Master of Science in Accounting Career Outlook

The Master of Science in Accounting from The Peter J. Tobin College of Business provides graduates with the specialized knowledge in accounting, taxes and auditing that enables them to enter or advance their accounting careers in the profession of public accountancy or in managerial positions in industry, government and not-for-profit organizations.

The demand for specialists in the accounting field has accelerated dramatically as financial regulations have evolved. This need will only grow further as corporations continue to increase their transparency. Likewise, changing financial sector laws and regulations increases the demand for accounting professionals who understand the new standards and can shepherd companies through the regulatory changes.

Employment of business and financial operations occupations overall is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, adding about 632,400 new jobs. There were also a reported 1,332,700 accountants and auditors in 2014. By 2024, these jobs are projected to grow by a faster-than-average 11 percent, resulting in roughly 1,475,100 accounting and auditor jobs in the U.S.1

Just a few of the sample job titles the M.S.A. degree will prepare you for include:

  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • CFO
  • Controller
  • CPA
  • Director of operations
  • Finance manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Forensic accountant
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Personal financial adviser
  • VP of operations

Many of these positions are both financially rewarding and poised for continuing job expansion. Listed below are some representative careers in accounting that the M.S.A. prepares you for, along with median pay and job growth figures:

Job Title 2015 Median Pay2 Job Growth by 2024
Financial Manager $117,990 7%
Top Executives $102,690 6%
Financial Analyst $80,310 12%
Personal Financial Advisor $89,160 30%
Budget Analyst $71,590 3%
Accountants and Auditors $67,190 11%

In addition to building valuable skills, your M.S.A. education from St. John’s also gives you access to a wide range of career services resources, as well as to an extensive, supportive alumni network that is well-represented in the "Big Four" and other top firms. Our alumni from The Peter J. Tobin College of Business have an outstanding track record of success. Top employers that have hired our graduates include:

  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • Protiviti – A Robert Half Company
  • McGladrey
  • BDO
  • Grant Thornton

When you earn your M.S.A. from St. John’s University, you receive more than a quality education. You will also have access to a network of active, supportive alumni working in nearly every industry in one of the world’s leading commercial and cultural capitals. In addition, St. John’s offers all students outstanding career advisement, job readiness skill training, mentoring programs, and internship placement and employment services to facilitate your post-graduation success.

Advance your career with an M.S.A. degree from St. John’s University. Contact us at 844-393-1677 or Request More Information today!

1US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm
2US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, accessed by search by job title at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/