Career

Secure a Career in a Growing Field

Research shows Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) graduates are more likely than others to get promoted to senior management and partnership positions at accounting firms. With an MSA from Maryland Smith, you’ll have stand-out credentials and access to helpful resources, putting you on the right track toward achieving your professional goals.

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$2.5M vs. $4M

Estimated lifetime earning of graduate with a BA in Accounting versus an MSA with a CPA certification.

$2.5M vs. $4M

Estimated lifetime earning of graduate with a BA in Accounting versus an MSA with a CPA certification.

Source: Becker/Accounting Today

Picture yourself as a ...

Assurance or Audit Accountant

Forensic Accountant

Tax Accountant

Corporate Accountant

Risk and IT Risk Consultant

Financial Consultant

Our MSA students have been hired by companies such as ...

 Deloitte
 PWC
KPMG
EY
BDO
Grant Thornton

CohnReznick

Morgan Stanley

 

Boost your Professional Skills 

Maryland Smith’s Office of Career Services (OCS) can help you bridge the gap between being a student and an employed professional. You’ll have one-on-one access to a career coach who will provide you with personalized tips on how to articulate your strengths when interacting with your future employer.

OCS services you'll have personal access to include: 

  • Strategic job search planning
  • Résumé workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • Salary negotiation coaching
  • Individualized and small group coaching
  • Job fairs
  • Networking events

Where Your Degree Can Take You

FASTER THAN AVERAGE

10-year job growth for Accountants and Auditors

FASTER THAN AVERAGE

10-year job growth for Accountants and Auditors

$70k

Medium annual salary for Accountants and Auditors

41%

Employers planning to hire MSA job candidates

Sources: GMAC, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Connect With Your Classmates

Join a club in line with what you’re currently studying or other clubs that will provide you with general connections and skills.

Graduate Students Accounting Association

This is the staple club for Maryland Smith’s MSA students. It offers great opportunities for you to network with your peers and become involved in social activities.

Smith Peers

Connect with first- and second-year master's degree students and participate in networking events, such as alumni meet-and-greets, mentorship meetups and career panels.

MS Professional Communication Club

Practice and receive feedback on your communication skills. You'll learn how to prepare speeches, perform well in a case competitions and engage in impromptu talks and conversations.

“Because of the people I’ve met here and the location, I’ve really found out what my career goal is. This is the most rewarding benefit I got from the program.”

Chen Zhang

MS Accounting ’14 | Tax Senior, Ernst & Young