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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

5 Reasons for the MSA

Page address: http://cob.mnsu.edu/msa/whymsa.html
  1. Affordable: It is among the most affordable offerings available in the region.
  2. Availability: It is available at two locations, Mankato and Twin Cities, during evening hours.
  3. Two for One: It prepares you for the CPA exam while you attain a Master’s degree.
  4. Technology: We use the best technology available anywhere to optimize the learning experience.
  5. Accreditation: The MSA is part of an AACSB accredited college and is the highest accreditation available.

The MSA program provides students with the credit hours necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), prepares them for success in a dynamic job market and produces graduates with skills and abilities that will allow them to advance faster. With convenient classes offered by respected faculty in both Mankato and Normandale, the 12-month program offers an exceptional value to both new graduates and anyone seeking to shift gears and pursue a career in public accounting.

MSA graduates offer an exceptional value to accounting firms, who are looking for employees who have done more than just fulfill the state’s required 150 credit hours. They want to see those additional credit hours focused on professional leadership skills and advanced accounting skills.

Our program incorporates both theory and technical expertise as well as the professional skills that employers are looking for: the ability to communicate clearly, collaborate easily, work well in a team, find new solutions, and keep an open mind.

Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are actively recruited by public accounting firms, corporations, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. To become a CPA, an individual must complete 150 credits of collegelevel coursework - but an undergraduate degree in accounting only requires 120 credit hours. The MSA provides the additional 30 credits and is sought after by many employers - including the Big 4 accounting firms, which regularly request MSA credentials. In public accounting firms, advancement opportunities without a CPA are limited, and most firms want entry-level employees to have earned the necessary credits in a more meaningful way than a double major before beginning employment.

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s MSA program is one of the most affordable programs in the region. Courses will be offered in both Mankato and Normandale, providing convenient access to the program wherever students are located.

As one of the few AACBS accredited business programs in the upper Midwest, the College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato will continue to provide quality accounting education through this new program offering.