The Biggest Names in Accounting Have One Name in Common – Walsh

Walsh is a nationally and internationally ranked business school whose roots are founded in Accounting. Our department and faculty are renowned for their hands-on curriculum, one-on-one attention and focus on student success. You learn from academic business minds who bring real world situations to the classroom whether it’s online, remote synchronous or on ground. The flexibility and support Walsh offers provides any student the opportunity to balance earning a degree with a career and other life priorities.

Our Accounting Programs

BACHELOR OF ACCOUNTANCY

A Walsh Bachelor of Accountancy (BAC) equips you to think analytically, solve problems efficiently, and communicate effectively.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTANCY

The Walsh Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC) is designed to teach mastery of accounting concepts and financial analysis, while sharpening your analytical thinking and communication skills.

DUAL MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTANCY AND MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Earn two graduate degrees in one concise program. Combine the strength of the internationally-ranked Walsh Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the depth of a Master of Science in Accountancy (MAC).

Professional Development Opportunities Available

Faculty

Walsh faculty bring years of real world experience to the classroom. In fact, 95% of faculty have or are still working in industry and 80% are licensed CPAs. You will be able to take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to your career right away.

Join the Walsh Family

Your network is a valuable asset. At Walsh, you build lasting relationships with classmates, faculty and alumni. It is a powerful network that will support and help you throughout your career journey.

Lifetime Career Services

Walsh partners with over 1,000 local businesses and corporations each year to offer a variety of resources and professional opportunities.

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Over $400k in Scholarships

There are many scholarships available at both the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

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Free Tutoring

We strive to ensure students have the resources needed to get ahead academically and professionally.

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Simple Transfer Process

As a transfer student, you’ve worked hard and now it’s time to take your education to the next level. At Walsh, you can transfer up to 91 credits.

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Financial Aid

We strive to ensure students have the resources needed to get ahead academically and professionally.

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FastTrack Two Degrees in Two Years

FastTrack is an accelerated program that lets you earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and graduate with the skills you need to jump start your career.

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How Do I Become a CPA?

Are you considering becoming a Certified Public Account (CPA) but not sure where to start? Review our guide on the steps needed and the classes required to sit for the CPA exam.

FAQs

What is the difference between Walsh’s master’s of accounting programs?

We have two master of accountancy programs, one for students with no accounting education background and one for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting.

Master of Accountancy

The Master of Accountancy (MAC) is for students without a bachelor’s in accounting who wish to enter the field of accounting. MAC curriculum is focused primarily on intermediate and advanced concepts of accounting, effective accounting methods, and gaining the knowledge and skills required to sit for the CPA exam and ultimately attain an accounting position in public accounting, private business, or governmental accounting. An individual with talent and interest in working with numbers and strong attention to detail can excel in this program and career field.

Master of Accountancy for students with an accounting degree

Students with an accounting degree who want to advance their accounting careers can complete this 30-credit degree in a little over a year. It also offers students the opportunity to attain the required 150 credit hours for CPA licensure while earning a graduate degree. Students pursuing the MAC for accounting graduates are able to choose five accounting courses that best support their personal and professional interest and can also choose a specialization in data analytics, finance, or tax. The MAC for accounting graduates can help students stand out when applying for a competitive position or seeking a promotion into a management position. Many CPAs with a graduate degree have opened their own accounting firms or advanced in corporations to the position of chief financial officer, controller, COO or CEO. There are also opportunities to work for the FBI or other law enforcement agencies investigating fraud, tax evasion, and different financial crimes.

How much do accountants make with a master’s degree?

One of the most oft-cited pros of an accounting career is the pay. According to Master_of_Accounting_(MAcc)/Salary payscale.com, the average salary for graduates with a master’s in accounting is more than $71,300. Additionally, accounting positions offer job stability and potential for growth. When combined with a below average unemployment rate and increasing overall demand, accounting students can feel confident they’ll be able to put their degree to use after graduation. The demand for skilled accountants is strong and as a result, companies offer attractive salaries. There are also opportunities for accountants to advance to upper management positions such as CEO of a corporation. If you prefer to be your own boss, you can start your own accounting firm and provide accounting services for businesses or individuals. The more education you have as an accountant, the better paid you will be. An accountant with a master’s degree and several years of experience can end up working in management or other high-level positions. These positions usually fetch six-figure salaries, plus benefits.

What are some accounting careers that students can expect to pursue with a master’s of accounting?

Traditionally, accountants perform audits, file taxes, and keep a close eye on a company’s overall financial picture. But in the 21st century, accountants also help businesses thrive in nontraditional ways. Beyond crunching numbers and providing fiscal insight, accountants can help businesses protect against fraud, analyze expenditures, increase compliance, and even measure the successful launch of new products. Some common positions include: accountant, auditor, financial analyst, cost accountant, tax accountant, internal auditor, budget analyst, forensic accountant, government accountant, FBI Special Agent, non-profit accountant, accounting manager, budget manager, controller, accounting director, treasurer, CFO…you can see what a wide range of career opportunities exist with an accounting degree.

What do you see for the accounting job market in the next five years?

As long as businesses exist, accountants will be in demand. Accountants play an essential role in keeping businesses within their budgets. Employment for accountants and auditors is projected to grow at least four percent through 2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and those with a master’s in accounting may have an advantage. Despite fluctuating with the economy, accountants can look forward to a stable career. In fact, the employment rate for Walsh master of accountancy graduates is more than 98%. Individuals with industry-wide certifications will be preferred over non-certified accountants. Many employers recommend that aspiring accountants and individuals who intend to occupy accounting-related positions should acquire industry-wide certification in their specific occupations. Accounting positions have recently been noted as one of a handful of career fields where individuals can expect high earning potential, especially with a strong educational background. The steady demand for accountants is driving salaries up as well.

What makes the Walsh accounting programs different from other schools?
Reputation and connections

Walsh’s reputation and connections in the industry set us apart from other schools. Accounting is a legacy program at Walsh; we have been educating business students in the field of accounting for nearly 100 years. As a national leader in the accounting and tax professions, Walsh has also fostered long-term relationships with the top accounting firms in southeastern Michigan. Many of those firms, including the Big 4, work with our Lifetime Career Services office to recruit students, and we have alumni working in nearly every Fortune 500 company in Michigan.

Faculty working in the field

Walsh accounting faculty is passionate, engaging, supportive, and determined to provide students with the technical and conceptual knowledge for a successful career in accounting, as well as the problem-solving and communication skills to apply their knowledge in a professional setting. As many faculty are working in the field, they have first-hand background knowledge of industry trends, allowing them to paint a vivid picture of current and emerging accounting and financial reporting issues. This gives students the ability to not simply memorize principles, but to understand the “why” that supports their origin. Students learn from industry experts with the opportunity for individualized attention during and after class time. The programs are challenging and fast paced, but the reward is the opportunity to successfully pursue your professional and career goals.

How long does it take to get a master’s degree in accounting at Walsh?

The Walsh MAC can be completed in two years and students will have all of the accounting courses required to sit for the CPA exam. The MAC for accounting graduates can be completed in a little over a year and offers students the opportunity to attain the required 150 credit hours for CPA licensure while earning a graduate degree. With four 11-week semesters and year-round registration, Walsh students can make steady progress toward their degree all year and register for the classes they need up to a year in advance.

CMA Pass Rate

POPULATION 2019 CMAD EXAM 1 CMAD EXAM 2 TOTAL
Walsh Students 67% 100% 78%

 

POPULATION 2018 CMAD EXAM 1 CMAD EXAM 2 TOTAL
Walsh Students 50% 67% 57%

CPA Pass Rate

POPULATION 2019 AUDITING AND ATTESTATION BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND CONCEPTS FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING REGULATIONS
Walsh Students 36.7% 44.6% 38.2% 54.5%
Nationally 51.1% 60% 46.3% 56.3%

 

POPULATION 2018 AUDITING AND ATTESTATION BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND CONCEPTS FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING REGULATIONS
Walsh Students 40.5% 65.5% 38.8% 64%
Nationally 51% 59.4% 46.2% 53.1%

 

POPULATION 2017 AUDITING AND ATTESTATION BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND CONCEPTS FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING REGULATIONS
Walsh Students 48.7% 45.1% 47.8% 60.5%
Nationally 48.6% 53% 44.4% 47.2%