MSA Financial Leadership in Accounting Pathway

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Undergraduate degree + Internship + Master's of Science in Accounting in 4.5 years!

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to earn your undergraduate degree with an option in accounting and Masters of Science in Accounting (MSA) in 4.5 years* through our Financial Leadership in Accounting Pathway. This distinct program for high achieving UNH accounting option undergraduates interested in the accelerated master's program not only saves you time and money, but will help you gain real-world experience and insight into the critical role financial leaders play in daily operations and decision making for a variety of industries. 


* This program and our accelerated masters are meant to be flexible and can be completed in 4 - 5 years.

Master of Science in Accounting

MSA Curriculum


Scott Berube
Principle Lecturer, Accounting
Director of MSA Program
(603) 862-3391
Paul College Rm 323


years* to earn your undergraduate and master's degree


exclusive financial leadership events with employer partners each year 


potential earnings during the guaranteed winter internship program (with flexible work arrangements)


MSA courses completed during undergrad studies also count towards the B.S. in Business Administration


Program Value

  • Career Readiness: Gain skills that will lead to competitive advantage in job placement and advancement via coursework and the pathway’s built-in internship requirement, which immerses you in the real-world “busy season” with a sponsoring accounting firm (for up to 4 months). Plus, many hiring firms offer a salary differential or hiring bonus for those completing the MSA Financial Leadership Pathway!
    • 100% placement rate for students graduating from the MSA program.*
    • #1 on CPA pass rates (for first-time testing events for advanced degree candidates) in New England.
    • $68k average starting salary for students completing the MSA program.† 
  • Accessibility to Leaders: Take advantage of special access to mentoring & leadership/networking events held by community leaders in accounting.  Sponsors of the program include representation from the Big-4 International accounting firms and regional accounting firms.
  • Additional scholarships earmarked for students in the Pathway.
  • Industry-driven curriculum: Immerse yourself in topics such as forensic accounting; corporate tax; governmental accounting; ethics; nonprofit accounting; accounting information systems w/ analytics; international accounting.
  • MSA Your Way: Students can participate in the Pathway even if they wish to complete it over more than 4.5 years, want a summer internship, or even plan to study abroad for a semester.


* This program and our accelerated masters are meant to be flexible and can be completed in 4 - 5 years.
† For MSA students eligible to work in U.S. 

Embark on the Pathway

Interested undergraduate students:

  1.  Are encouraged to talk with their Paul College advisor about taking an accounting class in the spring of their freshman year.;
  2. Should apply to the MSA Financial Leadership Pathway early in the spring semester of sophomore year;
  3. Should apply to the accelerated MSA program no later than the fall semester of their junior year (you must have a 3.2 GPA or higher to qualify). Let the Paul College Graduate Admissions Team know you are interested, and they can guide you through the application process, so you are able to enroll in some graduate courses once you have completed 90 undergraduate credits.


What's the difference between the Pathway and a M.S. in Accounting?

The MSA Financial Leadership in Accounting Pathway uniquely prepares you for completing your M.S. in Accounting. If accepted into the Pathway, you will gain insight into the Accounting field through exclusive events and mentorship opportunities ahead of choosing to apply for your Master's of Science in Accounting (MSA), with the added benefit of being able to receive your degree on an accelerated timeline, if accepted into the MSA.