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M.S. in Accounting (non-Accounting background)

Re-imagine your future with a master’s in accounting for non-accounting majors

Organizations need people who understand the fundamentals of accounting for business, finance, and even forensic accounting. So, what if you’re ready for a career pivot yet don’t have an undergraduate degree in accounting? With our pathway to Franklin’s M.S. in Accounting, you don’t need an accounting background or a bachelor’s in accounting. Franklin’s one-class-at-a-time pathway lets you earn a 100% online M.S. in Accounting in about 31 months, opening the door to new career opportunities for you.

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Industry-Aligned Curriculum

Learn to apply best-practice accounting guidelines.

31-Month Completion

Get to your future career in accounting in less than 3 years.

Streamlined Pathway

A five-course pathway positions non-accounting majors for success.

Program Overview

Earn a master’s in accounting – without a bachelor’s in accounting

Want a career in accounting but didn’t major in it? With Franklin’s 100% online non-majors pathway to an M.S. in Accounting, you don’t need a bachelor’s in accounting to further your education and your career. Franklin offers busy working adults an affordable pathway to build their core accountancy skills – no accounting undergraduate required. 

With our streamlined pathway to a master’s in accounting, you could ready yourself for Franklin’s M.S. in Accounting degree program in just 5 terms. And, in 31 months you could graduate with an in-demand master’s in accounting degree prepared and ready to start a whole new career.

Develop relevant accounting skills and competencies

Establish your accounting knowledge base and grow your financial and managerial accounting and auditing skills with the master’s bridge program for non-accounting majors. This pathway to Franklin’s M.S. in Accounting degree program consists of 5 corequisite courses, each of which builds upon the other to ensure you’ve developed the essential accounting skills needed to earn a master’s in accounting without an accounting undergraduate degree. At Franklin, you’ll learn the fundamentals of financial reporting, explore cost behavior and analysis, and apply learned theories and concepts to tax accounting, auditing and accounting ethics.

How to quickly prepare for the M.S. in Accounting degree program

Franklin’s fast-track pathway to a master’s in accounting for non-accounting majors can help you ramp up for a new job opportunity or the next phase of your accounting career – without earning another bachelor’s degree.

Franklin’s accounting masters for non-majors pathway not only features industry-relevant accounting bridge courses, it lets you learn from the real-world experience of seasoned, in-field accounting professionals who’ve worked in public and private accounting. 

Plus, at Franklin, you’ll benefit from convenient and interactive online classes, as well as the support of academic advisors committed to easing your transition to becoming an accounting student. Get started on your future today.

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Choose Franklin's M.S. in Accounting and get a high-quality degree that fits your life and your budget. 

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Corequisite Curriculum

Courses
ACCT 215 - Financial Accounting (4)
An introduction to accounting emphasizing how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business corporation's performance and position for users external to management. Approximately one third of the course emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information and includes exposure to recording transactions, adjusting balances and preparing financial statements for service and merchandise firms according to established rules and procedures. The balance of the course examines major elements of the statements such as cash, receivables, inventory, long-lived assets, depreciation, payroll, bonds, and other liabilities and stocks. Concepts of this course are applied to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 225). Students are advised to avoid any time lapse between these courses.
ACCT 225 - Managerial Accounting (4)
The study of management accounting for internal reporting and decision-making. The course introduces a business-management approach to the development and use of accounting information. Major topics include cost behavior, cost analysis, profit planning and control measures. Accounting for decentralized operations, capital budgeting decisions, and ethical challenges in managerial accounting are also covered.
ACCT 310 - Intermediate Accounting I (4)
The first of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, the conceptual framework, development of generally accepted accounting principles, and applications are stressed. Topics include the income statement, the statement of cash flows and the balance sheet, specifically asset accounts.
ACCT 320 - Intermediate Accounting II (4)
The second of two in-depth financial accounting courses. Theory, concepts and applications are stressed. Topics include time value of money, current and non-current liabilities, leases, deferred taxes, retirement benefits, stockholders, equity, earning per share, accounting changes and errors, and statement of cash flows.
ACCT 470 - Auditing (4)
A study of the planning, evidence gathering, internal control review, sampling, and application of procedures used to audit assets, liabilities, equity and related income statement accounts of a profit-oriented enterprise. Includes an evaluation of the audit profession including professional standards, ethics and liability of CPAs. Also includes a student-prepared audit case for hands-on application of audit procedures. The reporting requirements for compilation and review services and a thorough study of the types of audit opinions will also be studied. In addition, an audit research paper is required.

Complete five corequisite courses that provide foundational knowledge in accounting and then seamlessly transition to master’s level coursework. 

Available M.S. in Accounting Programs

Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Franklin’s M.S. in Accounting helps you boost your accounting knowledge while you build in-demand skills in research, communication and technology. Earn your degree 100% online and balance earning an employer-respected degree with your life.

M.S. in Accounting Financial Operations Focus

Become a trusted advisor on any management team by learning to think critically about big-picture accounting systems and processes, communicate more effectively, and leverage technology in new and innovative ways.

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M.S. in Accounting Taxation

Build your prowess with both the technical and non-technical aspects of accounting and learn to navigate critical tax issues. With Franklin’s hands-on curriculum, you’ll emerge with the practical experience necessary to tackle the day-to-day responsibilities of a tax professional.

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M.S. in Accounting-Pathway for Non-Accounting Majors

Make the career change you’ve been longing for. Five 12-week classes provide the foundational knowledge to prepare you to conquer master’s-level coursework.  

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Microcredentials Align with Job Essentials

In today's dynamic work environments, adaptive professionals thrive. A microcredential - either as a stand-alone course or integrated into your degree program - is a short, skill-specific recognition that enables you to demonstrate your competency in a distinct area. Like Franklin's degree programs, microcredentials are aligned with market and industry demand to ensure what you learn can be put to use right away. Microcredentials are easily shared via digital badges and can be stacked to create a unique portfolio of in-demand skills.

M.S. in Accounting (non-Accounting background) Program Details

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