermediate Accounting I 4.0 late May to June WFU campus
ACC 530 Intermediate Accounting II 4.0 early July to August WFU campus
ACC 540 Introductory Tax 3.0 early July to August WFU campus


Foundational courses are a requirement of the MSA degree but do not count towards the 30 hour minimum of required coursework.


Learn more about our proven graduate Accounting curriculum!

Wake Forest University’s Masters in Accounting curriculum includes three career tracks, a paid internship, and an unparalleled CPA exam pass rate. Interested in learning more? Request information today!