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 a combination of required core coursework, as well as track-specific and other elective courses (specific course options below).

Students who have not completed the foundational courses are required to complete them on the Wake Forest campus during the summer, with noted exceptions.

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 Enterprise Risk Management.
  • 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 make themselves available to answer questions for students during CPA study time, which occurs 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 14 times since establishing the MSA program in 1997, according to the Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance – more than any other program in the nation.


Paid Internship Option


A major benefit of the Wake Forest Masters in Accounting program is the optional professional internship — a nine-week paid position that provides real-world experience for those students in our three-semester program. Those securing internships will work in the busy season during the spring semester. These internships 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. Almost all of our students participating in this option receive full-time job offers from their internship experiences, as well as 4.5 hours of course credit.


Foundational Classes – offered Summer Semester


If you feel you may benefit from a refresher course or have not taken one or more of the foundational classes during your undergraduate studies, we offer select classes on the Wake Forest campus during the summer months.  Courses not offered on the Wake Forest campus must be taken at another accredited college or university. The certification committee requires successful completion of all foundational courses to remain in good academic standing for the length of the program.


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.