Mendoza School of Business

Accountancy (MSA)

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

Top-ranked MSA degree. Top-ranked career.

The Public Accounting Report credits Notre Dame as having 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, our program will help you grow the good in business and yourself. What’s more, with a flexible curriculum loaded with electives, you can customize your learning experience to best suit your needs.

Start Date
Mid-August OR January

100% Accepted Job Offers
within 6 months of graduation (2023)

Median Salary (2023)

What You’ll Learn

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.

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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Flexible Curriculum

Notre Dame's MSA curriculum is comprised of 60 percent elective courses, affording students the opportunity to pursue their interests while also meeting the requirements for graduation. Whether you want to dive into additional accounting courses, take a finance course alongside our MBA students, or hone in on your analytical framework, our flexible curriculum will provide you with the necessary skills to launch your career.

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Grow the Good

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.

Choose a Track Tailored to Your Career Goals

    • The Assurance and Advisory Services track will prepare 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.

In either track, you have the opportunity to add a STEM-designated concentration in Data Analytics to your studies to prepare you for an analytical accounting career.

Hear From Our Students

Learn more about the student experience from current MSA candidates:


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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 (AIP). 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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MSA Class Profile – Class of 2024

Total Students

Female Students

Domestic Minority Students

Non-accounting Bachelor Degrees

International Students

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Career Development

Career Development 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. Historically, more than 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.

MSA Class of 2023 graduates have started their careers at the following companies

  • Andersen Tax
  • Baker Tilly
  • BDO
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • General Motors
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • TM Financial Forensics

100% of MSA Class of 2023 graduates accepted fill-time offers within six months of graduation with a $73,000 average base salary.

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 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.

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

Join a Community Committed to Your Success.

With the help of one-on-one career coaching, 100% of our graduates secured employment within six months of graduation.

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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.


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

The Notre Dame MSA is still accepting applications for the Fall 2024 start until July 15. The admissions committee reviews applications as they are received. Selected candidates will be invited for a virtual interview on a rolling basis. Decisions will be released after the interview and full review of the application. The 2024 – 2025 MSA Application will open July 2024.

RoundApplication DeadlineDecision ReleaseConfirmation Deadline
(typically 30 days)
Early ActionSept. 5, 2024Oct. 18, 2024Nov. 18, 2024
Round 1Oct. 15, 2024Dec. 13, 2024Jan. 13, 2025
Round 2Jan. 7, 2025Mar. 14, 2025Apr. 15, 2025
Round 3Mar. 17, 2025May 2, 2025Jun. 2, 2025

Spring Applicants

Spring 2025 applicants need to apply by October 15 to allow for processing before January.

AIP Applicants

Accounting Immersion Program candidates are required to submit their application and all supporting credentials by March 17.

International Applicants

International candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by January 7, 2025, 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)
  • Audit & Assurance Services
  • Federal Taxation

Are you missing prerequisite courses? No problem! Complete them the summer before the program starts with the Accounting Immersion Program.

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Tuition & Aid

Tuition for the 2024-2025 MSA program is $51,710.

All qualified candidates, regardless of citizenship, have the opportunity to receive merit-based scholarships. To be considered, please ensure you complete the scholarship section of the application before submission.

Decisions on merit-based MSA scholarships will be provided at the time of admission.


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MSA Voices

Hear from the M.S. in Accountancy community featuring insights about life as a student, experiences that shape your Mendoza journey, and the impact a Notre Dame MSA can have on your career.

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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

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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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