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Master of Accountancy


The primary role of the program is to prepare students for careers in public accounting as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). The program focuses on the audit and attest functions of public accounting. The complexity of today’s business environment requires public accountants to have expertise in accounting principles and procedures, and to understand the financial, managerial, legal, and tax ramifications of business transactions. The master of science in accountancy at Boise State University is designed to prepare candidates for a career within the broader framework of business decision making.

CPAs must also be able to clearly communicate with clients and affected third parties, and with employees. Because of their financial expertise, CPAs frequently serve as advisors for a broad range of business decisions. Students will develop their technical expertise and business knowledge needed to provide these services. Graduates of the program are expected to become partners and owners of their own public accounting firms.

Our graduate programs meet the needs of both full-time students and working professionals desiring a schedule-flexible, first-class business education.

  • Students learn from nationally recognized faculty who possess valuable industry experience and PhDs from top schools.
  • The programs focus on working professionals to create abundant networking opportunities and a stimulating learning environment.
  • Our strong reputation and close relationships with the Boise business community provides graduates with a wide array of internship and employment opportunities.

There are now two ways to get your MSA degree at Boise State University–our traditional on-campus MSA program and our new 100% on-line MSA program.

On-campus MSA Program
Our on-campus MSA classes are offered though a combination of day and evening times. Classes are kept small so students can take an active role in their learning experience. See links on the left for information on how to apply.

On-line MSA Program
Our on-line MSA program is offered 100% on-line for more information on the program and how to apply please go to: https://online.boisestate.edu/masters-degrees/accountancy/admissions/ 

All of Boise State’s graduate business degrees are accredited by the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the gold standard of accreditation. No other graduate business program in the Treasure Valley has achieved this distinction.

Boise State University College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs is included in the Princeton Review. Check out our profile on the Princeton Review website.

Students may also pursue more detailed study of taxation through the Master of Science in Accountancy, Taxation emphasis.

The Graduate Accountancy Student Experience

Watch as MSA and MSAT students discuss the benefits of attending Boise State and how the program works for them!