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MS Accounting: Business Background


At FGCU, achieving a Master's in Accounting and Taxation (M.S.) without a Bachelor's degree in accounting is now simpler and more affordable than ever. Most institutions require an additional 15-25 credits of prerequisites before starting your Master's Degree. FGCU has developed a 4 course pathway to make a fast and low-cost ways to get your degree and get you ready for the CPA exam.


Accounting Pathway Curriculum

If you are interested perusing your Master's in Accounting, but you do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting, students will need to take the following 4 courses before starting their 30 credit Master's degree. 

  • ACG 5005 Graduate Financial Accounting
  • ACG 5367 Graduate Cost Accounting
  • TAX 5005 Graduate Taxation 1
  • ACG 5627 Systems Auditing



Every course is designed to prepare you for the CPA exam and a successful career in accounting, auditing, taxation, fraud, and more.


Complete program in only 30 credit hours (less than 2 years) and helping you meet the 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam.


Courses taught 100% online. Flexible curriculum allows you to balance work, life, family, and college at your own pace.


This program offers a balanced approach to accounting and taxation. Many jobs that will exist 5 to 10 years from now do not exist today. Thus, the focus is not just on advanced technical competence in accounting and/or taxation, the effective use of technology in research and practice, effective communications with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders of diverse backgrounds, and ethical responsibilities but also on the development of life-long learning skills to maintain professional competence.

Students may also elect a concentration in analytics. The analytics concentration includes courses in Business Analytics, Big Data and Data Mining, Business Intelligence (BI) and Visualization.

Get Started TODAY!

Talk with Jazzmine Santiago (239-590-7029) to get the details you need to get started.

Earning Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accountants and Auditors should expect continued job growth between 2019 to 2029. BLS also states that the median salary for accountants and auditors was $71,550, with the top 10% of accounting earners making over $124 thousand per year. 


Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting

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Financial Controller

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Tax Director

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*Source payscale.com



Graduates with an M.S. in Accounting & Taxation will be able to:

  • Analyze the ethical implications of accounting and tax transactions

  • Conduct research pertinent to accounting issues and problems

  • Develop strategies to achieve a desired accounting objective

  • Communicate effectively at the professional level

  • Demonstrate effective mentoring skills

  • Analyze the implications of global accounting standards

  • Evaluate and revise accounting processes.



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AACSB International Accreditation

Top Accreditation Held by Fewer Than 5% of Business Colleges Worldwide

The FGCU Lutgert School of Business is accredited by the world's largest business education alliance, AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,500 member organizations and more than 785 accredited business schools worldwide. With its global headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA; Europe, Middle East, and Africa headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education.