Mendoza School of Business

Accountancy (MSA)

Learn Why a Top Ranked MSA Can Boost your Career with a Data Analytics Concentration

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Stand out in your career with a top-ranked MSA degree.

Our students come with solid quantitative skills and leave more than prepared to excel in their accounting careers. They expect more from a master’s program — to build careers that stand the test of time. Strong recruiting by the top accounting firms and financial services, coupled with high CPA exam performance, ensures our graduates start making an immediate impact after graduation.

According to the Public Accounting Report, ours is one of the top four Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) and Master of Accounting (MAcc) programs in the nation — known for its quality, rigor and focus on ethics. The MS in Accountancy program at Notre Dame will help you grow the good in business and yourself.

10 Months

Format & Location:
Full-time || Notre Dame Campus

Start Date:
Mid-August || January

Highlights: MSA Student Experience

The 10-month MSA is a rigorous full-time program, located on our iconic campus. To prepare for today’s complex accounting environment, you want to learn from the best. At Notre Dame, you will:

Add Analytics to Your Accounting Toolkit

Be on the leading edge of modern accounting by adding a STEM-designated concentration in data analytics to your studies. The role of today’s accountant is evolving and needs qualified professionals to lead the way.

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Pick a Path That Works for You.

The Assurance and Advisory Services track is ideal for preparing you for a career in public accounting, corporate finance or with a financial institution. The Tax Services track will prepare you for a career with a public accounting firm, business enterprise or governmental agency. Regardless of the track you choose, you can tailor your learning with our wide variety of elective courses.

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Join a Community Committed to Your Success.

The connection among MSA students doesn't end at commencement. You'll find that your peers and classmates become your professional support network and your lifelong friends.

MSA Class Profile – Three Year Average

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Career Development

Historically, over 80% of our MSA students accepted employment offers with one of the Big Four accounting firms. Other graduates accepted opportunities with a variety of firms or chose to pursue further education. All of them were prepared to do exactly what they wanted upon graduation.

Career Services provides a CPA academic adviser and one-on-one career coaching connecting you with unparalleled networking and job opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

The MSA program has a designated Faculty CPA Advisor on hand to assist you in selecting courses that are right for certification in your state

The MS in Accountancy Association, Beta Alpha Psi and the renowned Notre Dame alumni network present a wide range of professional networking opportunities.

With the help of one-on-one career coaching, 100% of our graduates secured employment within six months of graduation. 82% of accepted offers are with the Big Four.

  • Andersen Tax
  • BDO
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • PwC

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Student Life

MSA students are passionate about more than just accounting, and their interests extend beyond relentless career preparation. Rest assured, there’s a vibrant student life at Notre Dame waiting for your distinctive contributions.

As an MSA student, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in a variety of clubs, recreational sports and honor societies, such as Beta Alpha Psi and the MS in Accountancy Student Association (MSASA).
  • Serve with Habitat for Humanity, the Tax Assistance Program (which provides free income tax services to low-income families) or tutor and mentor students at local schools.
  • Attend a Notre Dame Graduate Alumni tailgate and mix with alumni, professors and recruiters in a casual setting, then watch the game from the graduate student section at Notre Dame Stadium.

What You’ll Learn: MSA Course of Study

One academic year — that’s two semesters and 30 total credit hours — is all it takes to receive a Notre Dame MSA degree and change the trajectory of your career forever.

At Notre Dame, one of the first things you’ll learn is that being ethical and being profitable are not mutually exclusive. Here we ask more of business by challenging our students to become ethical leaders who make decisions for the greater good.

  • The Assurance and Advisory Services track is ideal preparation for a career in public accounting, corporate finance or with a financial institution.
  • The Tax Services track will prepare you for a career with a public accounting firm, business enterprise or governmental agency.
  • Either track lets you add a STEM-designated concentration in Data Analytics to your studies to prepare for an analytical accounting career.

Your Notre Dame MSA degree will equip you with the skills to gain traction early, thrive in your chosen profession, and make the most of your opportunities. It’s incredible what we can pack into a year.

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Our Community

You will be challenged by world-class faculty and inspired by accomplished alumni. You will collaborate with students from a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds.

Larry Iwanski

Alumnus "The combination of Notre Dame’s academic reputation and being a Catholic University made the decision simple for me. It was a great privilege to study and receive a degree from Notre Dame."

Anh Duong

Alumna "During my career, I always knew I'd be able to achieve what I want and Big Four accounting was what I wanted. Notre Dame helped me shorten the process of getting there."

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Student "I chose Notre Dame because of the countless opportunities available to students inside and outside of the classroom, as well as the outstanding alumni network. Being a student in the MSA program has been instrumental in my personal and professional growth and has brought me lifelong friendships. I feel blessed to be a member of the ND family!"


The next step you take in your academic and professional life could be the one that accelerates your career, lifts your organization to the next level and changes the way you see the world. Students can start the program in either the Spring or Fall semester, but keep in mind the following dates.

GMAT/GRE Waivers

Notre Dame’s MSA program does not require the GMAT® for students who have or are expected to have an undergraduate degree from a U.S. college or university prior to enrollment. Applicants from colleges and universities outside the U.S. are required to submit a valid GMAT® score or apply for a GMAT waiver. The GMAT waiver may be approved for students who have demonstrated quantitative and academic readiness. To be eligible for a test score waiver, you must first submit an application.

An approved GMAT waiver is not an admission decision or an indication of an admission decision.

Application Deadlines

RoundDeadlineVirtual Interview DatesDecision Release
Early DecisionSept. 13, 2022Oct. 5-6, 2022
Oct. 11-12, 2022
Nov. 4, 2022
1Nov. 1, 2022Nov. 16-17, 2022
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2022
Dec. 16, 2022
2Jan. 10, 2023Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2023
Feb. 14-15, 2023
Mar. 17, 2023
Mar. 14, 2023Mar. 28-29, 2023
Apr. 4-5, 2023
Apr. 28, 2023
4May 2, 2023May 16-17, 2023Jun. 2, 2023

Spring Applicants

Spring 2023 applicants need to apply by Nov. 1 to allow for processing before January.

AIP Applicants

Accounting Immersion Program candidates are required to submit their application and all supporting credentials by March 14.

International Applicants

International candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by January 10, 2023, to allow time for visa paperwork and processing.

MSA Prerequisites

The following prerequisite coursework is required by applicants to the program:

  • Accountancy I (Financial Accounting)
  • Accountancy II (Managerial Accounting)
  • Measurement and Disclosure I (Intermediate Accounting I)
  • Measurement and Disclosure II (Intermediate Accounting II)
  • Strategic Cost Management (Cost Accounting)
  • Audit & Assurance Services
  • Federal Taxation

Need accounting core classes or missing prerequisites? Complete them the summer before the program starts with the Accounting Immersion Program.

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Tuition & Aid

Tuition for the 2022-2023 MSA program is $46,900.

Decisions on merit-based MSA fellowships will be provided at the time of admission. A fellowship evaluation is completed in conjunction with the admissions decision with no extra paperwork required. Be sure to check the box on the application to be considered for a fellowship.

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Accounting Immersion Program

Missing the prerequisites needed for the MSA program? Complete them the summer before the program starts with the Accounting Immersion Program.

Designed for non-accounting majors, this program equips you with core accounting knowledge, so you’re ready to start a successful accounting career.

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Visit Us

When considering a decision as important as where to pursue your master’s degree, a campus visit will help give you the insight you need to make the right choice.

It’s a chance for you to get to know Notre Dame and for us to get to know you.

Our students tell us that visiting the campus greatly impacted their decision to attend Notre Dame. Your visit can include:

  • Connecting with the admissions team
  • A tour of the Mendoza College of Business
  • A University of Notre Dame campus tour

Contact to schedule a time for you to visit.


Let’s get to know each other.

There are a number of ways to learn more about the MSA program—and for us to get to know you better.  Start now by introducing yourself.

Webinars & Information Sessions

Throughout the year, our admissions team and current students offer webinars, information sessions, and Q&A opportunities to help you understand our community and the opportunities the MSA program offers.

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