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Master of Accountancy: Career Outlook

Find your path to leadership.

Whether you’re pursuing your CPA*,**, seeking a high-level promotion, or starting a new career in accounting, our Master of Accountancy (MAcc) meets your needs.

We also offer market-relevant specializations in Forensic Accounting and Accounting Analytics, or the option to choose any five electives, so you can customize the MAcc to your goals.

Join an academic community with members in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and more.

You’ll benefit from the mentorship of our CPA-certified faculty, as well as our Accounting Department Partnership Council, which features practicing CPAs from the Big 4 accounting firms.

Accounting Manager:


As an accounting manager, you would direct accounting staff, prepare financial statements, create new policies and procedures, and advise your organization’s senior executives.

Master’s-educated accounting managers earn a median salary of $96,100, and in 2019, earned salaries as high as $106,700.1



As a controller, you’d be your company’s chief accounting executive. You would oversee the treasury, monitor all incoming and outgoing transactions and investments, and conduct regular audits.

Master’s-educated controllers earn a median salary of $111,000, and in 2019, earned salaries ranged as high as $137,900.1

Risk Analyst


As a risk analyst, you’d ensure your organization avoids losses by reducing their exposure to risk, such as regulatory, compliance, legal, or economic risk. 

Master’s-educated risk analysts earn a median salary of $100,800, and in 2019, earned salaries ranged as high as $116,700.1

Prepare for this position with the Accounting Analytics specialization.

Compliance Manager


As a compliance manager, you’d keep your organization consistent with the latest rules and regulations and maintain the confidence of customers and stakeholders.

The median salary for master’s-educated compliance managers is $97,400, and in 2019, earned salaries ranged as high as $118,700.1

Prepare for this position with the Forensic Accounting specialization.

Additional roles for Master of Accountancy graduates include:

  • Director of accounting
  • Director of financial reporting
  • Tax director
  • Internal auditor
  • General accountant
  • Credit analyst
  • Staff accountant
  • Private banking director
  • Accounts receivable manager
  • Investment analyst
  • Financial and reporting manager
  • Risk analyst
  • Compliance director

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Program Outcomes: Accounting Leadership

At The University of Scranton, you’ll earn an AACSB-accredited education with a foundation in Jesuit principles and gain the hard and soft skills you need to lead. Graduate ready to:

You’ll complete this program with the robust accounting knowledge you need to take the CPA exam.*,** You will also have a distinctive set of outcomes depending on which specialization you choose.

Specializations to Match Your Career Goals

MAcc: Forensic Accounting

Harness a dual expertise in accounting and forensics to protect an organization’s most vital assets.

MAcc: Accounting Analytics

Get a competitive edge in accounting with analytical and computer skills to support financial and managerial decision-making.

Scranton Career Support

Whether you’re just starting out or advancing in your field, the Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development is here to support you.

Both before and after you graduate, our experienced advisors can help you build your career and find opportunities that suit your unique skills and talents.

Let’s work together to ensure your success. We can’t wait to get to know you.

Global Network

Join a network of more than 45,000 accomplished Scranton alumni, who live across the nation and in more than 20 countries around the world.


Take advantage of Firsthand (formerly Vault), a comprehensive resource for all career planning purposes.

Job Search Advice

Receive help with your résumé, cover letter or online profile, and practice meeting with potential employers using Big Interview, an online interview preparation tool.


Get exclusive access to Handshake, our online recruiting platform, and connect with new jobs, career fairs, recruitment activities, skill-building workshops and more.


  1. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved November 20, 2019.

*Note that The University of Scranton accounting program also meets the NYS CPA license education requirements as an “Equivalent to a NYS Licensure Qualifying Registered Program.”

**Many states require 150 semester hours of education within a prescribed accounting coursework curriculum for obtaining the CPA license. Students without prior accounting and related coursework are unlikely to meet this requirement through completing the MAcc program. Such students may need to complete additional required course(s). Please refer to your individual state’s requirements.